Frequently Asked Questions

What is Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area?

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area’s mission, as directed by Congress and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is to conserve, interpret, promote and manage the historic, cultural, natural and recreational resources of steel and related industries in southwestern Pennsylvania. Further, Rivers of Steel works with the communities and other partners to develop uses for these resources so they may contribute to the economic revitalization of the region. To that end, Rivers of Steel, in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, developed a management plan for the region that weaves together the cultural and historic resources in a way that makes southwestern Pennsylvania’s heritage visible, exciting and accessible.

Rivers of Steel covers approximately 3,000 square miles, in seven counties (Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland) with a population of 2,307,000 in southwestern Pennsylvania. Among our major natural resources are the Ohio, Beaver, Monongahela, Youghiogheny, Allegheny, and the Kiskiminetas rivers.

How do I get around the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area?

Southwestern Pennsylvania is a large and diverse region. The best way to explore the region is by automobile, boat or kayak.

How can I get involved in what’s happening in the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area?

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Last updated: March 31, 2012

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