National Park Service draft report decreases priority rating for Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield
Lone Jack Historical Society has received a draft of the National Park Service's (NPS) newly revised battlefield protection planning report. The NPS proposes to CHANGE DIRECTIONS for certain Civil War battlefields INCLUDING LONE JACK. According to this report Lone Jack is now too compromised to consider saving. They have proposed dropping the Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield's designation, thereby essentially making it impossible for the battlefield to get federal funding.
Alinda Miller, President of the Lone Jack Historical Society, said, "I encourage everyone interested in preserving our battlefield to go to the National Park Service site to review its draft report about the preservation of those important landscapes. The document is available online
until October 12, 2012
. Click on the link to the document to open it, read it, or print it, and then click on "Comment on Document" http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkID=442&projectID=39967&documentID=49542 if you would like to send your comments about the report to the NPS.
Your feedback will help the NPS identify current issues at the battlefield and hopefully update its report accordingly. The NPS will then send the final report to Congress for consideration and legislative action. If we do not act now, that legislative action will become permanent. With the dire threat to Lone Jack, as stated below, to lose our Priority II status will effectively reduce our chances of saving the remaining portion of the battlefield."
Miller has put together a "comment" that you can copy and paste into the form on the NPS's Web site. You may also use your own words or any portion of the statement below.
"Please pass this along to anyone you think can help! Please remember that these comments MUST be submitted to the NPS no later than this Friday, October 12, 2012
," Miller said.
- Sample Comment -
I would like to respond to the NPS regarding the Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield. In the draft report release in December 2010, the NPS's position of the Lone Jack battlefield reads: "More severely threatened is Lone Jack, where commercial and residential development is destroying significant areas of the battlefield. Much of the Lone Jack battlefield is located within an Urban Service District of heavily populated and fast-growing Jackson County. Remaining farmland is zoned for urban and suburban uses, making it expensive and difficult to acquire for preservation.
If any significant portion of the Lone Jack battlefield is to be protected for future generations, coordinated preservation efforts are needed now among local, state, and national partners.
The historic West Field is still used for cropland, but it is zoned and marketed for commercial use. The only protected land on the battlefield is a three-acre parcel owned by the county, which include three burial trenches and a small museum (both maintained by the Lone Jack Historical Society). Immediate preservation efforts are needed to save the last bit of historic terrain associated with the battle.
Eleven other battlefields have been altered to varying degrees, but each still presents opportunities for land and resource protection. Five of these battlefields are severely threatened Glasgow, Liberty, Lexington II, Little Blue River, and Lone Jack are all currently seeing changes in land use that are incompatible with historic preservation—"
Please reconsider your down grade of the Lone Jack Battlefield to a Priority IV. This battlefield is in dire need of preservation, which is still attainable. Thomason & Assoc, a respected preservation planning company, has investigated prservation options for the Lone Jack Battlefield and declared areas, including the historic West Field, preservable. Preliminary community meetings have generated positive enouragement of preservation from various sources, including the owner of the historic West Field.
The battle of Lone Jack was fought in the middle of the town square. While the 1862 stuctures have been replaced with newer ones and parts of the Lone Jack Battlefield have been compromised, battlefield land can be reclaimed. The Franklin Tennessee Battlefield is a prime example. To downgrade to a Priority IV will severely limit the ability to save the Lone Jack battlefield.