NYS Heritage Area The purpose of the New York State Heritage Area Program is to develop, preserve, and promote the state’s cultural and natural resources as an expression of New York’s heritage. The program is administered by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and currently features 20 Heritage Areas, which include historic sites, districts, and regions spanning the entire length of the state. The Heritage Area Program has four principal goals:

•  Preservation of significant resources
•  Education that interprets lessons from the past
•  Recreation and leisure activities
•  Economic Revitalization for sustainable communities

The Heritage Area program is a state and local partnership established to preserve and develop areas that have special significance to New York State.

(Information on the Heritage Area Program is from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation’s 2007 Heritage Resource Development Guide).