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Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission Releases Management Plan for Public Review

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The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission’s Management Plan will be available for Public Review and Comment from July 18 to August 17, 2012.  Management Plan copies can be viewed electronically at libraries throughout the Corridor.

The long-awaited document is 272- pages, with a CD of appendices.  It provides a description of Gullah Geechee people and culture and a brief historical overview. In addition, the Plan highlights examples of important cultural resources throughout the Corridor, summarizes the natural resources of the Corridor, discusses land ownership and land cover, and briefly touches on the socioeconomic conditions within the Corridor.  The Plan also provides readers with a basic level of information about the Corridor to facilitate a better understanding of the future implementation that is outlined in the management approach.  The Commission’s implementation theme is “Enlighten and Empower Gullah Geechee People to Sustain the Culture.”

“This very significant document was produced as a collective effort by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Commission and National Park Service (NPS)  partnership since 2007, with developmental assistance from Denver Service Center,” said Ronald Daise, Commission Chairman.  “We Commissioners are very proud of the Management Plan’s development and are confident it will intrigue the Public, Stakeholders, prospective Partners, and Gullah Geechee community and grassroots organizations.  It is based soundly on feedback provided by each group.  The Commission is particularly interested in feedback from youths–high schoolers and Generation Y’ers–to ensure that the Management Plan’s information targets their needs and views.  After all, the plans voiced in this document very soon will sustain their culture and that of their descendants.”

Written comments may be submitted by any one of two methods1) visiting the NPS PEPC (Planning, Environment and Public Comment) Web site: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/guge, or 2) mailing: Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, c/o Commission Chairman, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482.  Additional information about the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor is available on the Commission’s website:  www.gullahgeecheecorridor.org.

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