National Heritage Areas FAQs

National Heritage Areas are places where historic, cultural, and natural resources combine to form cohesive, nationally important landscapes. Unlike national parks, NHAs are lived in communities and not federally owned, but they may contain parks or other federally owned property. Consequently, National Heritage Areas entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs. The FAQs below address questions of land use in NHAs and the federal government’s role.

Designation of National Heritage Areas (NHAs) and Land Use

Federal Involvement

Last updated: September 1, 2021