|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||January 13, 2012|
|Contact:||Nicholas J. Lund, Civil War Associate, National Parks Conservation Association,
Office: 202.4654.3319; Cell:202.578.4251
Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, Office: 415.989.9921 x22, Cell: 415.847.1768
National Parks Group Applauds Senator Toomey's Support for Gettysburg Expansion Bill
Statement by Nicholas J. Lund, Civil War Associate, National Parks Conservation Association
“Senator Pat Toomey’s support of S. 1897, the Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion Act, increases the bill’s prospects for enactment by the U.S. Congress in 2012. The National Parks Conservation Association is grateful for Senator Toomey’s support.
“As we as a nation observe the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865), enactment of S. 1897 would appropriately recognize the significance and meaning of the Civil War in Gettysburg. Senator Robert Casey (D) introduced S. 1897, and Rep. Todd Platts (R) introduced comparable legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Once enacted, the bills would protect key features of one of America’s most historic outdoor classrooms — Gettysburg National Military Park.
“Our country is losing at least one million acres a year to development—an area roughly equivalent to the size of Delaware. By working to enact this bill, Senator Toomey is helping to ensure that our treasured lands remain intact and enhanced for our children and grandchildren to experience and explore.
“S. 1897 would protect two tracts of historic land as part of the Gettysburg National Military Park – the Gettysburg Train Station, and 45 acres along Plum Run at the eastern base of Big Round Top. The beautifully-restored Gettysburg Train Station served as a field hospital during the Battle of Gettysburg, and transported 15,000 wounded soldiers in the aftermath of the battle. On November 18, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln arrived here by train the night before delivering what became known as his Gettysburg Address. Located in downtown Gettysburg, the Lincoln Train Station will be operated through a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the Borough of Gettysburg, and will provide another important link between the town and the surrounding park.
“The Big Round Top property was the site of cavalry skirmishes during the Battle of Gettysburg. Acquisition of the property will also protect plant and animal habitat including critical wetlands along the Plum Run stream. This property abuts the Gettysburg National Military Park boundary on the southern end of the battlefield.
“Senator Toomey’s support demonstrates once again the strong nonpartisan support for America’s national parks, and the unique place they hold in American culture. We look forward to working with Senator Toomey and his colleagues to enact this bill and protect this remarkable part of our American story.”