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BATTLEFIELD PRESERVED!

The second phase of the purchase of the 187-acre Fallen Timbers Battlefield National Historic Site from the city of Toledo is complete. The second payment of $2.7 million using federal and state funds was made by Metroparks of the Toledo Area on behalf of the preservation partners September 27.

"We're so relieved to have this hurdle behind us," Susan W. Horvath, Metropark Board president, said. "And we're so appreciative to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Senator Mike DeWine for the key roles they played in securing federal funds, to Ohio Governor Bob Taft for his tremendous support, and to so many others who worked to make this day possible."

Others instrumental in the purchase of the battlefield were Lucas County Commissioner Sandy Isenberg, State Representatives Lynn Olman and Bob Latta, and State Senator Randy Gardner, the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission, the National Park Service, the Maumee Valley Heritage Corridor and the American Indian Intertribal Association.

In June, 2000, an agreement was reached to purchase the battlefield for $5.5 million, the purchase to be completed in two phases in order to allow the preservation partners time to make financial arrangements. The first phase purchase was completed last September, transferring 66.8 acres for $2.8 million. Today's purchase transferred the remaining 120 acres for $2.7 million, including nearly $2.5 million in federal funds.

Senator DeWine and Congresswoman Kaptur were also instrumental in securing National Park Affiliate Unit status for the site, a congressional designation that then-President Clinton signed in 1999. As an Affiliate Unit, the site will be run locally by Metroparks but will be able to display the National Park Service (NPS) shield as a symbol of Fallen Timbers' national significance. The site will also be eligible for design and graphic assistance through NPS.

"Now we move on to the business of working with our partners and the National Park Service to complete a General Management Plan for the battlefield," Susan W. Horvath, Metropark Board president, said.

The GMP process, which is expected to begin in November, will take two years. Public input will be encouraged throughout the process, with an advisory committee made of preservation partners integrally involved.

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