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Posted: April 18, 2012 10:47 a.m.

National park land could be expanded

MACON, Ga. (AP) - National park land in central Georgia could be greatly expanded under a plan being considered by the federal government.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that residents will have an opportunity this week to weigh in on the plan, which could nearly quadruple the size of Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon.

Park superintendent Jim David said a firm has been hired to conduct a study of various tracts of land adjacent to the current property, which covers 702 acres.

David said that if all the land in the study is acquired through purchases or donations, it could mean as much as another 1,800 to 2,000 acres.

Park officials will hold their first public meeting on the plans Thursday at 5 p.m. at the monument's visitor center at 1207 Emery Highway.

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