Shepherdstown Battlefield Special Resource Study/Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service is conducting a special resource study of the Shepherdstown Battlefield, located near the town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In 2009, Congress passed legislation directing the National Park Service (NPS) to evaluate the national significance of the battlefield. The legislation also directs the NPS to study the suitability and feasibility of adding the battlefield to the national park system as an addition to either Harpers Ferry National Historical Park or Antietam National Battlefield. Additionally, the study may evaluate alternative strategies to National Park Service ownership and management. These alternatives may encourage partnerships and other efforts to protect important resources in ways that do not necessarily require direct NPS management.
This special resources study has been taking place over the last two years in coordination with Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The study will also assess public interest and support by providing opportunities for your comment. Based on the Special Resource Study, the NPS will recommend to the Secretary of the Interior whether the battlefield meets the criteria for inclusion into the park system. The Secretary will forward the recommendation to Congress.
When it becomes available, information about public meetings will be posted on this website and announced through local media outlets. Thank you for taking the time to learn about this study effort.