Alabama, Georgia counties may become National Heritage Areas

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has approved legislation offered by Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama to study the feasibility of establishing a National Heritage Area in the Chattahoochee Trace Corridor of Alabama and Georgia.

The bill, called the Chattahoochee Trace National Heritage Corridor Study Act of 2007, now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

The legislation would direct the Secretary of the Interior to report to Congress on the suitability of designating an 18-county region of Alabama and Georgia as a National Heritage area. National Heritage Areas are regions designated by Congress for having significant geographical , cultural or historical significance. Alabama counties affected include Chambers, Lee, Russell, Barbour, Dale, Henry and Houston.