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May 192010

California's Big Basin (Photo: California State Parks Foundation)

From Green Right Now Reports

The National Trust for Historic Preservation today unveiled the 2010 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, an annual list that highlights important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. The list includes Virginia’s Wilderness Battlefield, site of one of the most important engagements of the Civil War and the first meeting of legendary generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, now battling a big box retailer.

National Trust president Richard Moe announced the 2010 list at another of the most endangered places — Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, which is the national cathedral of African Methodism and a landmark of African-American heritage and civil rights advocacy.

The 2010 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places (in alphabetical order):

California's Montana de Oro State Park (Photo: Steve Sieren | National Trust for Historic Preservation)

America’s State Parks and State-Owned Historic Sites — This year, nearly 30 states have experienced cuts to parks’ and sites’ budgets, and a recent survey estimates as many as 400 state parks could close. These state park systems include places of national significance — from Native American historic sites to Revolutionary War forts to Civil War battlefields to country estates — and welcome an estimated 725 million visits every year.