BAKER — The Board of Directors of the Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership will hold its quarterly meeting on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Topaz Museum on 55 West Main Street, in Delta, Utah, and is open to the public.

The Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership (GBHAP) is the coordinating entity of the Great Basin National Heritage Area. National Heritage Areas are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. National Heritage Areas are lived-in landscapes that celebrate our nation’s diverse heritage through grassroots, community-driven projects that conserve heritage resources and revitalize local economies.

The Great Basin National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 2006 and encompasses Millard County, Utah; White Pine County, Nevada; and the Duckwater Shoshone Reservation. This designation makes the region eligible for federal funds; it does not, however, permit ownership, management, or regulation of any land or property within the heritage area.

GBHAP leverages federal funds by awarding grants for projects that promote, conserve, and interpret the unique natural and cultural heritage of the region. Projects that we have supported include the Old Capitol Arts and Living History Festival in Fillmore, Utah; the Topaz Museum in Delta, Utah; the Old Sheepherders’ Gathering in Baker; and the Ely Art Bank in Ely. Applications for the upcoming grant cycle are due May 1, 2015.  To learn more about the projects, the partners, or the grants program, visit their website at www.greatbasinheritage.org.

For more information about the Great Basin National Heritage Area and the Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership, please contact Brandi Roberts at 775-234-7171 or broberts@www.greatbasinheritage.org.