|Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Expands with Two New Maryland Sites|
Annapolis, MD (03/02/01) - The National Park Service is proud to announce the expansion of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network with the addition of two new Gateway sites located in the state of Maryland. The Network aims to create a broader commitment to Bay restoration and conservation efforts by highlighting important Chesapeake Bay stories at sites across the watershed.
The new Maryland Chesapeake Bay Gateways, the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, expand the Gateways Network to a total of 41 sites across the Bay watershed in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. “The addition of Fort McHenry and the Calvert Marine Museum to the Bay Gateways Network will increase opportunities for Bay residents and visitors to create new chapters in the story of the Chesapeake,” said Jonathan Doherty, National Park Service manager for the Gateway Program.
“Visitors to these and other Gateways will increasingly be able to relate each of these sites’ cultural, historical or ecological significance to the Bay.”
Each new Gateway brings a unique attraction and benefit to the Gateways Network. The Calvert Marine Museum attracts more than 60,000 visitors each year to exhibits, historic boats, a lighthouse and many other activities. Museum programs help people learn about and enjoy the maritime history of the area, the ecology of the Bay and nearby Patuxent River estuaries, and the fossil record from miocene times found not far away at Calvert Cliffs. The Museum’s addition to the Network helps develop links with other Gateways, including five sites in southern Maryland.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, managed by the National Park Service, preserves the historic “Star Fort” that defended Baltimore from naval attacks coming up the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay. Nearly 700,000 annual visitors appreciate the inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner. Once there, visitors find opportunities to learn about the central role of the Chesapeake and its tributaries in the War of 1812 and the nation’s naval history.
The announcement of the two new Maryland sites coincides with the designation of nine new Chesapeake Bay Gateways in Virginia, including a Maury River water trail, George Washington Birthplace National Monument, and six Virginia state parks along the shores of the Bay and its tributaries.
New Gateway nominations are reviewed on a monthly basis by the National Park Service and a Working Group established by the Chesapeake Bay Program. Additional Gateways will be added in coming months and will be featured as part of the Network website, and in a new map and guide to be published this year.
To advance the Gateways Network, the National Park Service provides technical assistance and a matching grants program to enhance interpretation, visitor information and access and conservation projects at designated Gateways.
“Chesapeake Bay Gateways help us all appreciate the deep connection between people, the Bay and the natural world,” said Doherty. ”Evoking this connection every day through these special places is important in our collective efforts to conserve and restore the Chesapeake Bay.”