The National Park Service is seeking comments on a draft study of the feasibility of designating certain areas in Oregon and Washington as the Columbia-Pacific National Heritage Area. The study area includes portions of Clatsop County and Pacific and Wahkiakum counties in Washington.

ShoreBank Enterprise Cascadia is the potential coordinator for the proposed Columbia Pacific National Heritage Area

The Park Service and ShoreBank will be holding public meetings at four locations within the NHA study area. At these meetings, the Park Service and ShoreBank staff will present study results, seek comments and answer questions about the study.

Meetings are held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Tuesday: at the Loft at the Red Building, No. 20 Basin St., Astoria.

Thursday: at the Bob Chisholm Community Center, 1225 Ave. A, Seaside.

April 13: at the River Street Meeting Room, 25 River Street, Cathlamet, Wash.

April 15: at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 S.E. Lake St., Ilwaco, Wash.

The Park Service is conducting this study under the direction of Public Law 110-229. This is available online at (www.nps.gov/lewi) and at (www.columbiapacificnha.org)

Copies of the study are also available at public libraries throughout the region.The public comment period will run until May 3.

National Heritage AreasNational Heritage Areas (NHA) are places designated by Congress for the distinctive role that they have played in the history, heritage and culture of the United States. There are 49 NHAs nationwide. In addition to congressional recognition, NHA designations include authorization of federal funds to assist communities in holding on to the traditions, livelihoods and places that make them distinctive. More information about national heritage areas can be found at www.nps.gov/history/heritageareas/.

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