In an effort to protect national parks in South Carolina's Lowcountry region, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) has authored and introduced The Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park Act of 2016.
The legislation is backed by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust. It puts in place preservation management and maintenance plans for the parks and surrounding areas.
“South Carolina’s history is forever connected with the history of our nation as a whole, and establishing Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Park will help ensure our history is preserved for generations to come,” Scott said.
The bill clearly defines the boundaries of federally managed areas as the parks. It also strives to spotlight the historical significance of the areas, which include Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, and the Sullivan’s Island Life Saving Station Historic District.
Annually, about a million people visit Fort Sumter National Monument and Fort Moultrie — the site of the first shots fired in the Civil War on April 12, 1861.