REED JOINS CONGRESSIONAL PUSH TO DESIGNATE FINGER LAKES REGION AS A NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
CORNING, NY— Today, Rep. Tom Reed, alongside Members of Congress representing Central and Western New York, led a bipartisan effort in supporting the designation of New York’s Finger Lakes region as a National Heritage Area (NHA). This effort aims to support economic development, attract tourists, and promote historic and natural resource conservation in the Finger Lakes region. Rep. Reed was joined in this effort by Reps. Katko (NY-24), Morelle (NY-25), and Jacobs (NY-27).
In a letter to Sec. Haaland, Rep. Reed and the lawmakers wrote, “The picturesque and diverse natural resources of the Finger Lakes region serve as a strong cultural and economic foundation for the local community. In addition to the many recreational activities that our lakes, forests, and parks accommodate, the hundreds of local businesses, waterside restaurants, art galleries, and community theaters ensure that the Finger Lakes provide robust opportunities for both residents and visitors. Notably, the Finger Lakes region is also renowned as some of America’s finest wine country, acting as the home for award-winning wines from over 100 local wineries, as well as a considerable community of local breweries, cideries, and distilleries.”
They continued, “Designating the Finger Lakes region as a National Heritage Area would be in keeping with the stated goals of the program to recognize cohesive and nationally important landscapes. For this reason, we would like to express our strong support for the favorable consideration of this designation by the National Park Service (NPS). Additionally, we request that NPS consider working closely with existing cultural and tourism organizations, as well as local communities from the region, as the designation process moves forward.”
The full text of the letter can be found here.