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    Chesapeake Bay

NPS Chesapeake Bay Investments FY12

Kids learn to paddle on the Gunpowder River
Kids learn to paddle on the Gunpowder River in Maryland
Middleton Evans

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Date: September 5, 2012

Annapolis, MD -- The National Park Service is committed to the development of recreational opportunities for all citizens and to a mission of education centered on the abundance of cultural and natural resources in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.In collaboration with many partners, the National Park Service works to expand public access to the Chesapeake Bay and tributary rivers, build visitor experiences along two national historic trails, develop teacher resources in line with state standards, expand service and employment opportunities for youth, and continue to enhance online and virtual experiences with advanced technologies.

These community projects also respond to local needs while advancing public access goals set through the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the federal response to President Obama's Executive Order 13508. The 24 projects below total $1,363,039 and address education, youth engagement programs, and public access and trail development and are implemented by partners with assistance and support from the National Park Service.Each project is leveraged through additional means such as matching funds, in-kind services, and volunteer hours.

 

Education Projects

Star-Spangled Banner Teacher Symposium

Partner:Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier - Orange, VA

Amount: $36,006

With this financial assistance, thirty teachers from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia spent five days learning about the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake and the educational resources now available for curricula in the classroom. This Residential Teacher Seminar was conducted in partnership with the Center for the Constitution and included lectures by subject matter experts, historians, book authors, and guided tours of relevant sites.

War of 1812 in Southern Maryland: Traveling Exhibit and Traveling Trunks

Partners:Southern Maryland Heritage Area, Calvert Marine Museum, and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum - Charles County, St. Mary's County, and Calvert County, MD

Amount: $36,000

This project will provide a traveling exhibit and two traveling trunks focusing on events of the War of 1812 in Southern Maryland. The traveling exhibit will interpret the impacts of the War of 1812 in Southern Maryland, and travel to museums, libraries, community centers, schools, and other public institutions. The 1812 Traveling Trunks can travel with the exhibit or be available to any Maryland educator, and will contain a series of lesson plans and accompanying objects that allow instruction on the War of 1812 to accommodate a range of learning styles and engage all of the senses.

Youth Engagement Projects

Maryland Conservation Job Corps on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Partner:Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Prince George's County, MD

Amount:$40,000

Maryland Department of Natural Resources employed and trained youth in projects on the Patuxent River along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.These Maryland Conservation Job Corps participants learned and applied technical skills, environmental principles, and outdoor recreation skills at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Patuxent River Park, Cedarville State Forest, Jug Bay Natural Area, Douglas Point, and Point Lookout State Park.

Youth Intern, Chesapeake Youth Corps Network

Partner:Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Annapolis, MD

Amount:$25,000

These funds support one youth intern to provide service-learning opportunities in support of Maryland Conservation Job Corps, a key partner in Chesapeake Youth Corps workforces. Youth programs teach environmental stewardship, employ youth in development of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake and Star-Spangled Banner national historic trails, connect diverse participants with the outdoors and cultural heritage, and offer opportunities for career development.

Youth Workforce Training on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Partner:Parks & People Foundation - Baltimore, MD

Amount: $60,000

The Parks & People Foundation is employing and training youth on the Patapsco River in Baltimore, MD, along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail. The Foundation's program for high-school age youth is called BRANCHES - Building Resources and Nurturing Community Health and Environmental Stewardship.Participants learned and applied technical skills, environmental principles, and outdoor recreation skills at sixteen locations including Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the Fell's Point Visitor Center, and the Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum.

Youth Intern, Chesapeake Youth Corps Network

Partner:Parks & People Foundation - Baltimore, MD

Amount:$25,000

These funds support one youth intern to provide service-learning opportunities in support of the Parks & People Foundation's youth workforce training program, a key partner in Chesapeake Youth Corps workforces. Youth programs teach environmental stewardship, employ youth in development of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake and Star-Spangled Banner national historic trails, connect diverse participants with the outdoors and cultural heritage, and offer opportunities for career development.

Virginia Youth Conservation Corps on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Partner:Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation - Richmond, VA

Amount:$40,000

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation employed and trained youth in projects on the James River along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. These Virginia Youth Conservation Corps participants learned and applied technical skills, environmental principles, and outdoor recreation skills at James River State Park and at Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Park.

Youth Intern, Chesapeake Youth Corps Network

Partner:James River Association - Richmond, VA

Amount:$25,000

These funds support one youth intern to provide service-learning opportunities in support of the Virginia Youth Conservation Corps, a key partner in Chesapeake Youth Corps workforces. Youth programs teach environmental stewardship, employ youth in development of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake and Star-Spangled Banner national historic trails, connect diverse participants with the outdoors and cultural heritage, and offer opportunities for career development.

Public Access and Trail Development Projects

Developing Public Water Access at Piscataway Park

Partner:Accokeek Foundation - Fort Washington, MD

Amount:$58,000

The Accokeek Foundation will significantly increase and improve public access to the Potomac River at Piscataway Park. Elements of the project include:1) construction of a new dock allowing visitors to arrive by water, 2) retrofit of the Saylor Grove/Fishing Pier to accommodate tour boats, 3) installation of a floating pier and fixed ramp, 4) addition of canoe/kayak dock, 5) upgrades to connecting pathways, and 6) way finding and interpretive resources. This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

Juniata River Water Trail Access

Partner:Allegheny Ridge Corporation - Mt. Union, and Mapleton, PA

Amount: $17,065

The Allegheny Ridge Corporation is coordinating this project for planning and design of boating access at two communities along the Juniata River Water Trail, a National Recreation Trail in Huntingdon County, PA. This project includes planning, design, engineering and permitting of new and enhanced public access facilities at Mt. Union, PA and Mapleton, PA. The Juniata River Water Trail is a national recreation trail.

 

Anacostia Kingfisher Water Trail Master Plan & Public Access Project

Partner:Anacostia Watershed Society - Bladensburg, MD

Amount:$115,000

The Anacostia Watershed Society and partners will complete a water trail master plan encompassing the Anacostia River corridor from the Bladensburg Waterfront Park vicinity in Maryland through Washington DC to the confluence with the Potomac River. The project includes planning and development of several high priority, site specific trail access and interpretation projects; in particular, a canoe/kayak access facility will be constructed at a Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission site, with other site planning and facility design work to be determined as the master planning proceeds. This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

Benedict Waterfront Village Revitalization, Phase I completion

Partner:Charles County, Maryland

Amount: $44,000

Building on their Benedict Waterfront Village Revitalization Plan, Charles County will work with partners and community members to complete schematic design of Phase I priorities from the Village Gateway to the Benedict waterfront. Design features will include a village gateway with signage, native plantings, flagpole and lighting; pedestrian access to the waterfront including a 5' pedestrian pathway, and a trail and boardwalk over wetland areas with site furnishings and interpretive signage; and, waterfront improvements including a kayak launch. This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

Great Bridge Lock Park Canoe/Kayak Launch

Partner:City of Chesapeake, VA, Parks and Recreation Department - Chesapeake, VA

Amount: $66,000

Funding will support the addition of an ADA compliant kayak/canoe launch at a popular public motor boat launch area in Great Bridge Lock Park. The launch site will allow paddlers safe and direct access to the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River and beyond.This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Mount Harmon Plantation Dock & Water Access Improvement Project

Partner:Friends of Mt. Harmon, Inc. - Earleville, MD

Amount:$85,000

Outcomes of this project include a new public access dock, dock parking, canoe and kayak soft-landing, picnic area, updated public restroom facilities, interpretive and directional signage, and visitor service products.Mount Harmon currently has no public dock or water access facilities on site.This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

Jersey Shore Borough Access on the Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch

Partner:Jersey Shore Borough - Lycoming County, PA

Amount:$75,000

The Jersey Shore Borough project will plan, design and engineer a new public river access/boat launch along Front Street to increase access to the Susquehanna River Water Trail - West Branch. The proposed design scope includes an access road, site grading, bank stabilization to minimize disturbance, directional, safety and interpretive signage, native tree plantings, a viewing area overlooking the river, a concrete boat launch and a pervious stone parking lot.This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Planning and Design for Two Public Access Points on Cat Point Creekat Menokin

Partner:Menokin Foundation - Warsaw, VA

Amount:$70,000

This funding will support planning and design of two public access points on Cat Point Creek within the Menokin Foundation property in Richmond County, Virginia. Extensive site reconnaissance will balance proposed development with conservation of this important indigenous cultural landscape. This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Access on the Nanticoke River Water Trail

Partner:Nanticoke Watershed Alliance - Vienna, MD

Amount: $35,000

This funding supports master planning, design and engineering for a new public access facility on the Nanticoke River Water Trail in Maryland. The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance and their partners will also create a comprehensive online map and guide to provide access and safety information as well as natural and cultural resource interpretation for the water trail. This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Juniata River Water Trail, Howe Township Boating and Fishing Access Project

Partner:Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission - Perry County, PA

Amount:$57,514

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will acquire property and develop a formal boat launch facility for canoes, kayaks and small motorized fishing boats.The new public water access facility will include a single lane concrete plank boat launch ramp, an ADA accessible courtesy dock with fishing access, an expanded parking area and an improved access road to aid traffic flow through the facility.

The Juniata River Water Trail is a national recreation trail.

Fort Hunter Park Public Access Project on the Susquehanna River Water Trail - Middle Branch

Partner:Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission - Dauphin County, PA

Amount:$89,250

This project will provide two additional access points at the Susquehanna River at Fort Hunter Park near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Dauphin County, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, will construct two non-motorized, handicapped accessible boat launches. These launch sites will include parking areas and pathways and will be safely separated from and augment an existing launch for motorized boats. This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Occoquan Water Trail Access Enhancement

Partner:Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation - Woodbridge, VA

Amount:$77,500

Led by the Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation, this project will enhance access and visitor experiences on the Occoquan Water Trail-a component of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.A central feature of the project is the installation of a universally accessible canoe/kayak floating dock and launch at the Lake Ridge Park Marina. Other project components include bank stabilization using a tiered system of bio-socks, a beach/soft launch area, an accessible pathway, and mile markers and other orientation signage along the water trail. This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Chemung Basin River Trail and Headwaters River Trail Access Project

Partner:Upper Susquehanna Coalition - Chemung County and Otsego County, NY

Amount:$87,523

This project encompasses several inter-related water trail development initiatives.They are:1) Construction of a new 170 foot portage trail and access point on the south side of the Chemung River in Elmira, NY, 2) A new 15-mile water trail will be established on Oaks Creek by linking one existing site with three new fishing and paddling access sites, and 3) Visitor outreach initiatives will link the developing Oaks Creek Blueway Trail with established trail segments.This project supports the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Interpretive Media along the Star-Spangled Banner Trail in the District of Columbia

Partner:Cultural Tourism DC -District of Columbia

Amount: $67,748

This project will be led by Cultural Tourism DC in coordination with the National-Capital Region's War of 1812 bicentennial collaborative of museums, parks and sites. The project will create a series of vertical post or wall-mounted interpretive waysides at sites in the DC area; an accompanying printed map guide highlighting history and recreation sites and activities in the DC area; and trail markers incorporated into existing outdoor orientation panels that are already part of Cultural Tourism's Neighborhood Heritage Trails program. This project supports the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

North Point State Battlefield Design

Partner:Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Baltimore County, MD

Amount: $96,433

Building on the concept envisioned in Joining Forces: The Plan to Commemorate the North Point Battle of 1814, planning and design will be completed for North Point State Battlefield, to enable the park to make the improvements necessary to ready the park for visitors by the 200th anniversary of the Battle of North Point in fall 2014. Design elements include a parking lot for bicycles, automobiles, and buses; a gathering plaza; a low-maintenance, universally accessible, multi-use loop pathway; a pavilion; native plantings; seating; and interpretive signage. This project supports the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

North Point State Park Visitor Center Exhibit Design

Partner:Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Baltimore County, MD

Amount: $35,000

This project will prepare the state park to fully utilize the existing North Point State Park Visitor Center as the primary orientation facility for visitors to the North Point peninsula.Design and construction drawings will be developed to modify the existing visitor center building to accommodate interactive exhibits about the War of 1812, Chesapeake Bay ecology, and life on the peninsula from prehistory, to the days of the Bayshore Amusement Park, until today; a flexible classroom space for web lab activities and classroom learning; an archival space for research; and a gift shop.This project supports the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

Did You Know?

Satellite image of the Bay

Did you know that the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North American and the second largest in the world?