|Tools for Gateways|
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Being a Chesapeake Bay Gateway is about making a difference. It’s about telling the Bay story, helping people access the Bay’s special resources, and stimulating involvement in Bay stewardship.
This section provides a range of key Network tools and information for making this happen. If you need further assistance, contact a member of the National Park Service staff.
|Gateways Website / Website Assistance|
|Submit request to add, edit or change information about your site for the Gateways website.|
|Login and update your site's calendar of events. (Download a guidance document for uploading events)|
|Information sheets for creating Gateways website entries:|
|Sheet for Gateway Sites (Word format)|
|Sheet for New/Developing Water Trails (Word format)|
|On-line Logo Banners|
|Writing for the Web: Guidelines - 51 kb .pdf|
|Website Road Map to Success: User-Centered Design Approach - 97 kb .pdf|
| User-Centered Design Approach: Diagram - 19 kb .ppt
|Assistance and Advice|
|On-line information and assistance is available for the following topics:|
|Gateways Graphics & Design|
|Guide to Graphic Standards|
|Water Trail Signage graphic standard - 593 kb .pdf|
|Interpretation – Telling the Bay Story|
|American Indian Interpretation|
|Interpretive planning assistance|
|Water Trail Development|
|Water Trail Tool Kit - an online tool kit explaining how to plan, build and manage a water trail|
|Logical Lasting Launches - Design Guidance - for canoe and kayak launches|
| Community Involvement Tool Kit
|Economic Contribution of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network to Local Economies - Assesses economic contribution of CBGN in terms of sales, income and jobs.|
|Check on efforts underway to enhance the overall Network.|
|Gateways Network Exhibits|
|Gateways Needs Assessment Survey|
| Development of Support Organization
|Financial Assistance Awards|
The National Park Service (NPS), Chesapeake Bay Office (CHBA) provides financial assistance for public access site development projects that advance the development of designated water trails, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (CAJO), and/or the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail (STSP). Below are tools to develop or manage your projects.
|Meetings and Workshops|
|Click here to find out about upcoming meetings, conferences, and workshops.
|Chesapeake Bay Special Resource Study|
Responding to a request from Congress included within report language for the Fiscal Year 1999 Interior Appropriations Act, the National Park Service prepared the Chesapeake Bay Special Resource Study and Final Environmental Impact Statement (SRS/FEIS) to explore the potential for a new unit of the National Park System focused on the Chesapeake Bay. The SRS/FEIS examines: whether having additional Chesapeake Bay resources within the Naitonal Park System would meet NPS criteria and would advance partnership efforts to conserve and restore the Chesapeake Bay; defines alternative concepts for how the National Park System might best represent the resources and significance of the Chesapeake Bay; and identifies a preferred alternative.
Download the entire report - .pdf (17 MB) (Note: this is a very large file and will take a significant amount of time to download, especially for those on dial-up connections)
Download individual chapters and sections: