Garrett, Allegany, Mineral Could Benefit From National Heritage Area Designation

Last Updated on Mar 17, 2015 at 3:23pm | Tourism & Recreation

If Congress passes a bill to designate an Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area, Garrett and Allegany counties in Maryland, and 18 counties in West Virginia could benefit, supporters of the move say. Nearby West Virginia counties which would benefit from the designation include Mineral, Grant, Hampshire and Hardy counties, according to officials.
 
The national designation could make more federal funding available for capital projects and historical interpretation programs within the designated area, said Dee Dee Ritchie, who represents Garrett and Allegany counties on the board of directors for the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA). “The designation could bring added benefits to heritage tourism in the region,” Ritchie said Monday. While the bill made progress last year, it failed to advance to the President’s desk. Interpretive programs could include displays explaining the connections between Appalachian culture and art to the existence of the forest and the impact on surrounding communities. Read more>>