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[120 STAT. 1791]
[120 STAT. 1791]
PUBLIC LAW 109-000—MMMM. DD, 2006

PUBLIC LAW 109–338—OCT. 12, 2006

120 STAT. 1791

Subtitle B—Atchafalaya National Heritage Area

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Act. Louisiana. 16 USC 461 note.

SEC. 211. SHORT TITLE.

This subtitle may be cited as the ‘‘Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Act’’. SEC. 212. DEFINITIONS.

In this subtitle: (1) HERITAGE AREA.—The term ‘‘Heritage Area’’ means the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area established by section 213(a). (2) LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY.—The term ‘‘local coordinating entity’’ means the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area designated by section 213(c). (3) MANAGEMENT PLAN.—The term ‘‘management plan’’ means the management plan for the Heritage Area developed under section 215. (4) SECRETARY.—The term ‘‘Secretary’’ means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) STATE.—The term ‘‘State’’ means the State of Louisiana. SEC. 213. ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.

(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—There is established in the State the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. (b) BOUNDARIES.—The Heritage Area shall consist of the whole of the following parishes in the State: St. Mary, Iberia, St. Martin, St. Landry, Avoyelles, Pointe Coupee, Iberville, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafayette, West Baton Rouge, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, and Ascension Parish. (c) LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The Atchafalaya Trace Commission shall be the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area. (2) COMPOSITION.—The local coordinating entity shall be composed of 14 members appointed by the governing authority of each parish within the Heritage Area. SEC. 214. AUTHORITIES AND DUTIES OF THE LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY.

(a) AUTHORITIES.—For the purposes of developing and implementing the management plan and otherwise carrying out this subtitle, the local coordinating entity may— (1) make grants to, and enter into cooperative agreements with, the State, units of local government, and private organizations; (2) hire and compensate staff; and (3) enter into contracts for goods and services. (b) DUTIES.—The local coordinating entity shall— (1) submit to the Secretary for approval a management plan; (2) implement the management plan, including providing assistance to units of government and others in— (A) carrying out programs that recognize important resource values within the Heritage Area; (B) encouraging sustainable economic development within the Heritage Area;

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