The legislation now awaits consideration by the full House.
By designating the region as a National Heritage Area, the legislation will help preserve and promote the cultural legacy and natural resources of the Santa Cruz Valley.
“This designation is an opportunity for us to promote the rich, diverse heritage and the inspiring natural wonders of the Santa Cruz Valley,” said Rep. Grijalva. “Designation will encourage voluntary conservation of significant natural, cultural, and working landscapes, while providing economic opportunities for local businesses through increased tourism.”
National Heritage Areas differ from National Parks and other types of Federal designations because they do not impose Federal zoning rules or regulations on land use.
The Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area would encompass roughly 3,300 square miles in southern Arizona, bordering Mexico.