The Board of Directors for the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm Corridor Communities Association recently finalized a new Strategic Sustainability Plan to focus implementation of the management plan for the KMTA National Heritage Area.
Designated in 2009, KMTA NHA is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in the United States. Not only is this area nationally recognized for its unique historical, cultural, natural, and recreational importance, but the KMTA CCA Board and staff have worked to award almost $1,000,000 in federal funding to support local community projects. Through this work, KMTA CCA has increased awareness of the National Heritage Area and leveraged an additional $1.7 million dollars in further investment within KMTA’s nine communities of Bird, Indian, Girdwood, Whittier, Portage, Hope, Cooper Landing, Moose Pass, and Seward.
Through our new Strategic Sustainability Plan, KMTA will support new and historic trails in the heritage area with hands-on trail work and signage. We will save and share our stories through education programs for our children. We will publish books both new and out-of-print that document the activity of the people who make up the KMTA National Heritage Areas.
The development of this strategic plan has allowed us to examine our work, our priorities, and to map our own trail to success for KMTA CCA and the National Heritage Area now and into the future.