Park Service Awards More Than $1.3 Million in Battlefield Preservation Grants

WASHINGTON – More than $1.3 million in National Park Service grants will be used to help preserve, protect, document, and interpret America’s significant battlefield lands.  The funding from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) will support 27 projects at more than 75 battlefields nationwide.

“We are pleased to provide these grants to help safeguard and preserve these significant American battlefields,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.  “Preserving these sites for future generations and providing a means for research and interpretation is a fitting way to honor our nation’s military heritage and the courage and service of our armed forces.”

This year’s grants provide funding for projects at endangered battlefields from the Pequot War, King William’s War, the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War II and various Indian Wars.  Awards were given to projects in 17 states or territories entailing archeology, mapping, cultural resource survey work, documentation, planning, education and interpretation.

Grant recipients include:

  • Sealaska Heritage Institute (Alaska)  $31,718
  • Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield (Arkansas) $40,000
  • Connecticut River Museum (Connecticut) $29,800
  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center (Connecticut) $72,450
  • Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (Florida) $51,750
  • The LAMAR Institute Inc. (Georgia) $68,527
  • Mableton Improvement Coalition, Inc. (Georgia) $75,000
  • Ewa Plains Stables Center – Ewa Plains Programs (Hawaii) $54,000
  • Ball State University (Indiana) $54,416
  • University of Southern Indiana (Indiana) $60,241
  • City of Davenport (Iowa) $47,150
  • Civil War Trust (Maryland) $55,000
  • Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation, Inc. (Missouri) $28,500
  • Ships of Exploration and Discovery Research (Saipan) $76,590
  • Natural Heritage Trust (New York) $80,000
  • The Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York, Inc.  (New York) $67,744
  • The Research Foundation of State University of New York (New York) $56,194
  • Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature (New York) $21,425
  • North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (North Carolina) $50,004
  • North Dakota State University (North Dakota) $43,219
  • Chester County (Pennsylvania) $58,073
  • National Park Service, Northeast Regional Office (Pennsylvania) $11,750
  • Mosby Heritage Area Association (Virginia) $41,625
  • Prince William County (Virginia) $61,320
  • Prince William County (Virginia) $77,845
  • Shenandoah Valley Network (Virginia) $20,000
  • Virginia Department of Historic Resources (Virginia) $20,000

TOTAL – $1,354,341

Priority was given to those groups submitting applications for nationally significant battlefields.  The majority of awards were given to battlefields listed as Priority I or II sites in the National Park Service’s Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields and the Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States.

Federal, state, local and Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions are eligible for the battlefield grants, which are awarded annually.  Since 1996, the ABPP has awarded more than $13 million to help preserve significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil.  For additional information on each funded project,a PDF with project write-ups may be downloaded here..



  1. Realistic Joe says:

    Personally, I would rather the National Park Service utilize the funds they are given and protect the established parks, mitigate wild fires and hire MORE PERSONNEL to manage the current open parks. Utilize funds to enhance SAFER parks for family visits, camping.

    During this hard economic time it is hard pressed for the normal person to get all excited about 5 acres being preserved because Mosby ran thru it.

    Now, of the $220,790 that Virginia alone will receive – $41,625 of the working people’s tax dollars will be used hopefully to: Build public awareness of the battlefields through education, thereby promoting their preservations. It will also look at local preservation concerns related to the battlefields.
    So what, does that mean they will have brochures printed? Have meetings about it over paid dinner?

    Come on. There are already many parks that people can drive to in less than an hour and those parks depend on “quarterly clean-ups” by volunteers. There is No Personnel on site to encourage a safe, family oriented, clean, fun learning experience. No one present to keep order and run off loiters, riff raff etc. Enhance the parks we hold now instead of puffing up more 501c3 businesses.

    • Sam Card says:

      It was an honor to be a park ranger and hike at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Yosemite in California. I led tours on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco and did historical interpretation at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska. I was a volunteer for living history programs at San Juan National Historical Park in Washington state. I worked at lodges in Glacier National Park in Montana and Grand Canyon in Arizona. In Alaska, I worked for Tongass and Chugach National Forests and hiked in the spectacular backcountry. At age 18, I was in the Youth Conservation Corps at Jefferson National Forest in Wise, Virginia. National Parks are under the US Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service is under the US Department of the Interior. With a feeling of freedom, I hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and most of the Pacific Crest Trail. This was possible because these national scenic trails have federal protection.

      • Dang!! Good for you! I’d pay for a trip to the moon for you if I win the lottery! Since you’ve already done so many things that I would consider cool, I’d love to see your “bucket list”!!

        • Sam Card says:

          The San Juan Islands in Washington state are beautiful and pods of black and white orca killer whales hang out in the water. In June 1846, The Treaty of Oregon was signed in London, England. It set the international boundary on the 49th parallel Latitude, “From the Rocky Mountains (to the middle of the channel which separates the continent from Vancouver Island), then south through the channel to the Strait of Juan de Fuca” Between the Olympic Pennisula of WA and Vancouver Island is the Strait of Juan de Fuca. England and the USA both claimed the San Juan archipelago. As early as 1845, the Hudson Bay Company claimed San Juan Island. A crisis came on June 15, 1859, when Lyman Cutlar, an American shot and killed a Hudson Bay Company pig, that was in his garden. Both American and British military set up camps on San Juan Island for 12 years. Captain George E. Pickett of later Gettysburg fame landed a 64 infantry unit on July 27,1859. Pickett was reinforced on August 10,1859 by 171 men under Lt. Colonel Silas Casey. British royal marines conducted drills and General Winfield Scott arrived at San Juan Island in October 1859. The US had a difficult Civil War that ended in 1865. Russia sold Alaska to the USA in 1867. The San Juan archipelago posession question was resolved by arbitration from Kaiser Wilheim of Germany. On October 21, 1872, the Kaiser ruled in favor of the USA. On November 25, 1872, the British military withdrew from English Camp. By July 1874, the last of the US troops left American Camp.

  2. Sunshine says:

    Parks are super but if you can’t properly manage or staff they turn into hangouts for not so nice individuals and then that’s all that use it.

    • Sam Card says:

      Americans and foreigners love our national parks. At Yosemite National Park, I was familiar with the backcountry and gave out wilderness permits to many Germans. At Crane Flat Campground in Yosemite Nationlal Park, I researched and presented many campfire program to visitors about the history of the dam at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. In 1906, an earthquake and fire destroyed San Francisco. The Raker Act allowed the Secreary of the Interior to approve of the damming of the Tuolomne River. Franklin Lane was the former City Attorney for San Francisco and he gave his approval, while serving under President Woodrow Wilson as Secretary of the Interior. John Muir opposed the flooding of the beautiful and sacred Tuolomne River Valley, with its Wapama Falls. It had similar granite cliffs as Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park was set aside in 1890 to protect groves of sequoia trees.

      • Realistic Joe says:

        Have no problem with keeping the current larger parks open, supervised and properly staffed.

        Take great issue (with the economic times being what they are and with no light at the end of this tunnel) having our tax money utilized for tiny parcels dotted here and there just because a group says something happened there and it was “significant” for whatever their tax exempt group is championing. Don’t care if it’s Federal, State or County level. IMHO.

        • Sam Card says:

          Realistic Joe is right. Crown jewel national parks such as Glacier, Mount Rainer and Yellowstone were originally formed from federal owned land. President John Kennedy created Cape Cod National Seashore then others were set aside such as Point Reyes National Seashore in California. In the early 1970’s, urban federal parks were created. Gateway National Recreation Area for the New York City area and Golden Gate National Recreation Area for San Francisco were created under National Park Service Management. They could be managed at a local level. In 1976, Valley Forge State Park in Pennsylvania was turned over to the National Park Service. Precedent was set for other states to turn over their parks to the federal government. The National Park Service is viewed as Santa Claus. In Alaska, President Jimmy Carter expanded the boundaries of Glacier Bay and Denali and created new parks such as Kenai Fjords and Lake Clark. Then politicians got the idea of creating federal parks as a local economic stimulus. Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, Massachusetts and others were created.

      • Sam Card says:

        Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is the municipal water supply for San Francisco, Califronia. Gifford Pinchot was delighted that melting snow from the the Sierra Nevada became clean drinking water for thousands of city dwellers. The dam and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir are completely within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park. Construction of the dam required teamwork. Evidence from paleontology suggests that coastal redwoods and sequoia trees were more common on the earth in the past. Sequoia trees grow in groves and were able to be the biggest trees in the world because of their interlocking root system. A single tall tree is vulnerable to lightning and wind. Together as a grove, each sequoia tree was able to grow higher. In the west, quaking aspens are bright and colorful in the autumn. A single root system for a grove of quaking aspens will send up many trunks of trees. A fire may destroy a few aspen trees, but the common root system will perpetuate survival of that grove. TEAM (Together Each Accomplishes More) applies to nature and people.

        • Sam Card says:

          NEWS UPDATE San Francisco Municipal Water Supply

          This fall, San Francisco voters will decide whether they want a plan for draining the 117 billion gallon Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park. For the first time in 80 years, the lake water removal would expose a glacially carved valley of towering waterfalls, which is similar in appearance to Yosemite Valley, which is 17 miles to the north. Years ago at my park ranger campfire program, I showed visitors historical photographs of the Tuolomne River Valley, before it was flooded for the city of San Francisco. There were meadows with groves of oak trees and the beautiful Wapama Falls cascading down huge granite cliffs. I have hiked upstream through the rattle snake infested Grand Canyon of the Tuolomne River. There are a lot of colorful flowers in the high country at Tuolomne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. The John Muir Trail goes from Yosemite Valley to Tuolomne Meadows than south in the Sierra Nevada through Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park. The John Muir Trail terminates on the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest Point in California. The Pacific Creat Trail goes from the border of Mexico to Canada. There are scenic views in the Cascade Mountains of Washington and Oregon and the Sierra Nevada (Snowy Mountains) of California.

          • Another View says:

            San Francisco voters might want to wonder where they will get their drinking water if they do away with the Hetch Hetchy Resevoir. The entire question is merely the contemplation of community suicide by environmental extremist decree.

          • Sam Card says:

            Another View makes an excellent point. The dam was approved and built because there was a lack of water to put out the many fires after the 1906 Earthquake. San Francisco is by the San Andreas fault, so another big one could happen. The November ballot asks voters: Should city officials devise a modern water plan that incorporates recycling and study expansion of other storage facilities to make up for the loss of Hetch Hetchy.

  3. Another View says:

    The federal government has no authority to establish or fund national parks. This is just more spending of other peoples’ monies.

    • Mr Mister says:

      So is funding wars.

    • Rob Charnley says:

      From “Federal Land Ownership: Constitutional Authority and the History of Acquisition, Disposal, and Retention”

      Federal land ownership began when the original 13 states ceded their “western”
      lands (between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River) to the central
      government between 1781 and 1802. Substantial land acquisition in North America
      via treaties and purchases began with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and culminated
      with the purchase of Alaska in 1867. In total, the federal government acquired 1.8
      billion acres in North America.
      The U.S. Constitution addresses the relationship of the federal government to
      lands. Article IV, § 3, Clause 2 — the Property Clause — gives Congress authority
      over federal property generally, and the Supreme Court has described Congress’s
      power to legislate under this Clause as “without limitation.” The equal footing
      doctrine (based on language within Article IV, § 3, Clause 1), and found in state
      enabling acts, provides new states with equality to the original states in terms of
      constitutional rights, but has not been used successfully to force the divestment of
      federal lands. The policy question of whether to acquire more, or to dispose of any
      or all, federal lands is left to Congress to decide.
      The initial federal policy generally was to transfer ownership of many federal
      lands to private and state ownership. Congress enacted many laws granting lands and
      authorizing or directing sales or transfers, ultimately disposing of 1.275 billion acres.
      However, from the earliest times, Congress also provided for reserving lands for
      federal purposes, and over time has reserved or withdrawn areas for such entities as
      national parks, national forests, and wildlife refuges.

      • geezlouise says:

        Thank you for that explanation RC

      • Another View says:

        You are misreading that section. It does not give the federal government the authority to establish national parks.

        • No, but Article I, Section 8 seems to:
          “Section. 8.

          The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States;”

          Specifically, by preserving these natural lands, historic landmarks, etc., future generations of Americans can share in their importance and beauty. This, in turn, enhances the general welfare of the people by offering natural beauty to enjoy with its myriad ancilliary benefits: jobs, tourism, exercise, that whole “right to pursue happiness” thing.

          As referenced above, Article IV Section 3 states: “The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.”

          So…this common man, who possesses an above-average vocabulary and reasonable depth of education (criteria, AV, you regularly state, is all that’s needed to know what’s in the document you worship), reads these two passages and sees that, indeed, the federal government can (and by right ought to) protect natural treasures, historic properties & things, and the like. You will disagree, of course.

          • Another View says:

            You have misread Article I. “General Welfare” does not mean any and everything. Rather, “General Welfare” is defined by the enumerated powers of Article I, Section 8. After all, if the Constitution were empowering a federal government with plenary powers, it would be redundant to enumerate the powers.

            You also have failed to consider Amendments 9 and 10. It is a flawed reading indeed that renders these Amendments nugatory.

            It is not a matter that I agree or disagree, it is what the Constitution states. You should read it again.

          • Sam Card says:

            Government used its power of eminent domain to create Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Many people did not want to resettle off the mountain. In 1872, Yellowstone was created from the public domain. The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) controls most of the land in Nevada. The forest reserves on federal land were established in 1891 for conservation. President Theodore Roosevelt transferred the forest reserves from the US Department of the Interior to the US Department of Agriculture. The US Forest Service manages the timber for sustainable yield. The US Fish and Wildlife Service comes up with recovery plans for the Endangered Species Act. The 1964 Wilderness Act allows designated areas the most protection from development, degradation and expoitation. Corporations make enormous profits with little royalty, due to the 1872 Mining Law. Mining technology is far more advanced and efficient now. Increasing roylaties could be used to exclusively pay down federal debt, since we collectively own federal lands. With the closing of the White Pass Yukon Railroad, Skagway, Alaska was heading to oblivion. The National Park Service has turned Skagway into a booming cruise ship port. Some resented the use of eminent domain to buy private land to create Redwoods National Park.

          • Another View says:

            The use of eminent domain is restricted to proper government authority. If the government does not posses the power to establish a national park–the federal government does not–then it cannot use eminent domain. It’s actions are ultra vires and unconstitutional.

          • Sam Card says:

            Historian Stephen Ambrose wrote, “Some federalists challenged Thomas Jefferson’s 1803 Louisiana Purchase as unconstituional.” Jefferson replied, “There were no words in the US constitution that prohibited the buying of land from France”. Secretary of State Seward was able to negotiate the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867, because of precedence. Some called it Seward’s Folly, but others saw it as a great investment. Please read “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The south would have had a better reconstruction under him. As a teenager, I learned a lot about the (War between the states) US Civil War at NPS battlefields. The Gettysburg Address is an inspiration.

          • Another View says:

            The problem with the Jefferson quote is that it misapplied the Constitution. The federal government is empowered to do only that which it is expressly authorized to do.

  4. Roscoe Evans says:

    Good work Rob.

    Not to mention that the judicious distribution of federal lands through the Morrill and Homestead Acts funded the great state universities of the U.S., and facilitated the peopling of the West and the growth of our great middle class.

    But hey! Presidents Lincoln and T. Roosevelt were socialistic tyrants! They freed the slaves, gave away federal land to folks whose only claim to it was their own hard work, and grabbed other folks’ lands just to preserve it for the nation! Then, they pushed all sorts of communistic programs like progressive taxes, even income and estate taxes! What next?

    Bring back the olden days! Stop the federal government! Promote other views!!! 1850 or Bust!!!

    • Another View says:

      President Lincoln was a tyrant. TR was a socialist. Lincoln did not “free” the slaves. Indeed, on this issue, he was a coward. He stated clearly that his purpose was not to free the slaves, but to preserve the Union. The Emancipation Proclamation freed not one (1) slave? Why, you may ask? Because it only addressed slaves in the Confederacy, areas over which the United States held no sway. Notably, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free slaves held in the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland or Delaware, where the United States maintained authority.

      The 13th Amendment freed the slaves. And Lincoln was dead at the time of its passage.

      Learn your history before you start spewing misinformation (where have I read that?).

      • Roscoe Evans says:

        Our enslaved people were freed de facto by the war and the victories and occupations of Union forces, that made them contraband; and de jure by the Emancipation Proclamation and subsequent lesser political and military pronouncements. The 13th Amendment did not free the “slaves.” It outlawed slavery. Still, one hundred years later, de facto slavery existed in this nation.

        History, like the law, is not the consequence or outgrowth of your fantasies.

        You lost, and you still lose. You will lose until we all are free.

        • “You will lose until we all are free”

          And how is it you are not free?

        • Another View says:

          Really? So all those slaveholders in DC, Maryland, Kentucky, and Delaware just freed their slaves after the war? Or did the Union army invade Delaware too?

          Learn your history, instead of spouting off popular, but historically inaccurate, slogans. Lincoln did not free the slaves. The 13th Amendment freed the slaves.

          • Roscoe Evans says:

            Sorry, buddy. It’s just not productive to engage in discussions about American history or law with a guy who’s an avowed seditionist, who disputes controlling case law in favor of his own simplistic readings of an antebellum, antedliluvian “Constitution,” and who wants to play. “yeah, what about…” with the trivia of our history, when the discussion is about broader concepts.

            Our enslaved people were “freed” in many ways before and during the war; many freed themselves by simply walking off as the war progressed. And the 13th Amendment didn’t self-enforce.

            You’re a throwback, and simply, a waste of time.

            Sarge, I’ve already told you: don’t like you, don’t like your opinions, don’t respect your bully-boy bullcrap. Your pre-occupation with other men’s sex lives pretty much says all I need to know about you. You’re far too old to be so juvenile. You do make a convincing, fey Doc Holliday, though. How is that?

          • Another View says:

            You’ve never engaged in a discussion with anyone. You’ve never made a substantive point. And you know little about either law or history. Rather, you are a statist ideologue who engages in race baiting and snarky insults.

            I know why you refuse to engage in substantive discussion. You are afraid of truth, and any challenge to your preconceived notions. You find comfort in having your needs met by others, and in conformity. You doubtlessly were never a trial lawyer, as you are incapable of challenge and debate.

            You may call me a throwback and a waste of time, but the fact is that I stand for liberty and freedom. I stand for American ideals and traditional values that have stood the test of time.

            Most importantly, I stand for something. Without apology or equivocation. If only you could say the same.

          • Mr. Pot, meet Mr. Kettle. “You are afraid of truth, and any challenge to your preconceived notions.”

          • In other words, you have no answer. It’s just 1960’s rhetoric from the Book of Jesse Jackson you threw out there. Gotcha.

  5. geezlouise says:

    You are indeed one heck of a scary person. How’s that wiki research going for you? And don’t say you don’t use it, you quoted it verbatim.

    You indeed are a threat to our country.

    And I apologize for feeding the beast

    • Another View says:

      What is “scary” about our country’s history? The truth shall set you free. Nothing I wrote in the post above is anything but historical fact.

      And I don’t use Wikipaedia. But if it makes you feel better, go ahead, believe as you will.

      • geezlouise says:

        You are the one who quoted directly from it on Fascism.

        • Another View says:

          You can continue to indulge your fantasies. Or you can address the merits of my arguments. So far, you have failed to address the merits. I await a substantive response.

          • geezlouise says:

            When someone quotes verbatim from an online dictionary a passage that supports his/her opinion without acknowledging the source, they cease to have any “merit”, if they ever did. Continuing to deny they did that is further proof they have no merit. A high school student would get an F for doing that.

            Pointless pompous plagiaristic postulating doesn’t have any merits whatsoever.

            You are the best advertisement there is for reelecting the President; keep at it.

  6. Sam Card says:

    A stampede of prospectors arrived in the 1849 California Gold Rush by the Sierra Nevada. California becomes a state in 1850. “Yosemite is grandest marvel of the continent,” wrote Horace Greeley in an 1859 dispatch to the New York Tribune newspaper. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln transferred federal land “Yosemite Grant” to the state of California to protect as a park. Later in 1890, Yosemite National Park, under US Army control, was created to protect the sequoia trees from the loggers axe. The seqoia trees are the biggest trees in the world and only grow in the Sierra Nevada. John Muir wrote, “God has created these huge trees, but only Uncle Sam can save them from fools.” The redwoods are the tallest trees in the world and like fog. Groves of redwoods are found near the coast of northern California. The US Civil War ended in 1865 and Alaska was bought from Russia in 1867. In 1869, the transcontinental railroad was completed in Utah. Also in 1869, John Wesley Powell floated down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. In 1871, members of Ferdinand Hayden’s, “Geographical Survey of the Territories,” explored the geological wonders in the Yellowstone area. On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the law that created Yellowstone National Park. Because Wyoming was a territory in 1872, the US Army protected the park resources for the enjoyment of the people. The National Park Service was started in 1916.

    • Another View says:

      I love redwoods too. I used to live in Northern California. Doesn’t make it a federal government function.

  7. Sam Card says:

    Since you like redwoods, you can thank President Theodore Roosevelt for setting aside Muir Woods National Monument, in Marin County, California. This was done on January 9, 1908. You may not like the 7 dollar fee a person pays to take a walk in that grove of tall redwoods. Prior to 1995, it was free. Due to the advocacy of John Muir, Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks were established in the Sierra Nevada in 1890. Theodore Roosevelt used the Antiquities Act to set aside and protect Grand Canyon as a national monument. Congress later created Grand Canyon National Park. There were plans to build dams to flood Grand Canyon. Think of Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River.

    • Another View says:

      Still doesn’t make it a federal function, or give the federal government authority.

      The ends do not justify the means.

      • Rob Charnley says:

        My limited research on this topic indicated that the federal government, through Congress, has the authority to aquire, dispose of, and retain lands. If retained, Congress also has the authority to manage said land, hence the creation of the National Park Service. I am asking, respectfully, for some evidence to substantiate your claim, because the issue of authority seems pretty straightforward to me.

        • Warren County Caucasian says:

          It’s a fair question; one hopes the reply won’t be simply the “Constitution” “Bible” or “Because”

          Good luck!

          • Another View says:

            When asked a question concerning federal power, why would one not look to the Constitution? The Constitution is the source of all federal power.

        • Another View says:

          Simply read Article IV, Section 3. Then read Article I. No research, limited or otherwise, is needed.

          • Rob Charnley says:

            The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

            Simply read it, my friend. Emphasis seemingly on “make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States…”.

          • Another View says:

            Read the whole article, and then read Article I. I am correct; you are incorrect.

  8. Roscoe Evans says:

    Over the past 200 years, every aspect of federal authority has been litigated, by legitimate opponents and by crackpots alike. If you want to know more about the scope of federal authority to purchase and manage parkland, check out the case law. It’s all there. Alternately, just drive down the Blue Ridge, and check out the National Park displays, which show the picture-book history of the takeover of private lands by the federal government. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s all there to see.

    AV is an avowed seditionist and an apologist for slavery. He’s advocated the overthrow of a second Obama administration and the disregard of the federal judiciary. The only constitutional interpretation he accepts is his own. Follow him at your own risk.

    • Glacier says:

      Follow him? The guy is simply a good comedian.

      • HL Mencken says:

        It’s all right if he disagrees with the general public, we can’t force him to be right. That would be unconstitutional.

    • Another View says:

      Roscoe Evans:

      You may call me a seditionist all you wish.

      BUT, I have never apologized for or justified slavery, and your calling me an apologist for slavery is a lie. L I E.

      Why don’t you get off the race baiting, and stick to the substantive issues? Surely you are capable of doing so.

      As for the Constitution, I’ll stick with the primary source (i.e. the Constitution). You read all the case law you want. Most of it is non-fiction.

  9. Realistic Joe says:

    And I still say, it is unnecessary, during these economic times to keep puffing up the 501c3 businesses. Anyone at anytime can try to justify their position, needs or wants to keep their cushy job. Filling out grants and using key words to secure taxpayers hard-earned dollars for small portions of land that no one will use is pointless. If they are passionate about saving land then hold events, sell from their store, beg or whatever to find the funds. Stop the use of every American’s dollars to champion your passion and job.

    As a taxpayer I don’t see the constant need for these tax-free entities to grab tiny parcels that will not become part of a larger based usable park.

    The existing national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges are wonderful and important for our future but they are large parcels of land. The park service also has budget cutbacks and then what happens to smaller parcels? It’s left for the state or county to manage. They have cutbacks, then what happens? It’s left in a natural state without management. But, it has a road to it or roads thru it and it becomes a negative expense for state, county, and negative impact for close residents from undesirable visitors. Not to mention it’s not in the tax base anymore.

    Proper management and necessary staff for our existing parks, whether national or regional, IMO, is far more important than tiny parcels here and there.

    Our national debt is what?

  10. Sam Card says:

    Many people support the $41,625 NPS grant to Mosby Heritage Area Association. John Singleton Mosby’s defiant efforts are quite a remarkable Civil War story. He was the “Gray Ghost” of sabotage against northern military invaders. Before the US Civil War, Mosby the lawyer spoke out against the idea of secession. He was a confederate calvary battalion commander. Mosby’s Rangers hid in safe houses and the Blue Ridge Mountain to elude Union army pursuers. He later voluntarily disbanded his group than officially surender to a union official. This happened a couple of weeks after Robert E. Lee’s formal surrender at Appomatox, VA. Mosby later became a friend to President Ulysses Grant and was his Virginia campaign manger. Mosby served the reunited STATES as consul to Hong Kong (1878-1885).

    • Bob Brawley says:

      Well I like Mosby like anyone else but I don’t approve of the Mosby Heritage Area Association applying for a grant from the Government. NPS is the Government, isn’t it? That Pork Barrel spending. Let the Government keep their 41 thousand dollars. They need it more than a group of citizens trying to bum off the Government.

  11. Sam Card says:

    President Obama supports legislation in Congress to allow National Park Service tours at Manhatten Project sites. A vote may happen in a week. They are under the control of the US Department of Energy and that agency should run their own tours and not spread thin the National Park Service budget. Why would the Department of Energy want the NPS on their turf? The Hanford site in Washington state produced uranium. The Oak Ridge site in Tennessee enriched uranium. Workers at the Los Alamos site in New Mexico assembled the two nuclear bombs that were dropped in Hiroshima nd Nagasaki, Japan. The labs and Hanford have some nuclear waste contamination and are being cleaned up. In the early 1980’s at Western Washington University, my Environmental Pollution professor, Dr. Ruth Weiner, arranged a guided tour of Hanford for our class to areas that are not open to the public. There are already tours at Oak Ridge facility, but the nearby Tennessee town wants NPS status as a economic stimulus to increase tourism.

    • Bob Brawley says:

      Yea, the Government has to get away from promoting everything. In Berryville they had the Village Improvement Society, Thats was like picking up leaves and planting flowers. But private groups need to take over the job of promoting Let the Government do what they do best. What would that be? Oh, mandating and collecting taxes and leave the promoting to private enterprise. That’s in the Magna Carter.

    • ElinorDashwood says:

      I agree with you Sam that if there are going to be tours of deactivated nuclear facilities, they should be the responsibility of the Dept. of Energy and not be part of the Park Service budget. Not to quibble over details but the reactors at Hanford, Washington were built to produce plutonium. I had the unique privilege (said with tongue in cheek), to grow up within fifteen miles of Hanford, Indian Point and Barnwell nuclear facilities, respectively.
      As long as you brought this up, nuclear facilities can be “cleaned up” but to the best of their estimates, dry cask storage is only reliable for 100 years. Fine for us because we will be long gone but what about our children and grandchildren? We can only hope someone will find an answer.