|NPS Seeks Your Thoughts On The Smith Trail|
October Workshops Invite Public to Share Ideas on Management Alternatives for Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Annapolis, MD (09/02/09) - The National Park Service will hold a series of eight public workshops in October on the future management of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The Comprehensive Management Plan workshops will present alternatives for managing the trail resources, providing visitor services, and developing partnerships. Park staff and planners will ask the public to comment on their preferred concepts.
“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 Park Service will seek extensive public involvement to help determine the preferred alternative that will guide the development of the trail for the next 15 – 20 years. Public input from the workshops will help shape the final draft plan, which will be available for public comment in December. A final plan, which will include responses to the public comments, is expected in spring 2010.
For more information on the trail, the management alternatives, and the upcoming workshop locations and times, visit the website at www.nps.gov/cajo or www.smithtrail.net.
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.
SCHEDULE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOPS
October 12, 2009
October 13, 2009
October 14, 2009
October 15, 2009
October 19, 2009
October 20, 2009
October 21, 2009
October 22, 2009
For more information contact: Jeff Winstel