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:
- The Delta Heritage Courier electronic newsletter. Read the current March / April Delta Heritage Courier and signup to receive the bi-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. Review the report, essays, and appendices for more information:
- A fourth-grade Delta Narrative Curriculum.
- 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.
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).
Past Meeting Agendas:
January 5, 2021 agenda (PDF) / Janaury 2021 meeting recording
March 4, 2021 agenda (PDF) / March 2021 meeting recording
May 6, 2021 agenda (PDF) / May 2021 meeting recording
July 1, 2021 agenda PDF / July 2021 meeting recording
September 9, 2021 agenda (PDF) / September 2021 meeting recording
December 2, 2021 agenda (PDF) / December 2021 meeting 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
Delta Heritage Forum
The Delta Heritage Forum was held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Visit the 2021 Delta Heritage Forum webpage for videos of the panel sessions and shorter lightning talks.
The Forum is a free, full-day event each year focused on efforts to preserve and tell Delta stories, opportunities for partnerships and collaboration, and networking. The focus this year was on the NHA Management Plan. Invitees included cultural organizations, federal, state, and local officials, business and civic organizations, and those interested in Delta heritage.
The 2020 Forum was held virtually on Friday, November 6, 2020. Visit the 2020 Delta Heritage Forum webpage for videos of the sessions and lightning talks.
If you are interested in participating in the planning of next year’s forum, please email Blake Roberts at email@example.com.
For more information contact Blake Roberts.
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