National Geographic team to Lead Area for a National Heritage Area

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A National Geographic team will lead development of plan for a national heritage area in 40 counties in eastern Kansas and western Missouri.

The plan will guide a project to connect the Civil War era histories in The Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area created by Congress and endorsed by President Bush last year.

The heritage board says the National Geographic team will help develop the area's economic, cultural and educational potential while enhancing an area's geographical character.

The plan is to be completed by fall 2008. Before federal funds can be allocated, plans must be approved by the National Park Service and the Secretary of the Interior.

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