|2002 Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Map & Guide Available|
Network helps Visitors Explore Bay’s Special Places
Annapolis, MD (06/19/02) - The 2002 Map & Guide to the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is now available to help visitors explore the special places and stories of the Chesapeake Bay. The guide, updated to include new sites and water trails, provides a full listing of activities and facilities at each Gateway.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is a system of over 110 parks, refuges, museums, historic communities and water trails in the Bay watershed. Each of these “Bay Gateways” tells a part of the multifaceted Chesapeake story. Together, as the Gateways Network, they provide a way for people to experience and understand the Bay as a whole.
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 tollfree, 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 the Gateways Network website at www.baygateways.net.
“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 Fran Mainella, Director of the National Park Service. “Building personal connections with this great estuary’s special places and stories is a key step in supporting the ongoing Chesapeake Bay conservation effort.”
Visitors can explore the Chesapeake’s natural areas at Gateways like Maryland’s Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge or Virginia’s York River State Park. The Bay’s history can be found at sites as diverse as Jamestown in Virginia and the Decoy Museum in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Kayakers, canoeists and boaters can explore a series of developing water trails along Bay tributaries from Norfolk to New York State.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is coordinated by the National Park Service in a joint effort with the Chesapeake Bay Program and its many partners -- Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the federal government.
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network will continue to expand in the future, adding additional sites and water trails. 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 and restoration efforts.