|2006 Grants Benefit Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network|
Annapolis, MD (08/24/06) - The National Park Service today announced 14 new grants totaling $875,133 to support locally initiated projects that will help tell the story of the Chesapeake Bay. Today's grants to designated Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network sites will help improve public access to and increase public knowledge about the importance of the Chesapeake Bay 's 64,000 square mile watershed. The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network is a partnership system of more than 152 parks, refuges, historic ports and museums, trails and water trails throughout the watershed.
"The grants help the National Park Service to support many worthwhile projects through effective partnerships," said Mary A. Bomar, National Park Service Regional Director for the Northeast Region. "The 2006 grants will generate more than $1.5 million in local contributions," she added. National Park Service grants are matched by at least an equal share of funds and resources provided by the recipient.
This year's grants cover the Bay from Baltimore , MD to Richmond , VA. The focus of the grants is on building capacity for visitors to access and understand the importance of individual sites to the overall Chesapeake story. Grants vary broadly from providing improved and integrated signage in the Baltimore Inner Harbor, to providing improved public access to the working Chesapeake waterman, to exploring the earliest development of the Bay through improved public access to paleontologic information.
"Gateways grants develop sites, signage and interpretive programs that help people experience the Chesapeake personally," said John Maounis, Director of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
"Each opportunity to expand a person's knowledge and understanding of this complex watershed is an opportunity to encourage personal support and involvement in the conservation of this important resource."
For more information contact: Peggy Wall