||The National Park Service has released a special resource study that was undertaken to determine whether the sites and associated landscape features within the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor that contribute to the understanding of the Corridor as the birthplace of the industrial revolution in the United States would be eligible for potential inclusion as a unit of the National Park System. The Corridor encompasses all or part of 24 communities from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI.
The public comment period will be open until August 26, 2011. Comments may be submitted on this site or via electronic mail or by U.S. Mail by sending them to Ellen Carlson, Project Manager, National Park Service, Northeast Region – Boston Office, 15 State Street, Boston, MA 02109; Ellen_Carlson@nps.gov.
Two public meeting will be held to discuss the study. The first will take place on Wednesday, August 10 at 3PM at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center located at 175 Main Street in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. A second meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16 at 7 PM at Northbridge Town Hall located at 7 Main Street in Whitinsville, MA. The meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about and comment on the study's findings and proposed management options.