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Bill allowing sell-off of parts of state heritage preserves in Georgia draws concern

ATLANTA - Legislation supporters say would attract private dollars to historic preservation projects across Georgia is raising fears it could threaten 120 state parks, wildlife management areas and historic sites designated as heritage preserves.

A bill the Georgia House of Representatives passed with little fanfare on a busy Crossover Day in March would let the state sell parcels of up to 15 acres at sites listed as heritage preserves to private entities or nonprofits. Under current law, the state can sell heritage properties only to local governments.

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