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National Heritage Areas, National Park Service
The Alliance For National Heritage Areas

National Heritage Area/ National Heritage Corridor— Draft

A "National Heritage Area" is a place designated by the United States Congress where natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinctive 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 the areas. Continued use of the National Heritage Areas by people whose traditions helped to shape the landscapes enhances their significance.

National Heritage Areas are a strategy that encourages residents, government agencies, non-profit groups and private partners to collaboratively plan and implement programs and projects that recognize, preserve and celebrate many of America's defining landscapes. The heritage areas seek short and long-term solutions to their conservation and development challenges by fostering relationships among regional stakeholders and encouraging them to work collaboratively to achieve shared goals.

What is a National Heritage Area?, National Heritage Areas, National Park Service


John H. Chaffee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission

What's a Corridor?,

Corridor Planning Staff

Nancy Brittain, Community Planning and Landscape Preservation Coordinator

Funding Your Project,

Community Revitalization & Land Use Planning: Douglas, Northbridge, Sutton, Uxbridge, MA “Opportunities through Cooperation,” support for collaborative planning and land use.

Environmental Restoration and Education: ZAP the Blackstone to support four projects: “Watershed Education and Clean Water Festival” by the Blackstone River Coalition, “Implementing the Fishable/Swimmable Campaign” by the Blackstone River Coalition, “Subwatershed Hydrologic Flow Study of the Blackstone River” by Nichols College, and “Balancing Water Availability & Land Development in the BV” by the RI Economic Policy Council.

Riverway Development: Blackstone Corridor Coalition, “2004 Greenway Challenge"

Heritage Interpretation & Education: BV Chamber of Commerce and Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, “Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor Visitor Services Program” to support bi-state tourism marketing and promotion of the Heritage Corridor.

2003 Annual Report.

Legislative History

Design Review Manual: A Guide for the Blackstone River Valley. Download as PDF file from Current Projects, which also includes downloads of specific Vision maps.

Trail / Greenway Vision Report. Download as PDF file from Current Projects.


American Heritage River

Project ZAP!, The Blackstone River Coalition

"The Next Ten Years" An Amendment to the Cultural Heritage and Land Management Plan