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Draft Heritage Study and Environmental Assessment

Table of Contents

Volume 1

Context for the Study

Introduction
Background
Legislative Requirements
Purpose of the Study
The Study Area/Delta Environmental Overview
Methodology
Stories of the Delta
The River
The Environment
Delta Cultures
Cultural Expressions
Social and Political Influences
The Delta and the National Economy

Concepts

Background for Developing Concepts
Comprehensive Concept: Stories of the Delta
Goal
Importance/Significance
Resources
Concept 1: Natural Resources — the Heart of the Delta
Goal
Importance/Significance
Resources
Concept 2: Transforming the Mississippi River: Manipulating the Mississippi River System to Facilitate Navigation and Manage Flood Flows
Goal
Importance/Significance
Resources
Concept 3: New Madrid Earthquakes/Seismic Zone Tour Route
Goal
Importance/Significance
Resources
Concept 4: The People: Encountering the Cultual Diversity of the Lower Mississippi Delta Region
Goal
Importance/Significance
Resources
Concept 5: American Indian Heritage in the Delta
Goal
Importance/Significance
Resources
Concept 6: African-American Heritage in the Delta
Goal
Importance/Significance
Resources
Concept 7: The Civil War in the Delta
Goal
Importance/Significance
Resources
Concept 8: Delta Blues Commemorative Area
Goal
Importance/Significance
Resources
Concept 9: Celebrating Delta Agriculture
Goal
Importance/Significance
Resources

Visitor Use, Resource Stewardship, and Management Alternatives

Introduction
Alternative A: Lower Mississippi Delta Heritage Tourism Initiative
Visitor Experience
Orientation/Information
Interpretation and Education
Resource Stewardship
Facility Development
Management Approach
Alternative B: Lower Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area
Visitor Experience
Orientation/Information
Interpretation and Education
Resource Stewardship
Facility Development
Management Approach
Alternative C: Lower Mississippi Delta Heritage Centers
Visitor Experience
Orientation/Information
Interpretation and Education
Resource Stewardship
Facility Development
Management Approach
Alternative D: Sharing Delta Heritage in the 21st Century
Visitor Experience
Orientation/Information
Interpretation and Education
Resource Stewardship
Facility Development
Management Approach

Environmental Consequences

Introduction
Impacts of Alternative A
Visitor Experience/Interpretation/Education
Resource Stewardship
Facility Development
Management Approach
Impacts of Alternative B
Visitor Experience/Interpretation/Education
Resource Stewardship
Facility Development
Management Approach
Impacts of Alternative C
Visitor Experience/Interpretation/Education
Resource Stewardship
Facility Development
Management Approach
Impacts of Alternative D
Visitor Experience/Interpretation/Education
Resource Stewardship
Facility Development
Management Approach

Appendixes/Study Participants

Appendix A: Legislation
Appendix B: Parallel Efforts in the Lower Mississippi Delta
Appendix C: Resource Descriptions
Study Participants
Errata

Volume 2

History and Culture of the Lower Mississippi Delta Region

Introduction
Vignettes of the Lower Mississippi Delta Region's Heritage
A Multicultured Region
Delta Cultures Reflected in the Landscape
Delta Cultures in Literature and Music
Indians — The Region's First Inhabitants
African Americans: From Slavery to Equality
The Delta Economy
Trade on the River
Agriculture: The Region's Traditional Economic Mainstay
Other Economic Activity
The Civil War
Overview of the Events
Illinois
Kentucky
Louisiana
Missouri
Tennessee

The Natural Environment: The Delta and Its Resources

General Overview
Geology
Ecoregions
Forest Resources
Agriculture
Mineral Exploration and Extraction
Fisheries
Endangered and Exotic Species
National Wildlife Refuge
The Mississippi Flyway
Lower Mississippi River Floods
Extraordinary Natural Events
Environmental Issues and Challenges for the Future

Outdoor Recreation/Socioeconomic Environment

Recreational Opportunities
Outdoor Recreation Demand
Outdoor Recreation Supply
Socioeconomics of the Region
Economy
Migration
Transportation
Socioeconomic Profile

Appendix A: National Natural Landmarks

Appendix B: National Historic Landmarks and Historic Districts

Appendix C: U. S. Fish and Wildlife List of Endangered Species (PDF File)

Appendix D: Delta Region Museum Survey Summary of Findings

Introduction
Survey Methodology
Survey Results
Composition
Permanent Exhibitions
Stories of the Delta
Tourism
Permanent Collections

Appendix E: African-American Workshops

Introduction
Summary of Workshops
Religion/Education
Business/Politics
Art/Culture
Environment
Names List
Recommendations — Site/Resources
Recommendations — Actions

Appendix F: American Indian Meetings

Louisiana
Chitamacha Tribe
Coushatta Tribe
Jena Band of Choctaws
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe
Mississippi
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian
Meetings with Tribal Representatives
Philadelphia, Mississippi
Marksville, Louisiana
Quapaw, Oklahoma

Appendix G: Recreational Resources (PDF File)

Appendix H: Resource Description Table (PDF File)

Bibliography

 

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