Heritage Area Management Plan

In July of 2012, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation approved the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Management Plan, and thereby officially established the Underground Railroad Heritage Area in the City of Niagara Falls. The Management plan includes detailed recommendations for preserving and interpreting historic resources within the Heritage Area, as well as developing economic opportunities and promoting heritage tourism in Niagara Falls and the surrounding region. The Management Plan was prepared by the consultant team of edr Companies, New York Historical Research Associates, Crawford & Stearns Architects and Preservation Planners, and the Herzig Group.

Click Here to read NYSOPRHP’s approval of the Management Plan

Download Final Report

Download Full Report (Chapters I-VI) (50MB - PDF format)

Download Chapter 1 - The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area (Includes cover page and acknowledgements) (7MB - PDF format)
Download Chapter 2 - Defining the Heritage Area (13MB - PDF format)
Download Chapter 3 - The Underground Railroad in Niagara Falls (9MB - PDF format)
Download Chapter 4 - Interpreting and Developing the Heritage Area (20MB - PDF format)
Download Chapter 5 - Managing the Heritage Area (1MB - PDF format)
Download Chapter 6 - Summary of Goals and Recommendations (1MB - PDF format)


Download References Cited (1MB - PDF format)

Download Appendix A - Graphs & Charts (2MB - PDF format)
Download Appendix B - Outreach Activities (5MB - PDF format)
Download Appendix C - Survey of Sites Relating to the Underground Railroad (18MB - PDF format)