– During National Parks Week, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst
(R-Iowa) introduced legislation to support the Silos & Smokestacks National
Heritage Area (SSNHA), an affiliate of the National Park Service (NPS). The Protecting
the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area Act will ensure the
organization can continue to preserve and tell the history of Iowa and American
agriculture and its global significance.
“Iowa has a rich history of agriculture
and rural traditions. Our National Heritage Area provides educational opportunities
to folks in Iowa and tourists from around the country,” Grassley said. “Silos and Smokestacks is a great resource so that
the next generation can learn about Iowa history.”
“Iowa’s agriculture heritage is an instrumental
part of our state and nation’s history and our prominence on the world stage.
At the start of National Parks Week, I’m glad to team up with Senator Grassley
to ensure the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area can continue to
share the story of agriculture and highlight the rural communities that are and
will continue to be the backbone of our country,” Ernst said.
The Protecting the Silos & Smokestacks
National Heritage Area Act extends funding for SSNHA through 2031. The
Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area preserves and tells the story of
American agriculture and its global significance through partnerships and
activities that celebrate the land, people, and communities of the area. It is
one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is an
Affiliated Area of the NPS.