The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay will release its draft Comprehensive Management Plan/Environmental Assessment for Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail on October 6th. Public review of the plan is encouraged and comments may be made for thirty days. After the public comment period closes on November 5th, an analysis of the comments will be made and a final Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) will be submitted to Congress. The CMP will guide management of the trail for the next twenty years.
The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the first national water trail, commemorates the explorations of John Smith on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in 1607‐1609, tracing approximately 3,000 miles of his voyages. Among the four alternatives for management of the trail, the draft CMP discusses the selection of the preferred alternative based on the analysis and findings of the NPS planning team as well as on public comments received during the planning process. The preferred management alternative offers greater advantages in protection of trail‐related resources, interpretation and understanding for visitors, and public use and enjoyment of the trail.
The full draft CMP will be available for download at the trail’s planning website: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cajo. The preferred method of comment is online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cajo. Comments may also be emailed to CAJO_Superintendent@nps.gov or by letter sent to the attention of Superintendent, CAJO, at the office cited above.