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Busterbuttonboy
04-19-2009, 07:26 PM
Well folks, I am happy reading something positive in the news especially when it concerns preservation. Here are some links and text. The first is a good thing although it is outside of our time period, however I posted it because it should be extreme interest to us. The American Battlefield Protection Program was also refunded. For those of you not in the know, they are heavily involved in making CWPT efforts for instance happen.
www2.cr.nps.gov/abpp/

Heres the text for HR 146!

Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)
HR 146 EH
111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 146

AN ACT

To establish a battlefield acquisition grant program for the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act'.

SEC. 2. BATTLEFIELD ACQUISITION GRANT PROGRAM FOR BATTLEFIELDS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND WAR OF 1812.

(a) Definitions- In this Act:

(1) BATTLEFIELD REPORT- The term `battlefield report' means the document titled `Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States', prepared by the National Park Service, and dated September 2007.

(2) ELIGIBLE ENTITY- The term `eligible entity' means a State or local government.

(3) ELIGIBLE SITE- The term `eligible site' means a site that--

(A) is not within the exterior boundaries of a unit of the National Park System; and

(B) is identified in the battlefield report.

(4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the American Battlefield Protection Program.

(b) Establishment- The Secretary shall establish a battlefield acquisition grant program for nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under which the Secretary may make grants to eligible entities to pay the Federal share of the cost of acquiring fee-simple or lesser interests from willing sellers in eligible sites for the preservation and protection of those eligible sites.

(c) Nonprofit Partners- An eligible entity may acquire an interest in an eligible site using a grant under this section in partnership with a nonprofit organization.

(d) Non-Federal Share- The non-Federal share of the total cost of acquiring an interest in an eligible site under this section shall be not less than 50 percent.

(e) Limitations on Land Use- An interest in an eligible site acquired under this section shall be subject to section 6(f)(3) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 4601-8(f)(3)).

(f) Willing Sellers- Acquisitions of land and interests in land under this Act shall be limited to acquisitions, from willing sellers only, of conservation easements and fee-simple purchases of eligible sites.

(g) Reports-

(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the activities carried out under this section.

(2) UPDATE ON BATTLEFIELD REPORT- Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that updates the battlefield report to reflect--

(A) preservation activities carried out at the 677 battlefields and associated sites identified in the battlefield report during the period between publication of the battlefield report and the update;

(B) changes in the condition of the battlefields and associated sites during that period; and

(C) any other relevant developments relating to the battlefields and associated sites during that period.

(h) Authorizations of Appropriations-

(1) IN GENERAL- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to provide grants under this Act $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014.

(2) UPDATE OF BATTLEFIELD REPORT- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out subsection (g)(2), $500,000.

Passed the House of Representatives March 3, 2009.

Attest:
Clerk.
111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 146
AN ACT
To establish a battlefield acquisition grant program for the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and for other purposes.

Here is the History Coalitions article about the bill. If you float around and read, youll also see a ton of money for State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO's) this is a good thing.

http://historycoalition.org/2009/03/...-battlefields/

Enjoy.
Most Respectfully
Drew A. Gruber

wheres_my_horse
04-19-2009, 08:56 PM
Oh dear...

Busterbuttonboy
04-27-2009, 09:23 AM
Here is some followup:

Press Releases

March 11, 2009
Webb Secures Funding For Preservation Of Virginia's Battlefields, Appalachian Trail

FY2009 Appropriations Bill Provides Critical Investments to Meet Virginians' Needs

Washington, DC – Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) today announced success in securing funding for a number of projects to protect the Shenandoah Valley’s historical and natural landmarks. The legislation includes funding for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation, Civil War Battlefield protection grants, and land acquisition in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.

Funding was secured in the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R. 1105) that was signed into law today by the President.

“I am pleased to have secured funding for Shenandoah’s historical and natural sites,” said Senator Webb. “Properly maintaining Virginia’s many landmarks will help to promote tourism in the region and enable future generations to experience the same untouched landscapes as their ancestors.”

To promote greater transparency in government, funding levels and descriptions of all projects in the legislation are available online at: http://appropriations.house.gov/FY2009_consolidated.shtml.

Descriptions of key regional programs and projects in the consolidated appropriations bill include the following:

The bill provides $1,775,000 for Appalachian Trail Right of Way and Greenway Acquisition. These land acquisitions in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest will improve the experience of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia.

The bill also appropriates $1,985,000 for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to allow for the acquisition of land in the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District.

The spending measure also includes $4,000,000 for Civil War Battlefield Protection Grants for preservation of Virginia’s large number of historic battlefields.

Citation: Webb Senatorial Website.

Drew A. Gruber