National Parks Group Applauds Senate Markup, New Bills to Enhance National Park System

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   November 21, 2013
Contact:   Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager National Parks Conservation Association: 415.728.1840; Mobile: 415.847.1768


National Parks Group Applauds Senate Markup, New Bills to Enhance National Park System

Statement by Kristen Brengel, Director of Legislative and Government Affairs, National Parks Conservation Association
“The National Parks Conservation Association thanks Senators Wyden and Murkowski for their leadership, and the committee for passing bills to enhance the legacy of our National Park System. The national park-focused bills reflect diverse and bipartisan support and will diversify our National Park System to better reflect and protect our heritage. We urge Congress to continue to build upon this momentum and bring these bills to a full Senate vote.”

“NPCA supports legislation that would amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, to include assessments of American Revolutionary War and War of 1812 sites in the United States. Each year, this nation loses more than one million acres of American Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and American Civil War battlefields due to degradation and the encroachment of incompatible development. The American Battlefield Protection Act would help slow the rate of the loss and enhance protection of our shared heritage, by assessing and acquiring battlefields and associated sites deemed nationally significant.”

Statement by Joy Oakes, Senior Regional Director for the Mid-Atlantic, National Parks Conservation Association
“As our country commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address this week, it is time for the full Senate to approve the Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion Act. The bill would add the Lincoln Train Station where President Abraham Lincoln arrived before delivering the Gettysburg Address and 45 acres of land near Plum Run, the scene of action during the battle, to Gettysburg National Military Park. These additions to the park would help tell the complete story of Gettysburg, protect park plants and wildlife, and provide a deeper experience for visitors.”

“Virginia U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner also introduced the Petersburg National Battlefield Boundary Modification Act this week, which would authorize the addition of significant Civil War battlefield lands to Petersburg National Battlefield. Petersburg is under substantial development pressure, and a comprehensive National Park Service study approved by the George W. Bush Administration calls for the addition of more than 7,000 acres of critical battlefield to be added to the national park. We applaud Senators Kaine and Warner for their leadership to protect places that tell the story of America’s Civil War to civil rights journey, and enhance Petersburg’s ability to attract visitors.”

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