National Heritage Areas
WHAT ARE THE NATIONAL HERITAGE AREAS?
National Heritage Areas are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape that celebrates our nation’s diverse heritage. NHAs are lived-in landscapes that through collaboration with communities provide assistance in determining how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs. NHA’s are 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.