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Public Invited to Share Ideas, Suggestions on the Future of John Smith Chesapeake Trail
Annapolis, MD (09/05/08) - The National Park Service (NPS) has announced a series of open houses to receive public input and comments on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. These events, held throughout the Chesapeake Bay region in late September and early October, will provide background on the trail, explain the suggested interpretive themes, and share issues and questions NPS seeks to answer as it develops the trail’s comprehensive management plan and environmental assessment (CMP/EA).
“Public involvement is key to a successful future of the trail,” said John Maounis, the trail’s superintendent. “Based on what we hear at these workshops, we can develop meaningful programs and concepts that will relate to everyone who visits this unique and significant resource.”
The national historic trail, established in 2006, retraces the 1607-1609 voyages of John Smith in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Touching upon Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, the trail’s purpose is three-fold: commemorate Smith’s voyages, share knowledge about the Chesapeake Indian societies and cultures, and interpret the natural history of the Bay.
Extensive public involvement (as well as consultation with state agencies) is sought to help guide the NPS as it works to understand the best methods to manage, interpret, and access the trail. The workshops, held in an “open house” format with NPS staff on hand to respond to questions, are scheduled for three consecutive weeks beginning on September 23 at the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center in Jamestown, Virginia. Other Virginia workshops will be held in Cape Charles, Deltaville, and Alexandria. Venues in Baltimore, Havre de Grace, and St. Michaels have been selected for Maryland’s workshops. An additional workshop will be held in Seaford, Delaware.
Public input from the open houses will help shape a set of management alternatives, which will be brought before the public in spring 2009. NPS plans to distribute a draft CMP/EA in fall of 2009 (also open to public comment). A final plan, which will include responses to the public comments, is expected in early 2010.
For more information on the trail, its purpose, and the upcoming workshop locations and times, please visit the NPS website at www.nps.gov/cajo. The public is invited to share their thoughts at the open houses and online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cajo.
Schedule of Public Open Houses on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
September 23, 2008
September 24, 2008
September 25, 2008
September 30, 2008
October 1, 2008
October 2, 2008
October 7, 2008
October 8, 2008
For more information contact: Peggy Wall