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Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen is pleased to announce that the draft of the St. Croix National Heritage Area Feasibility study is expected to be released for public comment in early 2010 and then submitted for Congressional action once the study has been finalized.
Congresswoman Christensen first introduced legislation that authorized the feasibility study in 2003 and has continued efforts to ensure continued momentum and full community involvement by hosting several public townhall meetings, calling in to local radio programs, and working with National Park Service counterparts from the Denver Service Center.
“When the legislation that authorized the feasibility study was made official in 2006, I knew that it would be important to have as much community support as possible as it would be a determining factor in gaining Congressional approval,” Christensen said. “I really thank the community for rallying around this effort. As the draft nears completion, it is important that we receive letters from community members and organizations expressing support for the ultimate designation of St. Croix as a National Heritage Area” the Congresswoman continued. “I should also reiterate that the designation of St. Croix as a National Heritage Area will encourage the preservation and celebration of St. Croix as a historic and cultural landscape for years to come—a National Heritage Area is not a unit of the national park system, but locally coordinated and managed, with involvement from NPS being only advisory.”
Letter of support can be mailed by September 25, 2009 to:
The Honorable Donna M. Christensen
1510 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
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