National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. Through their resources, NHAs tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation’s diverse heritage. NHAs are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs. 

NHAs are a grassroots, community-driven approach to heritage conservation and economic development. Through public-private partnerships, NHA entities support historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, heritage tourism, and educational projects. Leveraging funds and long-term support for projects, NHA partnerships foster pride of place and an enduring stewardship ethic. 

49 designated National Heritage Areas operate in every region of the country. Working in close partnership with the National Park Service, NHAs foster community stewardship of our nation’s heritage. Learn more about the NHA program at the National Park Service’s website. More information about the Alliance of National Heritage Areas can be found at NationalHeritageAreas.us.

 

 

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