The National Park Service Chesapeake Office (NPS Chesapeake) administers, manages and participates in multiple Chesapeake partnerships and collaboratives. The central program NPS Chesapeake manages is the congressionally created Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network (Chesapeake Gateways).
Chesapeake Gateways is both a network of special places and an NPS technical and financial assistance program which was originally authorized by Congress through the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998.
In 2021, the NPS Chesapeake issued an updated guiding document, Refreshing the Chesapeake Gateways Network: An Updated Framework. It provides an overview of the structure and themes of Chesapeake Gateways and serves as the foundation for planning and management decisions over the next 10-15 years.
Based on the new Framework, the NPS Chesapeake office also developed and issued, with substantial partner involvement, Chesapeake Gateways Strategic Plan 2021-2026. The new Strategic Plan is focused on inclusion and equity and sets out specific priorities and actions for Chesapeake Gateways over the coming years.
Last updated: October 6, 2022