In 1997 the Louisiana Legislature designated the multi-parish region the Atchafalaya Trace Heritage Area. In October 2006, Congress designated the region as the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. The Atchafalaya Trace Commission was charged with planning and managing the area so that our communities can save important cultural and natural resources, tell our stories, enhance the positive benefits of tourism, and create a sustainable, healthy economy. To view the 15-year strategic Management Plan for the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, click here for Volume I, which includes background, planning foundation, implementation, interpretation and resource lists. Click here for Volume II which includes information on the planning process, the environment and demographic tables. For general comments received during the planning process, click here.