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Yorktown Battlefield gets $2 million in federal funds for preservation

American, French and British air force officers walk toward the Yorktown Battlefield, the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War, Dec. 12, 2015. (File photo/WYDaily)
American, French and British air force officers walk toward the Yorktown Battlefield, the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War, Dec. 12, 2015. (File photo/WYDaily)

Yorktown Battlefield will receive $2 million in federal funds to help preserve the historic area, Virginia’s U.S. senators announced Thursday.

The battlefield will receive grant funding from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program, which is funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, according to a joint news release from Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.

In addition to Yorktown, the Appomattox Court House Battlefield also received $95,475 in funding.

“Virginia is home to some of America’s most historic sites, and the National Park Service and localities have worked hard to protect them from encroaching development. Virginia’s battlefields also play a key role in tourism, open space preservation, and boosting local economies. It’s important to preserve them so that future generations can visit, reflect on our history, and learn from the past,” the senators said in a prepared statement.

Over the past several years, Warner and Kaine, both Democrats, have worked to preserve historic lands, including 7,000 acres at the Petersburg National Battlefield.

President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposes eliminating the American Battlefield Protection Program, a 90-percent cut to the Land and Water Conservation Fund and a 14-percent cut to the Department of the Interior, which is the department that protects historic sites.

Warner and Kaine have opposed President Trump’s budget cuts to Virginia priorities and will continue fighting for this funding in Congress,” the release said.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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