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Byrd And Rockefeller Announce More Than $3 Million In National Park Service Funding For West Virginia

4/22/2009

Washington, D.C…. U.S. Senators Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, both D-W.Va., today announced that the State of West Virginia is slated to receive more than $3 million in National Park Service funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  The money will be used to create jobs while enhancing the visitor experience and conserving the nation’s heritage and history for future generations.

 

“Our National Parks in West Virginia are very important to me, and I am happy to announce that they will be receiving this funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” Byrd said.  “This money will help keep them safe and sound, better enabling them to attract more visitors. 

 

“Not only that, but the repairs and restoration that this funding enables ensure that these historic areas are enjoyed by West Virginians and others long into the future.”

 

“The preservation of our historical landmarks is essential to preserving the rich history of our beautiful state,” said Senator Rockefeller. “These funds will help restore and renovate many of our West Virginia landmarks. Our national and state park employees do a terrific job, and this funding will go a long way toward a continued commitment to our historical and environmental protection.”

 

Harpers Ferry will receive more than $1 million in funding from the ARRA.  The money will be directed to repair and upgrade park intrusion and fire alarm systems; repair slate roofs on four historic buildings and roofs on seven other historic buildings; and weatherproof the exterior of the Historic Lockwood House.  These repairs will not only make the Harpers Ferry area safer, but will also create jobs and make the buildings more energy efficient and help to preserve these historic structures.

 

An additional $1.5 million will go to the Harpers Ferry Center.  This money will be used to upgrade fire and security alarm systems, rehabilitate the attic of the Historic Byrd Brady House, and renovate and restore the Historic Anthony Library at Historic Storer College.

 

The New River Gorge National Park will receive $324,000 from the ARRA, which will be used to repair old railroad bridges that are now used as trails as well as install new gates and preserve resource habitats.