Canyons & Plains Plans Informational NHA Meetings Scheduled

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Canyons & Plains of Southeast Colorado invites the public to attend a series of public meetings to discuss the facts associated with National Heritage Areas.

National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are landscapes where the natural, cultural, historic and scenic resources are considered uniquely representative of the American experience. NHAs are designated by Congress. NHAs span public and private lands, encompassing wild areas, historic sites, businesses, community centers and resident populations.

According to Rick Manzanares, Executive Director of Canyons & Plains, “The public meetings are designed to provide the public factual information as we explore the feasibility of a National Heritage Area designation in Southeast Colorado.” He adds, “We strongly encourage everyone to attend the public meetings to learn more and share other proactive and positive ideas for the future of Southeast Colorado.“

Canyons & Plains has set the following schedule of meetings throughout the region:

  • Monday, June 23, 6:30 p.m. – Casa Del Sol, Aspen Room, 1002 Casa del Sol Drive, La Junta
  • Tuesday, June 24, noon, Crowley County Heritage Center, Crowley
  • Tuesday, June 24, 6:30 p.m. – J. W. Rawlings Heritage Center, 560 Bent Ave., Las Animas
  • Wednesday, June 25, noon. – Industrial Park Building North of Springfield, 29400 U.S. Hwy 287, Springfield
  • Wednesday, June 25, 6:30 p.m. – Lamar Community Building, (Dance Room) 610 S. 6th St., Lamar
  • Thursday, June 26, noon – Cobblestone Hotel, 501 E. Lowell, Eads

Canyons &Plains of Southeast Colorado is a heritage tourism development organization. Formed in 2003, C&P serves seven counties—Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Prowers and eastern Las Animas. The non-profit group promotes visitation to and stewardship of the unique historical, natural and cultural assets of Southeastern Colorado among resident, state, national and international audiences. Since its formation, C&P has garnered over $1 million in funding for projects in the area.

For additional information or questions contact Manzanares at 719-688-5026. Additional information on NHAs can also be found at and

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