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!
On April 11th, 2018 Susquehanna Heritage President Mark Platts joined Congressman Lloyd Smucker and Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz at the U.S. House Federal Lands Subcommittee hearing on H.R. 2991, the Susquehanna National Heritage Act. This bill sponsored by Rep. Smucker will designate all of Lancaster and York Counties as America’s 50th National Heritage Area with Susquehanna Heritage as the Local Coordinating Entity. U.S. Representative Lloyd Smucker testified in support of the bill, along with Mayor Lutz. You can read the testimony delivered by Mayor Lutz on H.R. 2991 here. Watch the hearing on H.R. 2991 here. (The hearing starts at 25:38/H.R. 2991 runs from 1:01:03 to 1:21:28.)
Thank you Congressman Smucker and Mayor Lutz for your great support of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area! We very much appreciate Congressman Smucker’s leadership with this effort, along with the great support we’ve received from so many community groups and elected officials like Mayor Lutz. H.R. 2991 was recently marked up and reported out of the House Natural Resources Committee and now awaits a vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives.
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 - Thank you House Committee on Natural Resources & the Subcommittee on Federal Lands for holding a hearing on H.R. 2991!
We thank the House Committee on Natural Resources and the Subcommittee on Federal Lands along with Chairman Rob Bishop and Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock for holding a hearing on H.R. 2991.
H.R. 2991 was recently marked up and reported out of the House Natural Resources Committee and now awaits a vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives.
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