The Upper Missouri River Heritage Area Planning Corporation, Inc. (UMRHAPC) is an all-volunteer nonprofit formed to establish the first National Heritage Area (NHA) in Montana. To do this, we need to demonstrate to Congress that our regional landscape, culture and history are nationally significant to America’s heritage.
We are working collaboratively with the local communities to define this special landscape along the Missouri River, from Fort Benton to the Gates of the Mountains, as a National Heritage Area. The designation is honorary.
For more info about the nationally significant landmarks in this region, see the C.M. Russell Museum and Studio National Historic Landmark, Fort Benton National Historic Landmark, the Great Falls Lewis and Clark Great Falls Portage National Historic Landmark, and the First People’s Buffalo Jump National Historic Landmark.
Although Congressional designation triggers eligibility for competitive modest federal funding, the Area is locally powered and managed by the Board of Directors and largely dependent on locally raised funding.
All funds raised will be used to promote economic development and tourism within the Upper Missouri River area.
The federal legislation has NO impact on private property rights. It does NOT require property owners to permit public access to his or her property or modify any provisions with regard to public access or use of private lands. A National Heritage Area is NOT a government land grab. The National Park Service does NOT manage the Heritage Area.