National Heritage Area Management Plan
A condition of federal designation of a National Heritage Area is preparation of a Management Plan to define important resources, how they will be protected, and to recommend a plan and program for appropriate development and use of the designated area.
Several plans have been prepared for the Oil Region.
The first Management Action Plan for the Oil Region was prepared in 1994 and led to the designation of Venango County and portions of Crawford County as a state heritage park by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the ten years since completion of that Plan, and with the help of over $3.3 million in grants through the Pennsylvania Heritage Parks Program of the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, OHR, Inc. has been instrumental in working with partners across the region, facilitating a total of $21.7 million of total investment in the key resources of this significant area. These investments have supported creation and expansion of an outstanding regional recreational trail system, improvements to interpretive venues, historic preservation projects, public environment improvements and economic development in the region’s historic downtowns, and expanded management capability.
The 2004 Management Plan Update, prepared for the Oil Heritage Region, Inc. (OHR, Inc.), now operating as the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism (Oil Region Alliance or ORA), was intended to assist this innovative management entity to most effectively use its resources to build on the accomplishments of its first ten years and to accomplish its mission. The Plan has been adopted by ORA and was prepared in anticipation of potential NHA designation.
The plan includes an Executive Summary and a Technical Report. Both documents are available for purchase at ORA as explained in the Publications section of this website.
2006 NHA Management Plan Amendment
An amendment to the 2006 Management Plan Update is being prepared to incorporate changes required by the National Heritage Area designation. This amendment will add several items to the recommendations of the 2004 Management Plan, including: (a) more detailed provisions for resource preservation; (b) more specific recommendations regarding public and private partnerships, and; (c) modifications to the action agenda to reflect this work and to update the action agenda to reflect current conditions. Additionally, as required by law, an Environmental Assessment of the Management Plan has been prepared, and can be downloaded by clicking the icon to the right. A schedule is now available and, from time to time, interim work products will be available on this website.
Meeting Notes and Attendees
Interim Technical Documents
These documents are drafts. They are being made available for review by the public and they are concurrently being reviewed the National Park Service. Final versions will be produced after this review.
The Draft Oil Region National Heritage Area Management Plan Augmentation defines alternatives, actions, an action agenda, and costs for the NHA. The draft was submitted to the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Tourism, and Industry on May 16, 2006. This file is 6.8 Megabytes.
The Draft Environmental Assessment for the Oil Region National Heritage Area Management Plan Augmentation defines alternatives and their comparative impacts for the NHA. The draft was submitted to the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Tourism, and Industry on May 16, 2006. This file is 12.1 Megabytes.
The following materials were distributed or presented at a public meeting on February 16, 2006:
Oil_Workshop_Presentation – powerpoint presentation to highlight work status and major ideas and concepts for the NHA Plan Augmentation (3.2 Mb)
Preservation_draft – Outline of proposed elements of proposed preservation program for the Oil Region NHA (.6 Mb)
Alternatives_draft – Initial alternatives for the NHA Management Plan augmentation, based on the 2004 Plan Update (5.5 Mb)
Summary_handout – summary of the alternatives and how these relate to the preservation program elements (.2 Mb)
AppendixA_Resources – Highlight of key resources in the Oil Region, including National Register listed and eligible, as well as other sites closely related to oil industry history (.5 Mb)
Please provide any Comment on 2006 Management Plan Amendment on the Plan Amendment, or about any of the work products, via e-mail.
Oil Heritage Region Management Plan Augmentation Executive Summary 2006
This document augments a 2004 Management Action Plan (MAP) Update for the Oil Heritage Region..
Oil Heritage Region Management Plan Augmentation Technical Report 2006
This document augments a 2004 Management Action Plan (MAP) Update for the Oil Heritage Region.
Oil Region Management Action Plan Update Executive Summary
This document highlights recommendations of the 2004 Oil Region MAP Update Technical Report
Oil Region Management Action Plan Update Technical Report
This document has the complete recommendations of the 2004 Oil Region MAP Update. The report may be downloaded in its entirety or in two parts.