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
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.
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.
Notes and Attendees
2005 Meetings Invite
December 2005 Attendees
2006 Meeting of Oil Region Advisory Council
Feb. 2006 Meeting
on OHR Plan Augmentation
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.
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.
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.
materials were distributed or presented at a public meeting on February
- powerpoint presentation to highlight work status and major ideas
and concepts for the NHA Plan Augmentation (3.2 Mb)
- Outline of proposed elements of proposed preservation program
for the Oil Region NHA (.6 Mb)
- Initial alternatives for the NHA Management Plan augmentation,
based on the 2004 Plan Update (5.5 Mb)
- summary of the alternatives and how these relate to the preservation
program elements (.2 Mb)
- 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.