Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area
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Maryland's heritage areas are locally designated and State certified regions where public and private partners make commitments to preserving historical, cultural, and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism. Learn more about how Heritage areas drive economic support to our state.
The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) is an independent unit within the Executive branch of State government, and is administered by the Maryland Historical Trust, an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning. Funding (now up to $6 million each year) comes out of Program Open Space funds, and this year approximately $5.1 million will be allocated in grants.