What Heritage Areas Will and Will Not Do
What a National Heritage Area WILL DO:
- Increase the visibility of the Greenway through an enhanced sense of place and importance.
- Enhance funding opportunities through partnerships between private and public entities.
- Allow cost sharing for things like trailhead gate locking and unlocking, or shared bathroom maintenance at nearby trailheads.
- Enable agencies to share staff, such as a wildlife biologist or conservation corps crews.
- Encourage interagency collaboration on trails with multiple land owners for maintenance and signage.
- Create a branding campaign for the Greenway to increase tourism.
- Allow ecological restoration across multiple jurisdictions, property owners, and watersheds.
WHAT A NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA WILL NOT DO:
Formal Greenway recognition will not impact any current legal structures; the intent is to create a voluntary framework for stakeholders to better fulfill their missions.
National Heritage Area designation does:
- NOT add new regulatory authority or other management restrictions over private lands
- NOT require any property owner to provide public access to their land
- NOT require any property owner to participate in any plan, project, program or activity conducted by the Heritage Area
- NOT affect water rights or fishing and hunting regulations
- NOT add federal government oversight over local management decisions
- NOT legislate the acquisition of new public lands
- NOT remove ownership or management of public lands from any public agencies currently managing them
- NOT change current public land management allocations or change rules regarding wilderness or other current designations
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