|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||July 15, 2008|
|Contact:||Suzanne Dixon, Senior Program Manager, Texas Field Office, National Parks Conservation Association, Cell phone: 214-383-5381|
National Parks Conservation Association Testifies In Support of Fort Davis Expansion
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Testifying before Congress, the nation’s leading voice for the national parks, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today expressed support for legislation that would expand the boundaries of Fort Davis National Historic Site in Texas, and protect this national treasure from development threats.
"The preservation of Fort Davis National Historic Site is a high priority for NPCA, the residents of the Fort Davis community, and citizens from all parts of the United States, said Suzanne Dixon, NPCAs senior program manager of the organizations Texas Field Office in Dallas.
Fort Davis is regarded as the best-preserved fort in the American Southwest and critical to telling the national stories of westward expansion and the civil rights story of the Buffalo soldier.
Responding to concerns raised by NPCA and local residents, Congressman Ciro Rodriguez (D-23-TX) introduced H.R. 6176 to expand the boundary of Fort Davis to protect the bluff overlooking the park, which until recently, was under consideration for development.
In March 2008, NPCA’s report, America’s Heritage: For Sale, profiled the development threat to Fort Davis saying, "Any structure on that bluff, which looms over the officers row, would greatly impair the sense of history the fort now offers. The entire character of the setting for the fort will likely be forever altered if this bluff is not protected.
"Passage of this bill will ensure that Fort Davis remains an important and inspiring part of our national heritage for generations to come, Dixon said.
The bill is scheduled to be marked up by the full committee on Wednesday of this week; a companion bill has not yet been introduced in the U.S. Senate.
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