The Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 1996 and is one of the now sixty-two federally-recognized National Heritage Areas throughout the United States. Through a partnership with the National Park Service, the Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area collaborates with residents, government agencies, non-profit groups and private partners to interpret, preserve and celebrate the nationally-significant cultural and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley. In this way, we encourage public stewardship for these resources as well as economic activity at the local and regional level. The Heritage Area is managed by the Hudson River Valley Greenway.
In March 2019, the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (NHA) was officially renamed the Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, in honor of the late Congressman who wrote the legislation creating the NHA in 1996. Rep. Hinchey served in the NYS Assembly before he was elected to Congress. In the Assembly, he wrote and sponsored the legislation that created the Hudson River Valley Greenway in 1991. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Greenway and National Heritage Area would not exist in the region without the dedication and love that Congressman Hinchey had for the Hudson Valley and its residents. He was a champion of the environment, who supported the Clean Air Act and was an original co-sponsor of the Small Business Clean Energy Financing Act. We are honored that our Heritage Area now bears his name.