National Heritage Area
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 become
even more of a destination for heritage and recreational travelers.
- Authorizing legislation allows up to $10,000,000
in federal funding during the 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.
a National Heritage Area
Current National Heritage Areas
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 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
- A site must possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating
or interpreting the natural or cultural themes of our nation's
- 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.
2006 NHA Management Plan Amendment
An amendment to the 2004 Management Plan Update is being prepared
to incorporate changes required by the National Heritage Area designation.
Please select this link (2006
NHA Management Plan Amendment) to review the schedule and scope
of this work, to review interim products, and to make comments on