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INTRODUCTION

This section contains four alternatives for conserving, managing, and using the Delta’s heritage resources. Together with the concepts presented in the previous section, the management alternatives give Congress a range of options for implementing sections 1103 and 1104 of the Delta Initiatives legislation and suggest for federal, state, and local agencies and organizations viable alternatives for establishing heritage tourism initiatives in the Delta.

The management alternatives could be used for implementing any of the previous 10 concepts individually or could be used to package and manage several of the concepts together. State or local agencies or organizations might want to implement one or all of the concepts independently of federal funding or involvement and these alternatives could easily be modified to meet those needs.

Today’s technology allows for the dissemination of information in ways not available to former generations. Heritage preservation programs, tourism initiatives, and economic development strategies are found on the Internet, as part of interactive computer programs and multimedia educational presentations. Residents, educators, historic preservationists, and tourism officials across the Delta agree that a basic mode of disseminating information about the Delta must include a technological component. Alternative D in this document presents strategies for developing a heritage information network throughout the Delta. Although this alternative could be implemented independent of the other alternatives it should also be considered an integral part of alternatives A, B, and C.

The concepts presented in this document are key to understanding the Delta — its people, places, and historical events — within a national context. The alternatives presented in this section are key to organizing, managing, and sustaining the concepts.


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