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Media Advisory



Secretary Jewell to Make Major Announcement Related to Richmond National Battlefield Park


Will Highlight Role of Land and Water Conservation Fund to Historic Preservation


07/09/2014


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Mike Litterst (NPS) 202-513-0354


RICHMOND, VA – On Thursday, July 10, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Richmond National Battlefield Park Superintendent David Ruth, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer for a major announcement related to the long-term preservation of a key Civil War battlefield. Jewell will also highlight the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in ensuring the preservation of historic sites across the country.

Thursday’s visit is part of a series of events the Administration is holding across the country this week – from Alabama to Alaska – joining with local elected officials and stakeholders to underscore the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to support communities’ conservation, outdoor recreation, clean water and historic preservation projects.

Earlier this week, Secretary Jewell announced $43.38 million will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to all 50 States, the Territories, and the District of Columbia for state-identified outdoor recreation and conservation projects. Over its 50 year history, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has played a vital role in boosting local economies in every state, but it is set to expire without action from Congress. President Obama has proposed to enact full, permanent funding as part of his 2015 budget request.

WHO:  

Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Molly Ward, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
James Lighthizer, Civil War Trust President
David Ruth, Richmond National Battlefield Park Superintendent

WHAT:   
To Highlight the Importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to Protecting America’s Historic Heritage
 
WHEN:  
Thursday, July 10, 2014
10:45 a.m. EDT - Check-in
11 a.m. EDT - Announcement

WHERE:   
Gaines’ Mill Battlefield at Richmond National Battlefield Park
6283 Watt House Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
             
MEDIA: 
Credentialed members of the media are requested to RSVP here by 6 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 9.

NOTE:  
This event will be live streamed at doi.gov/live beginning at 11:00am EDT for members of the media who are interested in covering the announcement but unable to attend.