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Smucker Builds on Effort to Preserve Susquehanna Valley

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For Immediate Release: April 11, 2018

Contact: Bill Jaffee (202) 225-2411

 

Smucker Builds on Effort to Preserve Susquehanna Valley

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) is working to preserve the natural beauty found in the Susquehanna Valley.

Rep. Smucker appeared before the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands today to urge his colleagues on that committee to support his Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act– legislation that would make Lancaster and York Counties a National Heritage Area (NHA). NHAs are a Congressional designation where “natural, cultural, and recreational resources form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from human activity shaped by geography.” NHAs receive conservation assistance from the National Park Service.

“I’m very proud of the natural beauty we find in our communities,” said Rep. Smucker upon introducing the legislation last June. “We want to ensure we maintain that safe and clean environment into the future for residents and visitors. This National Heritage Area designation will attract more visitors, stimulate our local economy, and preserve natural resources and historical landmarks.”

Pictured with Rep. Smucker is Mayor Lutz of Columba, PA.

Click the image to watch the video.

 

The Honorable Leo S. Lutz – Mayor of the Borough of Columbia, PA – was invited by Rep. Smucker to testify before the committee as well. You can watch his remarks here.

BACKGROUND

Courtesy of Susquehanna Heritage

What is a National Heritage Area?

National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are places where natural cultural, historic, and recreational resources form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from human activity shaped by geography. They tell nationally important stories about our nation and are representative of the national experience through physical features that remain and traditions that have evolved within them.

Since President Ronald Reagan designated the first NHA in 1984, community groups, businesses, local governments, and Congress have established 49 NHAs across the nation to preserve, promote, and celebrate their heritage, culture, and natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.

What are the Goal of National Heritage Areas?

NHAs draw visitors to local heritage and outdoor recreation attractions and businesses. They encourage public and private partners to collaboratively plan and implement programs and projects that preserve, enhance, and celebrate America’s defining historic places and landscapes.

NHAs work with communities to conserve natural resources, landscapes, and historic places; strengthen community identity and economic vitality; educate residents and visitors about the region’s history; and attract heritage and outdoor tourism to promote economic vitality.

What are the Benefits of National Heritage Areas?

As a NHA, the region will benefit from enhanced national identity and exposure and better access to National Park Service assistance. A 2012 study by the Alliance of National Heritage Areas and National Park Service showed that NHAs contribute $12.9 billion annually to the national economy and support 148,000 jobs. The economic benefit of NHAs in the Northeast Region was $5.4 billion annually and 66,880 jobs.

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