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Director's Message

"I have witnessed the growth and maturity of the heritage area movement and of individual areas, and am convinced of their effectiveness. They strengthen, complement, and support units of the national park system in a variety of collaborative efforts...

Heritage Areas are places where small investments pay huge dividends, providing demonstrable benefits in communities across the country and in partnership with our national parks."

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History & Heritage

Lackawanna Heritage Valley National Heritage Area

Across the country, National Heritage Areas and their partners are reviving historic downtowns, preserving battlefields and industrial sites, and telling our nation’s history in innovative ways. Learn more

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Northern Rio Grande Passport Stamp

Through the Passport to Your National Parks© program you can collect cancellation stamps at locations within National Heritage Areas.

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Healthy Environment

Linville Valley, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Marvel at our National Heritage Area scenes from dramatic coasts to faraway treetops to revived urban waterways. Conservation activities led by National Heritage Area entities and their partners improve air and water quality and support a healthy ecosystem and beautiful environment. More here

Adventure & Excitement

Little River Blueway, South Carolina National Heritage Corridor

A plethora of recreational adventures are waiting to be had in a National Heritage Area near you. Last year alone over 130 recreational projects were undertaken by National Heritage Area entities and their partners. Learn more

Educating Future Leaders

El Espejo Summer Science Program for Girls, Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area

Through programs, such as El Espejo Summer Science Program for Girls, National Heritage Areas and their partners are educating future leaders in history, science, and technology. More here

Economic Impacts

Downtown Jim Thorpe, Delaware &Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Economic impact studies indicate National Heritage Areas (NHAs) contribute $12.9 billion annually to the national economy.

The economic benefits of NHAs are realized primarily through tourism and visitation. Each NHA coordinating entity serves as a catalyst for economic development within the regions they operate.

red arrow Read the 2013 report for information on six case study NHAs

red arrow Read the 2014 report for information on three case study NHAs