Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area

Passed on March 12, 2019, S. 47 (John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act) established the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area (Delta NHA). As the local coordinating entity, the Commission’s first task is to prepare a management plan. See the Delta NHA factsheet for more information. For more information about National Heritage Areas, please visit the National Park Service website and read the stories of National Heritage Areas across the country in Heart and Soul magazine.

As part of the Commission’s work on Delta Heritage and the National Heritage Area, we engage in public education, historic preservation, tourism and recreation development, visitor amenities, and economic development activities, including:

  • Delta Anthology, a collection of writings intended for high school and college readers as well as for those interested in the region’s rich culture and heritage.
  • The Delta Heritage Courier electronic newsletter. Read the current August 2020 Delta Heritage Courier and signup to receive the monthly newsletter in your inbox.
  • The Delta Narratives project, which prepared essays that connected the history of the Delta to important regional and national trends and provided recommended actions to preserve and share these narratives. The report, essays, and appendices are available on the University of the Pacific website.
  • A fourth-grade Delta Narrative Curriculum.

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Delta Heritage Forum

The Delta Heritage Forum is a free, event focused on efforts to preserve and tell Delta stories, opportunities for partnerships and collaboration, and networking. The 2020 Forum will be held virtually on Friday, November 6, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We are looking for short videos and informal 5- to10-minute “lightning talks” on topics that would be of interest to Forum attendees. Please contact Blake Roberts at blake.roberts@delta.ca.gov with a short proposal for your video or lightning talk.

Visit the Delta Heritage Forum webpage for registration, schedule, and more information.

NHA Management Plan Advisory Committee – Accepting Applications

The Commission is looking to appoint 15 members that have an interest in Delta and Carquinez Strait heritage to the NHA Advisory Committee at its November 19, 2020 meeting. The expected term of the NHA Advisory Committee will be through successful approval of the Management Plan by the Secretary of the Interior (expected by June 2023).

Applications are due by 5:30 PM on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 and can be sent to submit@delta.ca.gov. See the NHA Committee page for the application, charter, and more information.


For more information contact Blake Roberts.