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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to begin boundary maintenance project

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va – From mid-October to mid-December, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will be performing routine maintenance along its approximately 70 miles of perimeter boundary. The purpose of the project is to make sure park property is well-marked, which, in turn, will provide greater protection for plants, animals and historic landmarks.

The park has a complex boundary that borders residential neighborhoods, forested lands, commercial areas, highways, railroads, two incorporated towns, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Center and two other national parks. The last major maintenance of the boundary was completed in 2009-2010. Since then, boundary signs and survey markers have become obscured by vegetation, damaged or destroyed.

The project involves inspecting survey markers (also known as monuments) and documenting their condition. Boundary marking signs, where appropriate, will be affixed to trees or driven into the ground on posts. Nearby trees or other objects may be blazed with small paint marks to facilitate finding markers that are buried or not readily visible. Vines, brush and downed debris will be cleared where needed to delineate the boundary.

For more information about the project or to share information about a boundary you share in common with the park, please contact Andrew Lee, resource management specialist, at (304) 535-6038.