Designation of a National Heritage Area
Main Benefits of National Heritage Area Designation for the Oil Heritage Region
Higher profile and reputation as a National Heritage Area, thus having Venango County and eastern Crawford County be even more of a destination for heritage and recreational travelers.
Public Law 108-447, Division J, Title VI as enacted November 20, 2004 designating the Oil Region National Heritage Area Act allows up to $10,000,000 federal during next 15 years, to be matched with Pennsylvania and other local funds to more rapidly implement the widely varied projects to develop, preserve and promote the region’s cultural, recreational, historic and natural resources.
Able to receive, upon request, technical assistance from the National Park Service.
Definition of a National Heritage Area
The National Park Service definition for a national heritage area is as follows:
“A ‘National Heritage Area’ is a place designed by Congress where natural, cultural, historic and scenic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinct landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. These patterns make National Heritage Areas representative of the national experience through the physical features that remain and the traditions that have evolved in them. Continued use of National Heritage Areas by people whose traditions helped to shape the landscapes enhances their significance.”
The focus is on the protection and conservation of critical resources; the natural, cultural, scenic, and historic resources that have shaped us as a nation and as communities.
National Park Service Criteria for National Heritage Area
The National Park Service has established ten criteria/elements of suitability/feasibility analysis while designating a heritage area.
Area has an assemblage of natural, historic, or cultural resources that together represent distinctive aspects of American heritage worthy of recognition, conservation, interpretation, and continuing use, and are best managed as such an assemblage through partnerships among public and private entities, and by combining diverse and sometimes noncontiguous resources and active communities.
Reflects traditions, customs, beliefs, and folklife that are a valuable part of the national story.
Provides outstanding opportunities to conserve natural, cultural, historic, and/or scenic features.
Provides outstanding recreational and educational opportunities.
The resources important to the identified theme or themes of the area retain a degree of integrity capable of supporting interpretation.
Residents, business interests, non-profit organizations, and governments within the proposed area are involved in the planning, have developed a conceptual financial plan that outlines the roles for all participants including the federal government, and have demonstrated support for designation of the area.
The proposed management entity and units of government supporting the designation are willing to commit to working in partnership to develop the heritage area.
The proposal is consistent with continued economic activity in the area.
A conceptual boundary map is supported by the public.
The management entity proposed to plan and implement the project is described.
National Park Service Criteria for National Significance
The National Park Service has established four criteria for evaluation of national significance for natural, cultural or recreational resources.
A site must be an outstanding example of a particular type of resource.
A site must possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the natural or cultural themes of our nation’s heritage.
A site must offer superlative opportunities for recreation, public use and enjoyment or for scientific study.
A site must retain a high degree of integrity as a true, accurate and relatively unspoiled example of a resource.
List of Current National Heritage Areas (49)
|Name of Heritage Area||Office Location|
|Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area||Springfield, Illinois|
|Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area||Lithonia, Georgia|
|Atchafalaya National Heritage Area||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Augusta Canal National Heritage Area||Augusta, Georgia|
|Baltimore National Heritage Area||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor||Woonsocket, Rhode Island|
|Blue Ridge National Heritage Area||Asheville, North Carolina|
|Cache La Poudre River Corridor||Greeley, Colorado|
|Cane River National Heritage Area||Natchitoches, Louisiana|
|Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership||Grande Isle, Vermont|
|Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area||Princeton, New Jersey|
|Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor||Easton, Pennsylvania|
|Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor||Waterford, New York|
|Essex National Heritage Area||Salem, Massachusetts|
|Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area||Lawrence, Kansas|
|Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area||Sevens, Massachusetts|
|Great Basin National Heritage Route||Baker, Nevada|
|Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor||S. Carolina, N. Carolina, Georgia, Florida|
|Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area||Albany, New York|
|Illinois & Michigan Canalway National Heritage Corridor||LaSalle, Illinois|
|Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area||Waterford, Virginia|
|Kenai Mountains-Turnagain National Heritage Area||Alaska|
|Lackawanna Heritage Valley||Scranton, Pennsylvania|
|Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area||Stoneville, Mississippi|
|Mississippi Gulf National Heritage Area||Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area||Tupelo, Mississippi|
|MotorCities National Heritage Corridor||Detroit, Michigan|
|Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area||Florence, Alabama|
|National Aviation Heritage Area||Dayton, Ohio|
|National Coal Heritage Area||Beckley, West Virginia|
|National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area||Mt. Pleasant, Utah|
|Niagara Falls National Heritage Area||Niagara Falls, New York|
|Northern Plains National Heritage Area||Mondan, North Dakota|
|Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area||Espanola, New Mexico|
|Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canalway||Akron, Ohio|
|Oil Region National Heritage Area||Oil City, Pennsylvania|
|Quinebaugh and Schetucket Rivers National Heritage Corridor||Danielson, Connecticut|
|Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area||Homestead, Pennsylvania|
|Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area||Antonio, Colorado|
|Schuylkill River Valley National Heritage Area||Pottstown, Pennsylvania|
|Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District||New Market, Virginia|
|Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area||Waterloo, Iowa|
|South Park National Heritage Area||Fairplay, Colorado|
|South Carolina National Heritage Corridor||Columbia, South Carolina|
|Southwestern Pa. Heritage Preservation Commission||Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania|
|Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area||Murfreesboro, Tennessee|
|Upper Houstonic Valley National Heritage Area||Salisbury, Connecticut|
|Wheeling National Heritage Area||Wheeling, West Virginia|
|Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area||Yuma, Arizona|