The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. The goals of the program are to:
- Protect battlefields and sites associated with armed conflicts that influenced the course of our history
- Encourage and assist all Americans in planning for the preservation, management, and interpretation of these sites
- Raise awareness of the importance of preserving battlefields and related sites for future generations.
The ABPP focuses primarily on land use, cultural resource and site management planning, and public education. The ABPP works with private landowners, battlefield friends groups, interested community groups, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, local, state, and tribal governments and Federal agencies. Battlefields are rapidly disappearing as urban and suburban development engulfs the landscape. The ABPP’s “planning and partnerships” approach to battlefield preservation allows for the protection of significant battlefields that cannot always be preserved through public ownership. It is important that our preservation partners help to protect the battlefields in their communities in order for future generations of Americans to understand the important role the events that took place at these sites played in our nation’s history.