Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield Receives $40,000 Battlefield Preservation Grant- National Park Service supports preservation efforts
WASHINGTON – The Friends of Jenkins Ferry Battlefield group has received a grant of $40,000 from the National Parks Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to fund a preservation plan for the Civil War Jenkins Ferry Battlefield in Arkansas.
“We are proud to support projects like this that safeguard and preserve American battlefields,” said Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service. “These places are symbols of individual sacrifice and national heritage that we must protect so that this and future generations can understand the struggles that define us as a nation.”
This grant is one of 27 National Park Service grants totaling $135 million to preserve and protect significant park sites from all wars fought on American soil. Funded projects preserve battlefields from the Colonial-Indian Wars through World War I) and include site mapping (GPS GIS data collection), archeological studies, National Register of Historic Places nominations, preservation and management plans.
Federal, state, local, and Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions are eligible for National Park Service battlefield grants which are awarded annually. Since 1996 more than $14 million has been awarded by ABPP to help preserve significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. Additional information is online at www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp.