The Kearney County Board of Supervisors approved two resolutions during the July 6 regular meeting in an attempt to protect property owners from potential land grabs. The first was a resolution to opt out of the Kansas-Nebraska Heritage Area Partnership (KNHAP). Activists Beth Salmans and Angel Cushing brought the matter to the attention of the board and explained their request.
KNHAP, with support from Willa Cather Foundation, is working to establish a National Heritage Area distinction across 49 counties in northern Kansas and southwestern Nebraska. Salmans and Cushing claim heritage areas focus on recreation and the distinction will have an adverse affect on agriculture. They referenced other areas that have become National Heritage Areas and the effect it has had on residents, businesses, and farms through zoning and regulations.
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