Battle of Matewan Special Resource Study
The criteria used by the NPS to determine eligibility for establishment of a potential unit of the National Park System include: national significance, suitability for inclusion within the National Park System, feasibility for inclusion, and the need for NPS management. Please use the "Links" tab on the left to find additional information on the criteria used to evaluate new national parklands.
The Special Resource Study will also address a range of alternatives including any potential roles for the NPS in preservation and interpretation of the resources of the study area. In addition, the study may present alternative management approaches to resource protection that do not involve potential congressional designation as a unit of the National Park System.
The public is encouraged to provide feedback on key issues the NPS should consider as we proceed with this study. There are several ways to provide feedback: 1) You may submit comments through this website - click on the "Open For Comment" tab on the left side of this screen, select "Special Resource Study Public Scoping" and follow the instructions on the screen to complete the comment form. 2) Participate in public meetings which will be advertised in the local paper and on this website. 3) Review the draft report. If a draft report is released for public review, it will be posted on this website with instructions for commenting. The draft report is scheduled to be released for public review in the summer of 2012.
The public is encouraged to periodically check back to this webpage for additional information regarding the Battle of Matewan Special Resource Study.
** Please join us for our upcoming public scoping meeting scheduled for Wednesday March 2nd at the Matewan Town Hall. Click on the "Meeting Notices" link to the left for additional information.**
The National Park Service (NPS) was directed by Congress to conduct a Special Resource Study of the sites and resources at Matewan, WV associated with the Battle of Matewan of May 19, 1920. The study, authorized by the United States Congress as part of Public Law 111-11, will help determine whether the study area would meet criteria for congressional designation as a unit of the National Park System.