On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 27th and 28th, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson visited Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta. Jacobson, who oversees both the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, was in the park to talk to partners and stakeholders about the park’s designation as the first National Water Trail.
On Tuesday evening, Jacobson was the guest of honor at a reception held at park headquarters, where she formally presented Superintendent Patty Wissinger with a plaque commemorating the park’s designation.
"The designation of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as the first national park area designated by the Secretary to the newly established National Water Trail system is a reflection of the outstanding partnerships that help preserve the river corridor," said Jacobson.
Over 150 park partner organizations, volunteers, and government cooperators from the federal, state, city and county levels enjoyed an opportunity to mingle with the Assistant Secretary.
On Wednesday, Jacobson chaired a "River Tourism Summit" hosted by the Southeast Tourism Society, The Trust for Public Land, the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the National Park Service. A broad spectrum of park partners contributed to the brainstorming session, which focused on ways the National Water Trail designation could be leveraged to enhance tourism.
"When Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar selected a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River as America’s first National Water Trail in February, it opened up new opportunities to boost tourism to the Atlanta region," Jacobson said. "We are working with local communities to tap into these opportunities to promote economic growth and create jobs supporting outdoor recreation and tourism."