Letter of Support

Dear Friends of the Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition:

Thank you to all who have submitted your letters of support for the Towpath Trail and Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. We truly appreciate your willingness to help! We have received over 60 letters of support so far, with a goal of 1,000 letters. We have extended our deadline for receiving letters until July 21st, so please send your letter before that time and e-mail a copy of your letter to our office. Your valued support makes a significant impact on the effort to restore our federal funding for the National Heritage Area program in the National Park Service budget.

In the President’s proposed budget for 2018, the Administration is recommending eliminating funding for all National Heritage Areas, including the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area. The impact on the Towpath Trail and Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area would be devastating since it would eliminate funding for the continued development, enhancement and maintenance of the Towpath Trail and Connector Trails, the restoration of historic buildings, conservation of natural areas and presentation of environmental programs. Quite simply, it puts at risk our goal of completing the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail by 2020.

If you enjoy and value the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area, here is how you can help:

-Please write a letter to Congressman Tim Ryan, Congressman David Joyce and Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman expressing your support for the Towpath Trail and Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area and request that they restore funding to the National Heritage Area program in the National Park Service budget. A sample letter is attached.

-Please feel free to edit and personalize the letter. We need individual as well as organizational letters to demonstrate your support for the Towpath Trail and Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area.

-Attached is a sample letter and a list of our Members of Congress. Here is a list of who you send the letter to:

-If you live in Tuscarawas County, please send your letter to Congressman Bob Gibbs, Senator Brown and Senator Portman.

-If you live in Stark County, please send your letter to Congressman Bob Gibbs, Senator Brown and Senator Portman

-If you live in Summit County, please send your letter to Congressman Tim Ryan, Congressman David Joyce, Senator Brown and Senator Portman

-If you live in Cuyahoga County, please send your letter to Congresswoman Kaptur, Congresswoman Fudge, Senator Brown and Senator Portman

Please feel free to encourage your friends and colleagues who enjoy the Towpath Trail and Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area to write a letter of support.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you again for considering our request and we look forward to hearing from you.

Here are links to the needed documents, they are in Microsoft Word format:

Letter of Support

Names and Addresses of Law Makers