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POVERTY POINT, La., (KNOE 8 News) - After touring the Poverty Point State Historic Site this week, and seeing firsthand the erosion caused by Harlin Bayou. Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne has requested an Interim Emergency Board meeting to address the problems there.

"Poverty Point offers visitors a unique look into America's earliest city and tells the story of a complex society living off Louisiana's fertile land," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. "It is crucial that we are proactive in protecting this incredible prehistoric site from erosion."

Lt. Governor Dardenne also met with local officials and area community leaders to talk about Poverty Point's World Heritage Site nomination and the benefits to the area should UNESCO select the site in 2014. Lt. Governor Dardenne was joined at the site by Senator Francis Thompson of Delhi, Mayor J. Lynn Lewis of Delhi, Mayor Lavelle Brown of Oak Grove, Delhi Councilwoman Caroline Christman and West Carroll Parish Police Juror Eddie Russell. Assistant Secretary of the Office of State Parks Stuart Johnson and Assistant Secretary of the Office of Cultural Development Pam Breaux also attended the site visit and meeting.

"We are hopeful that this nomination will not only attract visitors from across the globe but also create jobs and spur the economy of northeast Louisiana," Lt. Governor Dardenne said. "The community is coming together to support the site and create infrastructure to enhance the visitor experience." 

Leaders from northeast Louisiana are forming a nonprofit to support the State Historic Site. The Advocates of Poverty Point's first project will be a golf tournament held at Black Bear Golf Course on June 19. A press conference and tour will take place the next day, June 20, at Poverty Point State Historic Site to promote the World Heritage Site nomination. 

Poverty Point is the only site nominated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to be a UNESCO World Heritage site this year. If the nomination is inscribed, it will become the 22nd World Heritage Site in the U.S. The Office of Cultural Development and the Office of State Parks have been working with the National Parks Service on the World Heritage Site nomination since 2008.

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