Senate bill includes resource study for battlefield
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A resource study for the battlefield of the Battle of Shepherdstown was among the provisions of a bill that was passed Thursday in the U.S. Senate, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd.
The Omnibus Public Lands Bill includes a provision that would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a "special resource study" and determine the suitability and feasibility of including the battlefield and related sites as part of Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park or Antietam National Battlefield in Washington County, according to the release.
"West Virginia is home to many great landmarks that are a significant part of our nation's history," Byrd said. "This legislation is vital to protecting our precious public lands and landmarks for future generations."
The legislation seeks to designate more than 2 million acres of wilderness, more than 1,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers, thousands of miles of new national trails and three new units of the National Park Service. The legislation is headed to the House of Representatives for a vote.