|Gateways Network Tops 100|
16 Sites and Trails Added to Growing Network of Places for Experiencing the Chesapeake Bay
Annapolis, MD (01/30/02) - With the addition of 16 sites and trails, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network now includes over 100 special places where people can experience and learn about the Chesapeake Bay. The new Gateways bring the total number of parks, refuges, historic ports, museums and trails in the Network to 106.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is a partnership system of sites, trails and water trails around the Bay watershed. Each of these “Bay Gateways” tells a part of the multi-faceted Chesapeake story. Together, as the Gateways Network, they provide a way for people to experience and understand the Bay as a whole.
A Map & Guide to the Gateways Network is available to help visitors explore the special places of the Chesapeake Bay. A companion website, www.baygateways.net, provides extensive information about the Network and each participating Bay destination.
Today, the Gateways Network includes 20 state parks, 8 units of the National Park System, 5 National Wildlife Refuges, 16 museums, an Indian reservation, 17 water trails, and a number of other types of sites. With the 16 new additions to the Network visitors will soon be able to explore more of the Chesapeake’s tributaries, both at places like Great Falls Park along the Potomac and developing water trails along the Susquehanna, James, and Rappahannock Rivers.
While designated Bay Gateways are managed a variety of different organizations and agencies, the overall Network is coordinated by the National Park Service in a joint effort with the Chesapeake Bay Program and its partners. The Bay Program, a partnership of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, the Bay Commission and the Federal government, works to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
“The Gateways Network is a tremendous way for people to enjoy and learn more about one of the nation’s treasures - the Chesapeake Bay,” said National Park Service Director Fran Mainella. “Building personal connections with this great estuary’s special places and stories is a key step in supporting the ongoing Chesapeake Bay conservation effort.”
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Map & Guide is available free of charge at most Gateway sites, as well as in many state welcome centers in Maryland and Virginia. To order a copy by phone, call toll-free, either: 1-866-BAY-WAYS (1-866-229-9297) in Maryland or 1-888-824-5877 in Virginia. Copies may also be ordered on-line from at www.baygateways.net. The Gateways website also provides descriptions and links for all designated Gateways, as well as the ability to search for Gateways by activities, areas of interest or location.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network will continue to expand in the future. The National Park Service and other partners provide financial and technical assistance to designated Gateways to help tell the Bay story, improve public access and undertake conservation efforts.