National Heritage Area Designation
Honoring Our Place in the National Story
Susquehanna Heritage is seeking National Heritage Area designation of Lancaster and York Counties by the United States Congress. The Susquehanna National Heritage Area will advance heritage and outdoor tourism in our region, create jobs, and enhance our region’s economy. National recognition will boost visibility and visitation, bring more National Park Service support, and further promote the majestic Susquehanna – its scenic riverlands, its vibrant river towns, and its special significance to our nation’s history. This designation will bring us into the network of forty-nine National Heritage Areas already established across the United States.
After Susquehanna Heritage completed a local community engagement process and a National Heritage Area Feasibility Study Report in 2008, the National Park Service determined that our region meets the criteria for Congressional designation as a National Heritage Area. Encouraged by this important determination, Susquehanna Heritage has worked with our Senators and Congressmen in Washington to achieve the designation that is attainable only through legislation – an Act of Congress.
In February 2017, U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania introduced S.400, the Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act, to designate Lancaster and York Counties as America’s 50th National Heritage Area.
In June 2017, U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker, with U.S. Representative Scott Perry and U.S. Representative Pat Meehan introduced H.R. 2991 in the U.S. House of Representatives to establish the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. H.R. 2991 has bi-partisan support with most of the Pennsylvania House delegation as co-sponsors. This is a big step forward in our effort to achieve national designation!
Learn more here about our National Heritage Area Initiative.
How You Can Help
You can help our efforts to become a National Heritage Area by contacting our legislators in Washington to express your support for congressional designation of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. Senator Bob Casey, Senator Pat Toomey, Congressman Scott Perry, Congressman Patrick Meehan, and Congressman Lloyd Smucker.
Call to Action - Help H.R. 2991 Get a Hearing in Congress!
We need your help getting H.R. 2991 a hearing and mark-up by the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. Committee Chairman Rob Bishop and Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock need to hear from you today!
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