2011-03-31 / Local & State

Group To Donate Private Land To Gettysburg Park

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A newspaper says a preservation group has purchased 95 acres of formerly private land in Gettysburg National Military Park and plans to transfer it to the National Park Service.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, whose department oversees the park service, plans a news conference at the park Friday to announce what his office describes as a major conservation initiative.

Park Superintendent Bob Kirby told the Gettysburg Times this week that Salazar’s announcement involves the former Gettysburg Country Club, which lies within the park boundaries.

The Times says the Virginia based Conservation Fund paid $1.4 million for the land, formerly a nine-hole golf course that was part of the country club.

The developer who sold the land retained a smaller parcel that includes the clubhouse, tennis courts and pool.

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