Chattahoochee Trace National Heritage Corridor Study Act

On March 26th, the U. S. House of Representatives approved passage of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.  This follows the passage of the same legislation in the U. S. Senate on January 15th.  President Obama signed the act into law on March 30th. Contained within this legislation is the Chattahoochee Trace National Heritage Corridor Study Act which also became law at the same time. The Historic Chattahoochee Commission spent almost five years working to have this legislation approved by the U. S. Congress.  
 
Once the National Heritage Area designation is formally approved, the Chattahoochee Trace region will be eligible to receive funding for publications and marketing for tourism, historic preservation, environmental education, outdoor recreation and small business development. National Heritage Areas are significant geographical, cultural and historical sites, as designated by the U. S. Congress. In contrast to National Parks, these areas are not federally owned or managed, but are maintained and controlled by local entities. In this instance, the Historic Chattahoochee Commission, a state agency of both Alabama and Georgia, will manage the Chattahoochee Trace National Heritage Area.
 
For further information on the Chattahoochee Trace National Heritage Corridor Study Act contact Doug Purcell, Executive Director, Historic Chattahoochee Commission, P. O. Box 33, Eufaula, AL 36072 or P. O. Box 942, LaGrange, GA 30241. E-mail inquiries may be directed to trace@eufaula.rr.com. or call 334-687-9755.

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