Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

KMTA Goes to Washington DC and How You Can Support HR 1049

April 20, 2019

Jessica Szelag, Executive Director of KMTA, in Washington D.C.

 KMTA’s Executive Director and Board Vice President Go to Washington

This past February, KMTA NHA joined other National Heritage Areas in Washington DC for the Alliance for National Heritage Area’s (ANHA) Annual Meeting. Bruce Jaffa, KMTA Vice-President, and Jessica Szelag, KTMA Executive Director met with Senator Dan Sullivan, Representative Don Young, and Senator Lisa Murkowski’s staff to share information about KMTA’s programs, community projects, and Strategic Sustainability Plan. The ANHA Annual Meeting also happened to coincide with passage of a significant Public Lands Package, which included authorization for six new National Heritage Areas! This brings the number of National Heritage Areas to 55 in the US, with KMTA established as #49 in 2009. Click Here to learn more about the new National Heritage Areas.

KMTA and ANHA are also working to support HR 1049 – The National Heritage Area Act of 2019, which will replace individual authorizations of NHAs with a national system of Heritage Areas as an integral part of the National Park Service. This bill, to be heard in the House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands next week will improve and sustain the important work of America’s NHAs for years to come.

What can you do to help support KMTA and HR 1049?

Step 1: Download this sample support letter.

Step 2: Customize it with your information: put it on letterhead if you have it, fill in the blanks appropriately, include an example or two of how KMTA has had an impact in your community

Step 3: Email this letter to, and copy and

Step 4: Forward a copy of your email to Having an easily accessible file of these letters will help us make our case for program legislation.

Thank You

In the 10 years that we’ve been in existence, we’ve granted almost 1.3 million dollars, which has in-turn generated over $2 million dollars in in-kind volunteer match. We love all the community-based projects that come into existence as a result of the National Heritage Area grants. We appreciate your support of HR 1049.

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