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). For more information about the Delta NHA, see the Delta NHA factsheet, and for National Heritage Areas in general, 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 Heritage Forum

The Delta Heritage Forum is on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM!

The Forum is a free, full-day event focused on efforts to preserve and tell Delta stories, opportunities for partnerships and collaboration, and networking. The focus this year will be on the NHA Management Plan. Invitees will include cultural organizations, federal, state, and local officials, business and civic organizations, and those interested in Delta heritage.

Registration and more information are available on the Delta Heritage Forum event webpage.

If you are interested in participating in the planning for the Forum, please email Blake Roberts at

The 2020 Forum was held virtually on Friday, November 6, 2020. Visit the 2020 Delta Heritage Forum webpage for videos of the panel sessions and shorter lightning talks.

Delta NHA Management Plan

As the local coordinating entity, the Commission’s first task is to prepare a management plan. NHA management plans include long-range policies, goals, strategies, and actions; an implementation plan with short, mid, and long-range actions and performance goals; a business plan for the heritage area coordinating entity; and an interpretive plan. The management plan is a continuation of the planning that the Commission conducted for the Feasibility Study for a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area completed in 2012. The Commission will be conducting an extensive public outreach process, including the creation of the NHA Management Plan Advisory Committee.

NHA Management Plan Advisory Committee Meetings

The Commission created a 15-member volunteer body called the National Heritage Area Management Plan Advisory Committee (NHA Advisory Committee) to provide the Commission and a Commission subcommittee with recommendations on the development of the Management Plan and to seek input from diverse stakeholders. The NHA Advisory Committee generally meets every two months. The expected term of the committee will be through successful approval of the Management Plan by the Secretary of the Interior (expected by March 2023).

For more information on the NHA Advisory Committee, please see the NHA Advisory Committee Charter (PDF).

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, December 2, 2021
3:00 PM

Past Meeting Agendas:

January 5, 2021 Agenda (PDF)Video recording
March 4, 2021 Agenda (PDF)Video recording
May 6, 2021 Agenda (PDF)Video recording
July 1, 2021 Agenda PDF / Video recording
September 9, 2021 Agenda (PDF) / Video recording

NHA Management Plan Open House and Public Workshops – August 2021

The Commission hosted two public workshops in Benicia on August 30 and Walnut Grove on August 31 on the management plan process for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta NHA. We discussed the types of initiatives that the NHA could pursue, what stories you want to tell about the region, and how partners can be involved in the NHA. After a presentation on the management plan process, attendees participated in four breakout groups: the story, resource stewardship, natural environment and recreation, and tourism.

Public Workshops Presentation Slides (PDF) by Point Heritage Development Consulting

Breakout Group Topics (PDF)

For more information contact Blake Roberts.

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