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Float the Chattahoochee with Department of the Interior and National Park Service Officials this Wednesday
Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson to Join Park Staff and Reporters for River Float
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SANDY SPRINGS, GA—On Wednesday, August 29, 2012, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Rachel Jacobson will visit the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area to meet with park managers and local officials from the Atlanta Metropolitan Area to discuss how the park's recent designation as a National Water Trail will boost tourism and fuel the local economy.
Following the morning meeting, Jacobson and park managers will paddle down the most popular section of the 48-mile National Recreation Area, from Powers Island to Paces Mill.
Members of the media are invited to join Jacobson and park managers for the float, which will be followed by a brief media availability. The float will offer a unique, first-person perspective to develop an in-depth story on the new National Water Trail System and its potential impact on recreation and tourism.
Rafts and equipment for the media will be provided.
Rachel Jacobson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish and Wild Wildlife and Parks
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Managers