The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office released the report “2009 Year in Review”. The report summarizes in detail the activities and projects associated with these programs: Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, and Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. In addition, the report provides the key strategies of the NPS Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative developed in response to the executive order issued for the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.
Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network is a growing partnership system of parks, refuges, museums, historic sites and water trails in the Bay watershed. Gateways sites are located across the Chesapeake watershed in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia and New York. The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the first national water trail, was designated by Congress in 2006 to commemorate the 1607-1609 voyages of Captain John Smith. Designated in 2008, the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail preserves the stories, landscapes and lessons of the Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812.
The report being released today, “2009 Year in Review”, provides information about the milestones achieved in development of the management plans for both trails as well as Gateway projects funded by the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office. Many Gateways sites are associated with one or both of the two national trails. Significant information is also provided about the nature of the National Park Service response to President Obama’s executive order and the goals and long-term action plan associated with the resultant Chesapeake Treasured Landscape Initiative.
The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office works with state and local governments, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations to increase public access, conserve Chesapeake watershed places valued by citizens, and to foster stewardship of these special landscapes and resources.