National historic trails are partnership endeavors, spanning vast distances and involving many different jurisdictions. The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail already involves numerous partners, and the number will increase as the trail develops.
Two partnership entities are linked to the trail by law. The legislation that created the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail specifies that the trail shall be administered “in coordination with” the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network and the Chesapeake Bay Program.
Numerous federal, state, tribal, regional, and local agencies, as well as public and private organizations are also partners in the development of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Learn more about our partners at www.smithtrail.net.
The Advisory Council for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail consists of representatives of federal and state agencies, tribes, and Bay-related organizations. The council assists the National Park Service in development and implementation, identifying significant trail resources, and other matters.
Did You Know?
In the 17th century, the Chesapeake Bay hosted hundreds of thousands of acres of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) beds filled with juvenile fish and abundant blue crabs. Today the disappearance of these beds is a sign of an ecosystem in serious decline. Today fewer than 75,000 acres remain.