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Heritage Needs Assessment
In November 1997 the Oregon Heritage Commission adopted an Action Plan designed to address the Oregon Heritage Plan´s long-term goals and objectives to foster heritage conservation and development in Oregon. The action plan highlighted three specific goals:
  • Create a voice for heritage advocacy
  • Advocate for sustained funding for heritage
  • Raise public awareness of the value of heritage
Statewide Survey
As one step toward fulfilling these goals the Commission decided to conduct a statewide survey of current heritage needs and update it periodically. The first such survey was conducted in 1998 and its results were published in 1998 Heritage Needs Assessment. 2001 Heritage Needs Assessment is the update of that initial survey and publication.

Unmet Needs
As was true with the 1998 survey, the 2001 effort solicited project concepts from individuals, non-profit, tribal and governmental organizations with responsibility for or interest in heritage resources. The survey pinpointed unmet needs in the state for the conservation and preservation of significant historic and prehistoric resources, including but not limited to objects, structures, buildings, documents, collections, traditions, folkways, and trails. In addition, survey respondents identified important educational, interpretive, and commemorative projects throughout the state.

Survey Responses
It is important to emphasize that the results of the Needs Assessment Survey do not represent all of the state´s heritage needs. The survey was completed and returned voluntarily, and many organizations and individuals did not submit survey data. Therefore, the results presented here are conservative and represent only a portion of the critical heritage needs in Oregon.

In the 2001 survey, respondents were asked to estimate total project costs, sponsor contributions toward the costs, and the resulting need to achieve the goals of projects that they were prepared to complete between 2001 and 2005.

A printed copy of the 2001 Heritage Needs Assessment is available from the Heritage Commission by sending your request to heritage.info@state.or.us