Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission Moves Forward with Preferred Alternative
The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, in response to public comments about how the four-state Corridor should be managed, will combine elements of two of its three Preliminary Alternatives that were unveiled in September. The Commission held its fourth quarterly 2010 meeting in Brunswick, GA, on November 19.
“The Commission clearly heard the voice and sentiment of the public and stakeholders,” said Chairman Emory S. Campbell. “The public was largely in favor of the Preferred Alternative being a combination of Preliminary Alternatives B and C.” Alternative A was a No-Action plan, Alternative B involved archiving the history and significance of the culture, and Alternative C entailed enhancing economic opportunities, protecting natural resources, and preserving traditional skills.
“The over-arching concept of the developing new Preferred Alternative will be to ‘Enlighten and Empower Gullah/Geechee People to Sustain the Culture,’” Campbell said. “Much work remains to be done to fine-tune the strategies to be included in the Preferred Alternative and to develop the implementation plan required in the Corridor’s designating law. This course of action will best meet the requirements of the law as well as the vision, mission, purpose, and goals of the Corridor.”
Campbell said the Commission will continue to reach out to partners in a strategic manner over the next few months to build the critical relationships needed to implement the management plan. He said the commissioners in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina appreciate the feedback received from the public and stakeholders about the preliminary alternatives, at the 21 public meetings held in 2009, and at the partner meetings held in all four states during the spring of 2010.
Contact: Michael Allen, NPS Community Partnership Specialist. Phone number: (843) 881-5516 X 12
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