Rep. McKinley’s Bill To Designate An Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area Headed To President’s Desk

Heritage Area bill included as part of broad public lands bill

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Washington, February 27, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON –Representative David B. McKinley’s P.E. (R-W.Va.) bill to designate an Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area is headed to President Trump’s desk as part of S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act.

The Natural Resources Management Act which passed the House unanimously on Tuesday includes Rep. McKinley’s bill, H.R. 1174 the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area Act of 2019.

“Creating an Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area will allow us to continue to celebrate and promote the beauty of our state, preserve our heritage, and plan for the future,” Rep. McKinley said. “National Heritage Areas deliver a significant economic return and helps us showcase the sometimes-hidden gems of our cultural heritage.”

The Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area would include portions of Barbour, Braxton, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur, and Webster Counties in West Virginia; and Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland.

To read the full text of S. 47 click here.

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