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NPS Seeks Your Thoughts On The Smith Trail
October Workshops Invite Public to Share Ideas on Management Alternatives for Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail


Released 09/02/2009

The National Park Service will hold a series of eight public workshops in October on the future management of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The Comprehensive Management Plan workshops will present alternatives for managing the trail resources, providing visitor services, and developing partnerships. Park staff and planners will ask the public to comment on their preferred concepts.
“Public involvement is key to a successful future of the trail,” said John Maounis, the trail’s superintendent. “Based on what we hear at these workshops, we can develop meaningful programs and concepts that will relate to everyone who visits this unique and significant resource.”

The National Park Service will seek extensive public involvement to help determine the preferred alternative that will guide the development of the trail for the next 15 – 20 years. Public input from the workshops will help shape the final draft plan, which will be available for public comment in December. A final plan, which will include responses to the public comments, is expected in spring 2010.

For more information on the trail, the management alternatives, and the upcoming workshop locations and times, visit the website at www.nps.gov/cajo or www.smithtrail.net.

The national historic trail, established in 2006, retraces the 1607-1609 voyages of John Smith in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Touching upon Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, the trail’s purpose is three-fold: commemorate Smith’s voyages, share knowledge about the Chesapeake Indian societies and cultures, and interpret the natural history of the Bay.

SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOPS
ON THE CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH CHESAPEAKE NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL

October 12, 2009
The Watermen’s Museum
309 Water Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
6 p.m – 8 p.m.

October 13, 2009
Deltaville Community Center
17147 General Puller Highway
Deltaville, VA 23043
6 p.m – 8 p.m.

October 14, 2009
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street
Annapolis, MD 21403
6 p.m – 8 p.m.

October 15, 2009
Charles Sumner School
1201 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Via MetroRail: Farragut North (Red Line)
6 p.m – 8 p.m.

October 19, 2009
Barrier Islands Center
Virginia’s Eastern Shore
7295 Young Street
Machipongo, VA 23405
6 p.m – 8 p.m.

October 20, 2009
Seaford City Hall
414 High Street
Seaford, DE 19973
6 p.m – 8 p.m.

October 21, 2009
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Steamboat Building
213 North Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663
6 p.m – 8 p.m.

October 22, 2009
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum
100 Lafayette Street
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
6 p.m – 8 p.m.

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