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Plan would combine Washington's Civil War defenses into one park

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At least 22 surviving remnants of the Civil War defenses of Washington would be combined into one national park under legislation introduced by local members of Congress.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced the Civil War Defenses of Washington National Historical Park Act (H.R. 4003). The bill became available online on Thursday, Feb. 6. Three area representatives cosponsored it, Donna Edwards (D-MD), Jim Moran (D-VA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA).

You can read Norton's explanation of the bill at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?r113:4:./temp/~r113I4MPSA::.

The bill was referred to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.

All the remaining forts, batteries, parks and rifle trenches in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia currently under National Park Service jurisdiction would be included. Additional ones owned by local governments or the private sector could become affiliated with the redesignated national park under a cooperative agreement with the owners' consent, under the bill.

The combined entity would be called the the Civil War Defenses of Washington National Historical Park.

The bill would also give the Department of the Interior a year to develop a report on ways to facilitate education about local Civil War history.

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