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Subject: 	CVNHP Managment Plan Available
Date: 	Tue, 25 May 2010 12:21:40 -0400
From: 	Jim Brangan <[log in to unmask]>



*Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Draft Report Released*

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/Grand Isle, VT/ -- The Lake Champlain Basin Program is releasing the 
/Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Draft Management Plan 
and Environmental Assessment/ for public review and comment. The release 
of this document culminates several years of planning and public 
meetings to discuss the importance of the Champlain Valley's cultural 
heritage and recreational resources. Completing an Environmental 
Assessment is a requirement for the development of the Draft plan.


The Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) Management 
Plan is a document about choices. The national heritage areas (NHA) 
program of the United States National Park Service encourages each 
heritage area to manage itself in a manner that best suits the cultural 
values of its region. The proposed management plan is not restrictive, 
and emphasizes cooperation among communities and individuals interested 
in recognizing the unique heritage of the region. The plan identifies 
actions that communities, organizations and individuals can undertake to 
help improve, conserve, interpret, promote, and strengthen the many 
cultural, natural and recreational resources within the CVNHP region.


While the LCBP traditionally focuses on the landscape that drains into 
Lake Champlain, the area of consideration for the CVNHP includes any 
historic site or community along the "linked navigable waterways" of 
Lake Champlain, Lake George, the Champlain Canal, and the Upper Hudson 
River that contains a physical, cultural, or historical resource that 
represent the CVNHP's interpretive themes. The Vermont and New York 
counties within the Partnership include Grand Isle, Franklin, 
Chittenden, Addison, Rutland, Bennington, Clinton, Essex, Warren, 
Saratoga and Washington. (See attached map)


This draft suggests choices on the management of the CVNHP: should the 
National Heritage Area be fully implemented by the LCBP, or should no 
action be taken? If the former is chosen, should the LCBP concentrate 
only on interpreting the commercial and nation-building history of the 
region, providing coordination, technical assistance, and grant funding 
to carry out the goals, objectives and actions involved? Or, should the 
region's natural heritage and modern conservation efforts also be 
interpreted, along with promoting environmental sustainability, when 
considering those commercial and nation-building historical themes?




In addition to working on the Champlain Valley, the LCBP also shares 
activities with other NHAs, including the Erie Canalway National 
Heritage Corridor and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area in 
New York. These NHAs connect and overlap just north of Albany, where the 
Mohawk River flows into the Hudson. This confluence of the three NHAs 
also is the hub of three great transportation corridors on which 
extraordinary historical events occurred and where social movements 
began, reflecting the common interest and shared heritage of the three 


*For further information: *

The full Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Draft Report is 
posted on the LCBP website 
Public comments and suggestion on the draft plan will be accepted 
through June 15, 2010 at the LCBP office, 54 West Shore Road, Grand 
Isle, VT 05450 or at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>. For 
further information, contact Jim Brangan or Bill Howland at the Lake 
Champlain Basin Program office at (802) 372-3213. Printed copies of the 
draft plan are available upon request.





Jim Brangan

Assistant Director

Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership

Lake Champlain Basin Program

54 West Shore Road

Grand Isle, VT 05458

Tel: 802-372-3213

E-mail: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>


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