The Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area was individually authorized by Congress on March 30th, 2009, for a period of 15 years, ending in 2024. It will need to be reauthorized before that time. With the current bipartisan landscape, there is an urgency to pass this legislation now.
This advocacy webpage was developed to provide background about the heritage area and inform the public about ways to support reauthorization of the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area and the 55 National Heritage Areas collectively.
The Colorado National Heritage Areas do not own nor manage land within their respective Heritage Areas. Rather, we strive to promote a variety of historical and cultural opportunities, engage visitors and residents in the landscape, and inspire learning, preservation, recreation, and stewardship though various programming efforts.
CALA’s community grants program promotes partnerships throughout our region, and are awarded for preservation, interpretation, and development activities that celebrate the Heritage Area. In the past decade we have invested over half a million dollars in 55 different community grants and leveraged nearly $14 million dollars of public-private funding. An economic impact study completed by Tripp Umbach in 2017 found that the Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area generates an annual economic impact of $81.6 million, while supporting over 1,000 jobs and generating $6.9 million in tax revenue. Without continued reauthorization, we would see significant loss in our region.