Secretary Salazar Designates 4 Connecting Component River Trails
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

Secretary Ken Salazar signs the document designating four connecting components to the John Smith Trail.
Secretary Ken Salazar signs the designation of four connecting components to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
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Quick Facts

GETTING READY FOR 2016:

A Call to Action
Action Item:
Follow the Flow
Also Promotes:
History Lesson
Year Accomplished:
2012

In May, 2012, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar designated four water trails as new historic connecting components of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. The designation recognizes the significance of four connecting rivers -- the Susquehanna, Chester, Upper Nanticoke, and Upper James Rivers -- to the history, cultural heritage, and natural resources of the 3,000 mile long trail. These river trails are closely associated with Captain John Smith's explorations, including the landscapes of the American Indian towns and cultures of the 17th century Chesapeake.
The designation of the connecting trail components enables the National Park Service to work closely with state and local agencies and other partners -- notably conservation and tribal organizations -- to provide technical and financial assistance, resource management, facility enhancement, interpretive trail route marking, and promotion of these water trails as a recreational and education resource.