State-Wide Trail News
The Trails Division of the Department of Natural Resources is working with our federal, state, county, municipal and private partners on a wide variety of projects. Not every project listed below is necessarily a DNR initiative; for some we are merely providing technical assistance.
The projects listed below involve multiple government and private initiatives and are not necessarily DNR projects.
November 2013 – January 2014
Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update –The Maryland Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 2035 Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP) for public review and comment. The MTP is a 20-year vision for transportation in Maryland, and outlines the State's transportation goals, policies and priorities. It is updated every five years and helps guide statewide policy and investment decisions across all modes of transportation.
The public comment period will remain open until November 1, 2013. We welcome your thoughts on the draft plan; comments can be provided via email to MDOT2035Plan@mdot.state.md.us, or by mail to the address below. We thank you for your interest in the future of Maryland's transportation system.
An online participation option will also be available and may be accessed the day of the meeting by visiting www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan. A Draft Plan will be released for review prior to the public meeting. Please visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan for more details on the Plan Update process and interim reports.
New State Bicycle Guidelines – The State Highway Administration has recently completed its draft Bicycle Design Guidelines. DNR submitted comments on the guidelines as it relates to DNR lands. Here is the link to the zip file: http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/Office%20of%20Planning%20and%20 Capital%20Programming/Bicycle/Documents/Bicycle_Guidelines.zip
Bikeways Grants– The Bikeways Program supports design and construction of projects that make biking a true transportation alternative by enhancing bicycle access to transit, enhancing bicycle safety, extending shared-use paths, and improving facilities and wayfinding for bike routes that connect key destinations, such as work, school and shopping. The Program supports bike improvements along both local and state roads, as well as off-road trails and pathways.
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) – For 2014, the RTP has conditionally awarded over $1 million in grants to 57 projects throughout the state of Maryland, including $184,551 for motorized trail projects.
The US Congress first authorized the Recreational Trails Program in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. It was reauthorized in 1998 under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). The Recreational Trails Program provides funds to states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses.
Examples of trail uses include hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.
Funds requested for projects cannot exceed $40,000 for trail construction and $30,000 for non-construction.
Activities eligible for funding within this Program include:
- Maintenance and restoration of existing recreational trails.
- Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail
- Purchase and lease of recreational trail construction equipment.
- Construction of new recreational trails (there are restrictions on new trails
on Federal land).
- Acquisition of easements or property for recreational trails or recreational trail corridors.
- Operation of educational programs to promote safety and environmental
protection as those objectives relate to the use of recreational trails.
SHA is strongly encouraging Off-Road Vehicle enthusiasts to submit grant requests for ORV trail projects in 2014.
Please note: These funds are not administered as grants, but are awarded to sponsors on a reimbursement basis; therefore, the sponsor must provide documentation of incurred expenses and proof of payment for the funds to be reimbursed.
SHA requires that the maximum Federal share for each project from Recreational Trails Program funds is 80 percent. In other words, a maximum of 80 percent of the total project costs can be reimbursed by Recreational Trail Program funds; the remaining 20 percent will be covered by sponsor matching resources/funds. Matching resources/funds, such as cash, property value, design, construction, construction inspection, in-kind services and materials should be included as part of the total project costs.
Project sponsors must complete a Recreational Trail Application for each project. The required information includes scope of work, funds requested, and matching funds to be provided. A blank application form at: http://www.marylandroads.com/oed/trails.htm
Applications will be accepted throughout the year with an annual deadline of July 1, and will be received by:
Recreational Trails Program
Office of Environmental Design
State Highway Administration
707 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Transportation Alternatives Program – (formerly Transportation Enhancements Program) is a reimbursable, federal-aid funding program for transportation-related, community projects designed to improve the quality of life for citizens. TA funds projects that enhance the cultural, aesthetic, historic and environmental aspects of the intermodal transportation system. The program can assist in funding projects that create bicycle and pedestrian facilities, conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trails, construction of turnouts and viewing areas, inventory and control of outdoor advertising, historic preservation of transportation facilities, vegetation management in transportation rights-of-way, archeological activities relating to impacts from transportation projects and environmental mitigation. For more information, go to: http://www.roads.maryland.gov/index.aspx?pageid=1
MDOT Website – MDOT has a website for all bicycle and pedestrian programs, beyond just Cycle MD. Check it out at: http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/IncludedContent/New%20MDOT%20Site
Critical Trail Links – DNR, the Maryland Department of Transportation, and the Maryland State Highway Administration continue to explore making critical On-Road & Off Road Connections between BWI Trail & Patapsco State Park, and from the Torrey C. Brown Trail to the Baltimore City trail system.
Cycle Maryland Activities – Social Media is being utilized by our state agencies to promote on-going events. MDOT welcomes your contributions through their website.
Bike Maryland Activities – Local officials, business owners, and bicycle enthusiasts gathered at the Hyattsville Library last week for the Bike Maryland Bicycle Friendly Community and Business Workshop. With a large turnout, Bike Maryland was pleased to bring together a diverse group of people from Hyattsville and surrounding communities to discuss ways to improve bicycling safety and infrastructure. Over half of attendees said they commute regularly by bicycle and the other half said they ride for recreation and fitness. The workshop featured presentations from Bike Maryland staff and local leaders. The attendees want increased number of bike lanes, signage, family friendly bicycling events, and bicyclist, motorist, and police education on safe bicycling. Ideas kept flowing and a number of people continued their discussion in the parking lot well after the library closed. When asked in a post-work shop poll if respondents were interested in becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community, all respondents said they would like to see Hyattsville receive this award!
Bike Maryland is pleased to announce the formation of a Prince George County bicycle advocacy group. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are grateful to Potomac Pedalers Touring Club, Race Pace Bicycles, and the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area for their sponsorship of this workshop.
Bike Maryland seeks an Administrative Assistant to provides support to the Executive Director and staff. The job will be 30 hours a week and is located in Baltimore City. Applicants, please send cover letter, resume and three references to Carol Silldorff. http://bikemd.org/
License Plates: Have you ordered your customized Bike Maryland MVA organizational license plate yet?? The Bike Maryland automobile license plate was designed to promote Maryland's three foot law and raise awareness for bicyclists on the road.
Allegany County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan – The focus of Allegany County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is connecting communities. The connections between the trails and towns will offer more than recreational activities, but also provide for transportation and bring economic benefits. Among the projects described in the plan is connecting the town of Mount Savage to Frostburg and the Great Allegheny Passage, while creating a small loop trail that supports the Great Allegheny Passage. The new connection would primarily make use of an abandoned rail bed to connect the two towns. Another project would rehabilitate the tunnel under Frostburg’s Main Street to restore a connection between the GAP and Frostburg, according to the plan. The proposed trail heads south from the tunnel to become the Georges Creek Rail Trail ending in Westernport. The trail will provide a “backbone” to link all the parks in Frostburg, according to the plan. Another project would connect Dan’s Mountain State Park to the Dan’s Rock Overlook Park by a hiking and biking trail. http://www.gov.allconet.org/ACT/121128_MasterPlan_Booket.pdf
Mail: Attn: Siera Wigfield
1000 Lafayette Ave
Cumberland, MD 21502
Anacostia Trail – The D.C. Department of Transportation received a $10 million TIGER Grant, combined with $3.5 million from the District and $1.5 million from Maryland, to complete four missing miles of bicycle and pedestrian paths on the Kenilworth Gardens Trail, connecting hundreds of miles of existing trail networks in Maryland and DC. This path will create new options for bicycle commuters and bring economic and health benefits to communities along the trail. The overall project includes the construction of five bridges, raised pathways, and multi-use paths. It will connect 16 waterfront neighborhoods to the Anacostia River, as well as the Southwest Waterfront, the Nationals baseball stadium, the Navy Yard, RFK Stadium, the National Arboretum, and other popular destinations
Annapolis Bicycle Master Plan – Over the past few months many of you have been involved in the development and preparation of the City of Annapolis Bicycle Master Plan, which will guide the City over the next 5-10 years in developing a comprehensive program for cycling. This program includes facilities, policies as well as education tools for both cyclists and drivers.
You can view the plan at:
Anne Arundel County Bike Studies – Anne Arundel County is undertaking bike studies along MD 170 (Odenton) and MD 648 (Severna Park - Pasadena).
For more info: Anne Arundel County Trails Information, Jonas Green Park Visitor Center, 1990 Ritchie Highway, Annapolis, MD, 21409. Office (410) 222-6141. http://www.aacounty.org/RecParks/parks/trails/
Baltimore City Bike Trails – Baltimore City Trail Map
Baltimore City Bicycle Plan – To access Baltimore City trail info go to:
Baltimore City Bike Plan
The Department of Transportation is updating the 2006 Bicycle Master Plan. The plan update will establish infrastructure and programming goals for the next 15 years.
Be part of the Bicycle Master Plan update!
Take the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bikeplanupdate
Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Bicycle Advisory Group – BPAG is working on its Action Plan. http://www.baltometro.org/commuter-options/bikeped-beacon-electronic-newsletter
In Brunswick, Md., Trail Business is Booming – Rails to Trails Conservancy
Carroll County Trails Plan – Carroll County is undertaking the Freedom Trail Master Plan. The Freedom Trail will eventually connect to Patapsco Valley State Park. http://carrollcountytourism.org/index.php/biking-trails/
Cecil County Bicycle Master Plan – During the past few months WILMAPCO met with Towns and the County to present the final document and recommendations. The 2012 Cecil County Bicycle Plan was adopted by the Cecil County Board of Commissioners, Towns, and the WILMAPCO Council. Binding the final document is delayed, awaiting an extra item in the appendices. You can download it from here: www.wilmapco.org/bikececil. Please note, this current online version has a placeholder in the appendices, and will be updated as soon as possible.
Tamika K. Graham
Wilmington Area Planning Council
Phone: 302-737-6205, Ext. 1-16
Citizen Soldiers Trail (CST) – Mr. Robert Reyes, the CST trail champion, has been meeting with various federal, state and county officials about the trail that runs from North Point State Park through Baltimore County land, making it a local government project supported by DNR. For a trail map, please go to: http://www.nps.gov/waro/planyourvisit/directions.htm
Contact: Robert Reyes email@example.com
C&O Canal Trust – The C&O Canal Trust hosts a wide range of trail activities. For more information http://www.canaltrust.org/trust/
County Annual Program LPRP's – The 5-year recreational master plans for all Maryland counties and Baltimore City were due by July 1st. DNR has received most of the plans and is reviewing and providing comments. The public is welcome to contact the counties to review the plans and provide comments.
Garrett Trails – http://www.garretttrails.org/
- a. Casselman River Trail/Grantsville: Bikeways grant awarded: $92,300.
- b. Efforts are underway to properly mark the trails in the Fork Run Recreation Area. An up-to-date large display map is planned for production and installation at Fork Run and at the ASCI Whitewater site.
- c. Green Jobs Trail Crew final report: The upper loop of the Fork Run Recreational Area trail was completed this summer. Because of the rainy weather this season, the crew was unable to work a number of days and there was roughly $21,000 left in salaries which was reallocated to equipment/tool/supply purchases. Garrett Trails was able to purchase a number of chain saws, weed whackers, picks, helmets, safety goggles, trail markers, crew t-shirts, trailer for the Ditch Witch, and signage on the trailer with the reallocated funds. Brian Glotfelty, HMS, has offered to install shelving and storage assembly within the equipment trailer so that tools/equipment can be safely and efficiently stored. Steve Green plans to bike the entire Fork Run Trail System to collect accurate GPS data for mapping the trails.
- d. Garrett Gives Campaign: Making strides in promoting Garrett Trails, including selling bandanas, participating in photo events, creating folded bandanas to feature on a Christmas tree for the Festival of Trees, and participating in the bandana dances with Brenda’s Body Shop. Each person on the Garrett Trails’ board is asked to take 20 bandanas to sell/distribute at a $7 minimum per bandana. The Garrett Give Campaign is working with local businesses to see if it’s possible to give a 10% discount in their shops/businesses to people who purchase a bandana from all 8 charities/organizations involved in the campaign.
- e. Margraff Plantation Trails Ready for Hiking and Biking - (Accident, Maryland) To access the Margraff Plantation trails, take Hwy 219 to Accident. Turn onto Accident-Bittinger Road and travel past the Elementary School approximately 1/2 mile to Fratz Road on your left (the sign is small, so look closely). Follow Fratz Road roughly two miles until you see the sign "Entering Savage River State Forest". Take the first left after the sign and park in the small lot next to the field. The trailhead starts from the parking area.
- f. Mapping and Awareness - Don Briggs, National Park Service (NPS), is offering to help pay for the production and printing of new trail maps that include the Eastern Continental Divide Loop trail vision, following the NPS cartography guidelines, and include the Potomac National Heritage Trail logo.
- g. Meadow Mountain NRT 1150 Status - JMT estimates Phase 1 MMT will cost $287,496 and take 3 – 4 months to complete by the end of the summer of 2014.
- h. Update on Army Corps of Engineers - Maps of the alignment distributed to board, alignment and map paid for courtesy of the National Park Service and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. http://www.nps.gov/pohe/index.htm
- i. Fort Alice/88 Bridge Trail - The contract to construct the trail was awarded to Frank Arnold (who also built the Liberty Park Trail). Kerry Schultz is the surveyor/engineer on the project. http://oaklandmd.com/uploads/3/1/4/0/3140382/flyer3.pdf.
- j. Heritage Grant - Dawn Hein, Director, Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, announced that she recently received notice that Garrett Trails was awarded $12,500 from the Heritage Area with a $12,500 match from the Garrett County Chamber to create a Countywide Trailhead at the Visitor Center.
For more info: Theresa MacLennan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Harry Nice Bridge - The 70 year old Governor Harry Nice Bridge spans the Potomac to connect Charles County MD with King George County VA via US 301. The 5 year planning phase of the Harry Nice Bridge rebuilding was just completed when the Federal Highway Administration approved the Alternate 7 proposal which includes a two way bicycle/pedestrian path.
Harford County Trails Master Plan – Harford County is in the process of completing a County Bicycle Plan.
Howard County Trails – The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks offer an extensive system (183 miles) of natural surface trails and paved pathways with the park and open space lands located in the County. Opportunities exist for hiking, biking, horseback riding, trail running and bird watching. Here is the link: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/HowardCountyParks.htm
Howard County Bicycle Master Plan – Howard County is developing its first Bicycle Transportation Master Plan. The Department of Planning and Zoning (DPZ) is the lead agency administering the planning process. To ensure a comprehensive look at bicycling, DPZ has secured the involvement of a number of other county agencies including the Office of the County Executive, the County Council and Department of Public Works. Visit the Technical Advisory Group page for a list of agencies and representatives involved.
The master plan will address bicycling for both transportation and recreation; and will look at on-road and off-road bicycling facilities. A variety of methods will be used to gather public input, including a series of public workshops, in the Fall of 2012, an online survey, and availability of an interactive online map. The master planning process is expected to last a year from June 2012 – June 2013. http://bikehoward.com/
Montgomery County Trails Master Plan – M-NCPPC, Montgomery County Department of Parks is updating the Countywide Park Trails Plan. This plan serves as the guide for park trails of countywide significance, both hard and natural surface. Since last fall, they have been meeting monthly with a “Trails Working Group” (TWG), which consists of representatives from the major trail user groups, to discuss various plan objectives and policy issues. The TWG is helping to advise and guide our planning process for the amendment.
Contact: Farquhar, Brooke Brooke.Farquhar@montgomeryparks.org
National Park Service Chesapeake Bay News –
Parkers Creek Trails – The American Chestnut Land Trust has developed a wonderful trail network around the north and south side of the Parker Creek Watershed in Calvert County. The Parkers Creek watershed has been identified as a major green infrastructure hub by DNR, which currently owns 1,780 acres in the watershed and is actively working to acquire additional lands to be managed by ACLT. Contact: Karen Edgecombe: email@example.com
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club – All meetings are at 7 pm at the Greenbrier State Park Visitors Center and are open to the public. Meeting dates can be obtained through ATC's website at: http://www.patc.net/PublicView/
Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) – This agency of the National Park Service established the following priority projects around the Chesapeake Bay in 2013:
- Gunpowder Valley Strategic Conservation Plan
- Urban Ecosystem Restoration – DC Metro Area
- Bear Creek Land and Water Trail
- Open Space Conservation Plan for Baltimore County Growth Area
- Walkable Bikeable Berlin
Star-Spangled Banner Trail – The comprehensive management plan and environmental assessment for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is now complete. The plan will guide development and management of the trail. http://www.nps.gov/stsp/index.htm
Advisory Council Appointed for Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail – The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office announces the appointment of 23 members to the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Advisory Council. Members of the Council, appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, will consult with the Secretary and the National Park Service on matters related to the trail, including trail development, public access, recreation opportunities, and educational programs along the trail route.
Bill Pencek will serve as chair of the Advisory Council. Mr. Pencek is Deputy Assistant Secretary, Division of Tourism, Film, & the Arts, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, and also serves as Executive Director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
Council members will serve two-year terms. The state of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia are represented on the council as are non-governmental organizations.
"Advisory Council members will focus on the legacy of the trail as the bicentennial period draws to a close in early 2015," said Mr. Pencek. "With expertise in heritage tourism, community development, and conservation, members of the council will help implement a trail that teaches, engages, and benefits communities for the long-term."
Per Chuck Hunt, Superintendent of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Trails program, "We appreciate the willingness of these talented individuals to assist with trail development and management in a way that helps Americans forge enduring connections with this important chapter in our nation's history."
Members of the Advisory Council are as follows:
- Joyce Baki is the Tourism Specialist for the Department of Economic Development in Calvert County Maryland. Ms. Baki has over 15 years of tourism experience having previously worked for the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Ms. Baki is a member of the Southern Maryland Heritage Consortium, the War of 1812 Regional Advisory Committee and the Chair-elect of the Maryland Destination Marketing Organization. Ms. Baki received the Maryland Tourism Person of the Year award at the Governor's Conference on Tourism in 2006.
- Carol Benson is the Executive Director of Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County. Ms. Benson has over 10 years experience in heritage tourism, marketing and stewardship education. She has also worked for the Maryland Humanities Council. Ms. Benson holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Fine Arts from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College.
- Jeffrey P. Buchheit is the Director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area. He has served as the Assistant Director and the Coordinator for the Museum Assessment Program while employed by the American Association of Museums. Mr. Buchheit is the former Director of the Historical Electronics Museum. Mr. Buchheit received a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University.
- Joseph (Jay) Doyle is Community Development Project Manager for the Baltimore County Department of Planning. In his current position, Mr. Doyle initiates and supports capital projects that emanate from agency-endorsed plans or emerge as community development priorities. Mr. Doyle has previously served on the Byway Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Star-Spangled Banner NHT Advisory Council. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Towson State University.
- James R. Foster is president of the Anacostia Watershed Society where he leads the organization's goals of reducing stormwater volumes to the river, and working to make the river fishable and swimmable. Mr. Foster has over 30 years of hands-on technical expertise dealing with aspects of environmental management and consulting including: water quality management, environmental management of properties, site inspections and assessments, remediation, training, permitting, and compliance audits. Mr. Foster is focused on resolving water quality issues at the source, reducing trash, and controlling runoff of rainwater from developed sites through advocacy, education, and stewardship activities.
- Elizabeth Hughes is Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Deputy Director of the Maryland Historical Trust. In this capacity, she oversees development of program policy and legislation and oversight of all Trust programs, including the work of the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. Ms. Hughes has served on the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers Board since 2004. She earned a Master's Degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies from Georgetown University.
- Lisa Hull is Tourism Coordinator for the Northern Neck Planning District Commission whose mission is to assist with the planning and economic development for four counties in Virginia's Northern Neck region. Ms. Hull holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University.
- Kathleen Kilpatrick has served as Director of the Department of Historic Resources and State Historic Preservation Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia since February of 2001. Ms. Kilpatrick serves as a Trustee of Virginia's two national heritage areas, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation and the Journey through Hallowed Ground. She is also an advisor to the Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
- J. Lance Mallamo is the Director of the Office of Historic Alexandria (VA). Mr. Mallamo is responsible for full administration of heritage services provided by the City of Alexandria, VA, including the Archives and Records Center, operation of seven city-owned museums and the public history and archaeology programs. He is the past co-chair of the Long Island North Shore Heritage Area (LINSHA) Planning Commission and past chairperson of the LINSHA Management Plan Committee.
- Aaron Marcavitch is Executive Director of Anacostia Trails Heritage Area. Mr. Marcavitch has over 10 years of experience in creating and maintaining community-based partnerships. He is vice-chairman of Prince George's County Committee on the War of 1812. Mr. Marcavitch holds a Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University and a Master of Arts in History from Middle Tennessee State University .
- Kim Nielsen was appointed Strategist for the Museums and Collections Division of the Naval History and Heritage Command in November 2009. In this position he is responsible for strategic planning for twelve national museums in the Navy Museum System, system coordinator for Navy-wide programs, including commemorations and social media, coordination for Navy Museum System realignment and division directives review. Under Mr. Nielsen's management the Navy's official service museum saw outstanding growth in exhibits, community outreach and programs, and attendance as the only military museum in the Nation's Capital. Mr. Nielsen has dedicated over 30 years to a career as a museum professional, cultural historian, and preservationist.
- R. Anthony Nolan serves as Interpretation and Conservation Division Chief, Natural and Historical Resources Division for the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission. Mr. Nolan oversees the management of the Natural and Historical Resources Division with direct oversight of program and facility operations. Mr. Nolan has 17 years of experience providing leadership in park operations management, historic and natural resource management, and programs.
- Christopher Peace represents the Virginia House of Delegates' 97th District, which spans parts of Hanover, King William, and all of New Kent County. He is in his fourth term. Mr. Peace received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hampden-Sydney College and earned his law degree from the University of Richmond. Mr. Peace is the chairman of the Advisory Council for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
- William J. Pencek, Jr. is Executive Director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Mr. Pencek is the former Director of Cultural and Heritage Tourism for Maryland and serves on several advisory boards including: Friends of Fort McHenry, Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Association, and Baltimore Heritage, Inc. Mr. Pencek holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
- Brigitte Peters is the Tourism and Marketing Manager for the Office of Tourism and Marketing in Havre de Grace, MD. Ms. Peters is a member of the Harford County Tourism Advisory Board, the Maryland Tourism Council and the Maryland Municipal League. She also serves on the board of directors for the Harford County Cable Network.
- Roslyn Racanello is Executive Director of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium, a nonprofit organization promoting heritage tourism through advocacy, partnerships, fundraising and membership. Ms. Racanello has extensive marketing experience and has won the Governor's Award for Cultural Heritage Tourism from Maryland's Office of Tourism Development. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY College at Buffalo.
- Alex Romero is the Superintendent of National Capital Parks-East and has over 20 years of federal service with management and oversight responsibilities. Under his current purview, he manages several locations that fall along the Star-Spangled Banner NHT. He holds a Bachelor of Science from SUNY at Old Westbury.
- Sonal Sanghavi is Director of the Office of Environmental Design for the Maryland State Highway Administration. She directs various programs encompassing environmental compliance, mitigation and stewardship. This includes wetlands and waterways permitting, landscape design, scenic byways and recreational trails programs. Ms. Sanghavi has over 15 years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering.
- Kristin Saunders is Assistant Secretary for Land Resources for the State of Maryland. Ms. Saunders has over 20 years of experience in state government holding various management and leadership positions. She manages over 500,000 acres of public recreation and conservation land holdings including Parks, Forests and Wildlife Management areas. Ms. Saunders holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore.
- Christopher Shaheen is Public Space Program Manager for the District of Columbia Office of Planning. Mr. Shaheen has over 20 years experience in planning and historic preservation. He holds a Master of American Studies with a concentration in Historic Preservation from George Washington University.
Francis Taylor is the chair of the Baltimore County War of 1812 Advisory Committee. He also serves as the chair of the North Point Heritage Greenway, as North Point Peninsula Council Vice President and is a member of the Baltimore County Historical Society. He is retired from the United States Postal Service.
- Cathy Thompson is the Community Planning Program Manager for the Department of Planning and Growth Management in Charles County, Maryland. She has also worked as a historic preservation planner. Ms. Thompson holds a Master of Arts from Western Kentucky University.
- Kirsti Uunila is Historic Preservation Planner for Calvert County, Maryland. Ms. Uunila has over 20 years of experience in archeology, anthropology, heritage tourism and preservation planning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona and a Master of Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland at College Park.
- For more information about the trail, visit www.nps.gov/stsp
Susquehanna News Report – The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership has recently released its 2012 Progress Report. The report summarizes the work of SGP and its partners in creating places where people are connected to the natural and cultural resources of the Susquehanna and can live active, healthy lives. http://www.hitourtrails.com/
Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail - http://www.nps.gov/waro/parknews/upload/August-2013-Newsletter-2.pdf
WB&A Trail – The 2012 Bikeways Maryland Grant to Anne Arundel County will authorize SHA to design the bridge over the Patuxent River. PG County is working with DNR to extend the trail on the P.G. County side of the river to Bowie State University and the MARC station. PG County and DNR are also working on a spur trail between the WB&A and Bowie State University via the Uhler Farm NRMA. SHA is hoping to perform an alternatives analysis to determine the appropriate location for the bridge and recommend that the county conduct public outreach for the project.
9/11 National Memorial Trail – The 1,140-mile 9/11 National Memorial Trail will connect New York City’s National September 11 Memorial, the Pentagon Memorial in Virginia near Washington, DC, and the Flight 93 National Memorial to commemorate the worst terrorist attack in America, and to honor those heroes who gave their all that fateful day. The Pentagon Memorial-to-Flight 93 link will use the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage to Rockwood, but an on-road link is needed at least temporarily from Rockwood to Flight 93.
Contact: David G. Brickley
President and CEO
September 11th National
Memorial Trail Alliance
4310 Ridgewood Center Drive
Woodbridge, Virginia 22192
For more DNR information, please contact:
Land Trails Planner
Land Acquisition & Planning
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, E-4
Annapolis, MD 21401