National Park Service Awards Financial Assistance
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

Annapolis, MD (03/31/08) - Five Gateways that are part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network received Financial Assistance Awards to help them tell the story of the Chesapeake Bay from their unique perspective. These awards support local projects as varied as a summer camp for disadvantaged youth to interpretation of early colonial life on the Bay to interactive exhibits to encourage citizen stewardship of the Bay. Four of the local projects will help expand our knowledge of Captain John Smith’s historic voyages and the impact they had on the development of colonial America.

“The Chesapeake Bay is one of this nation’s treasures and to conserve it will take the active involvement of everyone who lives in or visits the Bay watershed,” said John Maounis, Superintendent of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. “The more we can help people understand and appreciate the Bay, the better equipped they will be to become the Bay’s stewards.”

These Financial Assistance Awards, totaling over $100,000, are matched by at least an equal share of funds and resources provided by the recipient. This leveraging of funds builds strong partnerships that support the Gateways and Watertrails Network. Additional Financial Assistance Awards will be announced this summer.

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network (CBGN) connects visitors with the Chesapeake and its rivers through 156 parks, wildlife refuges, museums, sailing ships, historic communities, trails and more. These Gateways are the special places where people can experience the authentic Chesapeake – its spectacular natural areas, its unique contributions to America’s history, its maritime heritage. Authorized by the United States Congress in 1998 and created in 2000, the Network is coordinated by the National Park Service, a partner of the Chesapeake Bay Program, to inspire public appreciation of the Bay as a national treasure and to foster Chesapeake stewardship.

For more information contact: John Maounis (410) 267-5778

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