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What is the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor?

The U.S. Congress recognized the Erie Canal’s significance to our nation by establishing the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in 2000.
 
The Corridor spans 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York. It includes the Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego, and Champlain Canals and their historic alignments. The Corridor encompasses 4,834 square miles in 23 counties and is home to 2.7 million people.
 

 
Upstate New York’s largest population centers-- Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and the state capital Albany—all grew up along the canal and are within the Canalway Corridor today.
 
It’s our “park.”
The federal government does not own or manage national heritage area lands as it does with traditional national parks. Instead, people, businesses, non-profit historical and environmental organizations, towns, cities, counties, and the State of New York work together to protect the Canalway Corridor and prepare for its future.
 
This partnership helps ensure that canals, towpaths, structures, and other historical and natural features remain preserved and accessible to you and to thousands of others who visit each year.
 
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is managed by a 27-member federal commission and the non-profit Erie Canalway Heritage Fund, with staff support from the National Park Service.

 
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