About Us – Lumber Heritage Region

About Us

Welcome to the Lumber Heritage Region (LHR) of Pennsylvania.

The Lumber Heritage Region is a 15-county region in Northwest/North Central Pennsylvania that accentuates the importance of the lumber industry for the past, present and future. The goal of the heritage region is to market its assets to potential visitors, to serve as a resource to the PA hardwood industry, and to keep the economic impact of the region in the forefront. LHR is a 501C3 organization that is dedicated to helping the region make an impact internationally. It is our mission to serve the region with technical, educational, and financial assistance through coordination of networking and communication initiatives. 

The LHR is dedicated to promoting the Heritage of Pennsylvania’s internationally significant forest region and recognizing its value as a sustainable asset.  The LHR promises to work throughout the 15-county region utilizing the past to create a better place to live, work and play.  The LHR is is an internationally recognized forest community with a sense of pride in our people, our quality of life, and the traditions of our rural heritage; preserving, relating, and enhancing the history and heritage of the people and their relationship with the forests or rural Pennsylvania.

The Lumber Heritage Region is one of Pennsylvania’s 12 State-Designated Heritage Areas.  The Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program is a multi-region asset-based economic development program rooted in the commonwealth’s rich natural, cultural, and industrial history.  DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation administers the Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Program.  Heritage Areas create cross-sector partnerships that enhance a region’s “sense of place” and strengthen regional economies. These partnerships create vibrant livable communities that attract private investment and house the products and places that drive Pennsylvania’s tourism industry. Pennsylvania’s Heritage Areas operate in 57 of 67 counties throughout the commonwealth.

Each of Pennsylvania’s 12 state-designated Heritage Areas is independently established and managed.  They are as unique as the history they preserve, the resources they enhance, and the communities they support and grow.  Pennsylvania’s Heritage Areas Program was established in 1989.