|National Park Service Announces Grants to Eight Southern Maryland Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Sites|
Greenwell State Park, MD (05/29/02) - The National Park Service today announced $202,000 in new grants to support locally initiated projects at eight southern Maryland Chesapeake Bay Gateway Sites.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is a partnership system of over 110 parks, refuges, historic ports, museums, 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 to experience and understand the Bay as a whole.
“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.”
Gateways grants help designated Gateways improve their ability to engage visitors in the Chesapeake story, provide more public access to the water, or involve people in Bay conservation and restoration efforts. National Park Service grant funds are matched by at least an equal share of funds and services provided by the recipient from other sources. New Gateways grants awarded in southern Maryland include:
Grants to additional sites in the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network will be announced in coming weeks.
A Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Map & Guide is available free of charge at most Gateway sites, as well as 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.