Posts Tagged ‘Park Preservation’

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, TX (2018)

National Park Trust completed a project to preserve​ an archaeological area containing evidence of the Antelope Creek people, a Native American tribe. The acquisition and donation of this 3-acre property will enhance the open space and views of a nearby trail, and the enjoyment of individuals who hike to the mesa in which the parcel is located. With this land acquisition, there are no further inholdings or private landowners within the recreation area.

Gettysburg National Military Park (PA)

Gettysburg National Military Park was established 123 years ago on February 11th. It is one of the best known Civil War battlefields, where more casualties occurred than any battle before in American history. Many consider it the turning point of the war. Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address there in dedication of the cemetery after the battle.

In 1998, NPT worked with the Civil War Trust and Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg to protect and preserve the historic scene, with a 135-acre easement. A cavalry engagement took place on the land, with troops of Confederate Gen. JEB Stuart fought those of Union Gen. David Gregg. One of the cavalry officers who contributed significantly to repelling the Confederate attack was George Armstrong Custer.

Preserving Olympic National Park

*Update (January 2018): In December 2017, the final sale went through and the National Park Service took possession of the property; it is now part of Olympic National Park.*

As we begin the second century of the National Park Service, NPT is setting our sights on the preservation of Lake Quinault in Olympic National Park (WA) – a park preservation project of just under 0.5 acres. Although small in size, it is big in ecological significance.

The parcel is surrounded on three sides by Olympic National Park and Forest. It is the only parcel in that block that does not belong to the National Park Service. The acquisition will keep it in its natural state by preventing further development along that portion of the stream and it will protect water quality for the Quinault River.  The lake and river system support populations of sockeye, chum and Chinook salmon as well as steelhead, bull and Dolly Varden trout. The Quinault National Fish Hatchery, downstream from the lake, raises salmon and steelhead which populate the river. All deserve protection. Click here to learn more about this project.

President Lincoln Under Fire!

President Lincoln Under Fire! A Park Preservation Project of Historical Significance

The national parks protect and preserve what is special, significant and irreplaceable to the American people. NPT supports the National Park Service by acquiring lands to be donated to the parks and by inspiring children to become future stewards of parks and green space.

In 2004, NPT worked on a project that preserved a piece of a Civil War battlefield and benefited the historic Brightwood neighborhood in the Fort Stevens section of Washington, DC’s well known Rock Creek Park.

A portion of the battlefield where Union troops gathered was approved for construction of a 13-townhouse development, which would have changed the character of the neighborhood and eliminated the preservation of a piece of history. NPT worked to acquire the property and transfer it to become part of Rock Creek Park with the support of the neighborhood and the National Park Service.

The Civil War battle at the fort was notable for several reasons. Seasoned soldiers at the fort turned away an attack on the nation’s capital by Confederate General Jubal Early. President Abraham Lincoln, who went to see the battle, became the only president in history to come under fire, when Confederate sharpshooters shot at him as he watched the fighting.  Acquisition of the property, and transfer to the National Park Service, helped preserve an important historical landmark, as well as fulfilling the local community’s desire to maintain their neighborhood as a cultural and historical heritage area.

For information on all of NPT’s completed park preservation projects, read more here.