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17 Feb 2019

An Update on the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grant Program


I wanted to share some great news with you out of Washington, D.C. Last week, Congress passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Interior Appropriations Bill, which for the fourth consecutive year included full funding for the federal Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants program.

This unique resource, administered by the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program, has protected more than 30,000 acres of hallowed ground at Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War battlefields across 20 states and is one of the most successful land preservation programs in American history. Grants from this program, matched by your own generous donations, have been essential to many of our now-storied land deals. I sincerely hope you will join me in thanking members of the House and the Senate for their work to ensure that this program is fully funded.

While this latest news is truly a tremendous win for battlefield preservation, the work at hand continues. Right now, Congress is considering H.R.307 and S.225 the Preserving America's Battlefields Act which would reauthorize this critical program at $20 million per year through FY2028 and provide crucial funding for the interpretation and restoration of our preserved battlefields.

As you well know, we are in a race against the clock to preserve our country's still-unprotected battlefields before they are lost forever. Now is the time to make sure that we have the tools we need to continue to safeguard these outdoor classrooms and memorials to our nation's heroes of past and present for years to come.

Please take a minute to  reach out to your Representatives and Senators to ask them to support the Preserving America's Battlefields Act. And thanks again to YOU for all you do, and have done, to advocate on behalf of battlefield preservation.

If you haven't already, please reach urge your representatives to continue supporting our nation's hallowed grounds. Sending a letter only takes a few minutes.

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American Battlefield Trust

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