What's New

about the partnership

The enabling legislation of the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership identifies the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) as the heritage area’s managing entity. While most of the CVNHP is located within the Lake Champlain Basin, the new designation extends southward into Bennington and Saratoga counties. The legislation also contains CVNHP activities to the counties that border Lake Champlain, Lake George, the Champlain Canal and the Upper Hudson River.

The LCBP works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Quebec, private organizations, local communities, and individuals to coordinate and fund efforts which benefit the Lake Champlain Basin's water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources. The LCBP believes that increasing access to recreation programs and providing cultural heritage learning opportunities builds a sense of stewardship for the environmental, historic, and social resources of the basin. Over the years, the LCBP has provided more than $1 million for cultural heritage and recreation projects. Search the LCBP's Grant Database to learn more.

The CVNHP planning process is guided by the Lake Champlain Steering Committee with advisement from the LCBP Cultural Heritage and Recreation Advisory Committee, which is made up of specialists from the heritage, recreation, and transportation sectors.

The LCBP Steering Committee manages the CVNHP with advisement from the LCBP Heritage Area Program Advisory Committee (HAPAC), which is made up of specialists from the heritage, recreation and tourism sectors.

Staff Supporting the CVNHP

Several LCBP staff support the planning efforts for the CVNHP. These include:

  • Bill Howland, CVNHP Director
  • Jim Brangan, CVNHP Assistant Director
  • Colleen Hickey, Education & Outreach Coordinator
  • Laura Hollowell, Resource Room Coordinator
  • Kathy Jarvis, Office Manager
  • Elizabeth Lee, Communications and Publications Associate
  • Ryan Mitchell, Communications and Publications Coordinator


Contact us by emailing heritage@lcbp.org or calling 800-468-5227 (toll free in NY & VT) or 802-372-3213.

The Region
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While the LCBP traditionally focuses on the landscape that drains into Lake Champlain, the area of consideration for the CVNHP includes any historic site or community along the "linked navigable waterways" of Lake Champlain, Lake George, the Champlain Canal, and the Upper Hudson River that contains a physical, cultural, or historical resource that represent the CVNHP’s interpretive themes. The Vermont and New York counties within the Partnership include Grand Isle, Franklin, Chittenden, Addison, Rutland, Bennington, Clinton, Essex, Warren, Saratoga and Washington. (Click map to enlarge.)