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.
$16 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR KEY BICYCLE, PEDESTRIAN & TRAIL PROJECTS – MDOT to Hold Public Workshops to Discuss Funding Sources and Project Requirements – As part of the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s vision of building a true multi-modal transportation system, staff from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and State Highway Administration (SHA) will hold regional workshops to detail four programs that provide funding for bicycling, pedestrian and recreational trail projects throughout Maryland: Bikeways, Safe Routes to School, Transportation Alternatives, Federal Lands Access Program and Recreational Trails.
In 2014, $16 million in reimbursable grant funding will be available for projects that enhance walking, biking, pedestrian safety and recreational trail and federal lands access. MDOT and SHA officials will discuss available funding sources, project eligibility / requirements and funding cycles.
The free workshops are geared toward local governments and non-profit organizations and will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. as follows
- February 13th at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Headquarters, Auditorium, 6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD. Event hosted by Prince George’s County and the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area. To RSVP, go to: http://bit.ly/1iGWS7o;
- February 20th at the Harford County Council Chamber, 212 South Bond Street, 1st Floor, Bel Air, MD. Event hosted by Harford County and the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Heritage Area. To RSVP, go to: http://bit.ly/1cpNp0D;
- February 27th at the Queen Anne’s County Department of Planning and Zoning, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville, MD. Event hosted by Queen Anne’s County and the Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area. To RSVP, go to:http://bit.ly/Lk9wuO; and
- March 5th at the Browning Building, located in Pinecliff Park, 8350 Pinecliff Park Road, Frederick, MD. Event hosted by Frederick County and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. To RSVP, go to: http://bit.ly/1f7RUfR.
For more information on the Bikeways, Safe Routes to School, Transportation Alternatives, Federal Lands Access and Recreational Trails programs, please visit the following sites:
Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update – The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is pleased to announce the release of the Twenty-Year Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The final Plan can be accessed via: www.mdot.maryland.gov/bikewalkplan.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan supports the Maryland Transportation Plan, or "MTP", and other key statewide planning efforts. This Plan updates the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan adopted in 2002 and, going forward, will be updated every five years.
MDOT thanks all participants for their contributions to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. We look forward to continuing to work together with all partners to improve walking and biking in Maryland, using this Plan as a foundation.
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.
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.
For more information about the Bikeways Program: http://1.usa.gov/1d63gwP
Announcing Comment Period for the new Chesapeake Bay Agreement - The public comment period will run through March 17, 201
As you know, over the past year we along with the rest of the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership have been developing a new Agreement in order to guide the continued evolution of the Bay watershed restoration effort. This new plan for collaboration will clarify our vision, mission and values and establish shared goals and outcomes for the protection, restoration and stewardship of the Bay, its tributaries and the lands that surround them.
Your collective insight as leaders and experts from a vast range of agencies and organizations has been used by the Bay Program’s Stewardship Goal Team to draft these new goals. The education goal in the Agreement is a result of many years of our successful collaboration and reflect the components of our shared agenda as outlined in The Mid Atlantic Elementary and Secondary Environmental Literacy Strategy. The new language expands the vision of the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) to better represent where we are as a community working towards environmental literacy in our states. It maintains a focus on student MWEEs while defining new outcomes that recognize the essential role that educators, schools, and local education agencies play in graduating students who have the ability to make informed decisions about the environment.
The new Agreement is intended to help stimulate a renewed and expanded commitment to establish strong, targeted environmental education programs that enable students in the region to graduate with the knowledge to use scientific evidence and citizenship skills to act responsibly to protect and restore their local watershed. Having the education goal a part of this Agreement is of particular significance as it is one of only seven high profile goals included in the Agreement. We are so proud of this achievement!
Our work is critical in shaping the implementation framework and ultimately meeting the Bay Program Partnership’s stewardship and education goals. The Chesapeake Bay Program office released the final draft of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement for public comment on January 29th. The public comment period will run through March 17, 2014. The document can be found at www.chesapeakebay.net/watershedagreement. We welcome your feedback and support through the official comment process in order to ensure that this language correctly captures our collective sentiment and remains in the final Agreement.
Thank you for your continued support,
Stewardship Goal Implementation Team Chair
Assistant Secretary for Land Resources, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Co-Chair Education Workgroup
Environmental Literacy & Partnerships Manager, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
Co-Chair Education Workgroup
Program Director for Capacity Building, Community Engagement, & Environmental Education, Chesapeake Bay Trust
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.
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
For more information about the Recreational Trails Program: http://1.usa.gov/Ma8fXe
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 about the Transportation Alternatives Program: http://1.usa.gov/1fkaTo9
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/
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.
MDP, Partner Organizations Win Prestigious National Planning Award - Honor Recognizes Business Certification Program Tied to Western Maryland Trail - The Maryland Department of Planning, which was instrumental in creating a certification program that draws users of a popular western Maryland hiker-biker trail to patronize businesses in western Maryland towns, will receive a national planning achievement award from the American Planning Association (APA), the agency learned this week.
The Trail Town Program® and Certified Trail Friendly program are cooperative efforts by MDP, the Allegheny Trail Alliance and The Progress Fund to revitalize a 150-mile corridor of trailside communities along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). The three organizations shared a national achievement award for innovation in economic planning and development for the submission "Trail Towns: Boosting Appalachian Communities Through Tourism."
"By taking strategic action, we're building on trailside community assets and strengthening links between retail establishments and hikers and cyclists on the GAP Trail," said Governor Martin O'Malley. "These award-winning initiatives reflect the bold vision of planners and local and regional partners, adding value to a popular recreation route and creating economic spin-off benefits in Appalachian communities."
APA's National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards honor planning efforts that create communities of lasting value. The economic planning and development award went to projects that demonstrated innovation and vision, achieved momentum and public support, integrated planning efforts and made a difference in people's lives over the long term.
2014 award recipients will be honored at APA's National Planning Conference in Atlanta in April.
The Certified Trail Friendly program builds on the economic benefits of recreational tourism by strengthening links between trail users and local businesses. The program encourages trail users to visit participating businesses - restaurants, bike shops, hotels and more - along the GAP trail in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The result: increased profitability for participating business and an improved experience for trail users, who number in the hundreds of thousands each year.
According to a 2008 study by the Allegheny Trail Alliance, business owners indicated that one-quarter of their gross revenue was directly attributed to trail users because of their proximity to the trail. More than one-quarter of surveyed businesses mentioned that they have or plan to expand their operations or hire additional staff because of the impact of the trail.
The business certification program provides a model of how a good idea, aided by collaboration and good planning, can revitalize downtowns in cities such as Cumberland and Frostburg.
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 presents the free Annual Bicycle Symposium - open to the public! This is your chance to learn from bicycle leaders, transportation planners, community leaders and legislative officials. Topics listed below.
To exhibit or for sponsorship inquiries, please contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to RSVP so we can reserve free breakfast and lunch for you HERE. Space may be limited.
Agenda (To be updated regularly with time and speakers)
8 AM - 8:30 AM: Breakfast and networking
8:30 AM: Beginning of Symposium presentations
- "How to Develop a Local Bicycling Advocacy Organization" by Katie Lupo, Bike Friendly Coordinator at Bike Maryland
- "Key Components of a Successful Advocacy Group" by Jack Guarneri, President of Howard County Bicycle Advocates
- "How We Leverage our Collective Strength" by Jon Korin, President of Bicycle Advocates for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
- "Symposium Welcoming Remarks", by Carol Silldorff, Executive Director of Bike Maryland
- "Keynote Presentation" by Frederick's Honorable Mayor McClement
- "State Pro-bicycle Legislative Agenda" by Michael Sonnenfeld, Bike Maryland Treasurer and Kathleen Hoke, Director of Legal Resource for Public Health Policy at the University of Maryland Law School
- "Bike-share: Implementation, Successes and Challenges" by three presenters
- "State Bicycle Master Plan" by Kate Sylvester, Planner at Maryland Department of Transportation
12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and networking session in Symposium Hall
- "Complete Streets", presentation and panel discussion by three different presenters and moderator Jennifer Toole, President of Toole Design Group
- "Safe Routes To School" by James Elliott of Viriginia's Department of Transportation and Jessica Silwick, Transportation Alternatives Manager at State Highway Administration
2:30 PM: End of Symposium
Bike Maryland’s Legislative Agenda
Bill Entitled: Vehicle Laws - Overtaking and Passing Bicycles, an EPAMD, or a Motor Scooter – House Bill 241 strengthens the existing 3 foot passing law by requiring drivers to allow 3 feet to pass a bicyclist on every road and authorizing a driver of a vehicle to drive across the left–side of a roadway in a no–passing zone, if it is safe to do so, to give a bicyclist a minimum of 3 feet of passing distance. We thank Delegate Lafferty for sponsoring this important legislation. Please contact Delegate Lafferty and thank him for supporting pro-bicycle legislation.
Bicycle Duty Bill - House Bill 52 –Sponsored by Delegate Carr and promoted by the Washington Area Bicycle Assoication and Bike Maryland. This bill clarifies that the duties of motorists are those defined by law, and protects those cyclists riding lawfully from the imposition of additional, hypothetical duties.
Increasing Passing Requirement from 3 Feet to 4 Feet - House Bill 92 – Increasing the 3 feet passing distance to 4 feet of passing distance. Delegate Cardin sponsoring House Bill 92.View 4 foot bill here.
Additional Legislation and Policy:
- During the week of January 13, 2014, Bike Maryland, along with WABA and Bike AAA met with the State's Attorneys to discuss the Manslaughter - Criminal Negligence Law that Bike Maryland, dozens of advocates, AAA-Mid Atlantic and more organizations worked so diligently to pass in 2011. Bike Maryland will oppose legislation that deconstructs the current law and support legislation that further closes any loophole in the law to safeguards bikers, pedestrians, vulnerable users and all who use roads and waterways.
- Bike Maryland worked with Delegate Cardin, Chair of the Bicycle Caucus to host a Maryland Bicycle Caucus meeting on January 15, 2014. All legislators present voted unanimously in favor of the above legislation. We thank Delegate Cardin, the legislators and advocates present for supporting the pro-bicycle legislative agenda.
- Potential bond bill or other funding for bikeshare operations in Baltimore. Bike Maryland obtained information from Delegate McIntosh's office to review opportunities to fund operations of bike share in Baltimore City.
- The Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is now complete and publicly available. The Plan can be accessed here. The 2035 Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP), 2014-2019 Consolidated Transportation Program, and 2014 Annual Attainment Report are also now available here.
- Potential Utility Easement Access bill: existing utility easements can be used to provide off-road trails that can be used by pedestrians and cyclists for recreation and commuting. Senator Frosh supporting.
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.
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 is hosting a Trails summit on Feb 22 in Baltimore.
Outdoor Recreation Programmer
Department of Recreation and Parks
City of Baltimore
Baltimore City Bicycle 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.To access Baltimore City trail info go to:
Baltimore City Bike Plan
Be part of the Bicycle Master Plan update!
Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Bicycle Advisory Group – BPAG is working on its Action Plan. http://www.baltometro.org/multi-modal-planning/bicycle-and-pedestrian-advisory-group
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.
East Coast Greenway – The ECG is sponsoring a petition to ask the General Assembly to pass a resolution on this subject, so MDOT may be asked to comment.
You can find the petition at the following website:
Garrett Trails – http://www.garretttrails.org/
- Taste of Garrett & Race UP the Face – June 29, 2014, 1- 4 PM. TOG. Advertisement/details submitted to Chamber on January 7, 2014. TOG committee met on 1.14.14 and is working on a redesign of the Save-the-Date rack cards. Queen City Striders is promoting RUF and is providing the insurance rider.
- Casselman River Trail/Grantsville: Bikeways grant awarded: $92,300. Casselman River Trail/Grantsville: RFP for engineering services submitted to Bikeways for final approval on January 2, 2014.
- Fork Run Recreation Area: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trail Maintenance – Savage River State Forest Manager, Wade Dorsey, requested that Garrett Trails assist with trail re-establishment and re-opening at Margraff Plantation in late April/early May. A number of the current bike trails within Margraff have been closed due to recent forestry thinning and regeneration.
- 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.
The Next mapping meeting date to be set by committee chair, Mike Logsdon, sometime in early February. Dr. Fritz Kessler, Chair of the FSU Geography Department, has offered to have a student from the FSU geography program design and create the individual trail maps that Garrett Trails would use in our spiral bound booklet (similar to the Vail Hiker) which will be a compendium of hikes in Garrett County including the envisioned ECDLT with descriptions of local history, flora, fauna, and hiking tips for the area. Dr. Kessler has offered to help with the large maps for the Visitor Center Countywide Trailhead, which ideally needs to be completed prior to the Deep Creek 2014 World Slalom Canoe Championships.
Mike Logsdon presented information from International Mapping about an iPhone app that provides several layers of detailed maps, easy to use navigational tools, and the ability to pin and record photos and comments on trails and hikes. International Mapping contacted Garrett Trails to see if purchasing such an app of the ECDLT is of interested to us. Once the trail is constructed, we will certainly look into some type of app for users.
- 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. Meadow Mountain NRT 1150 status: JMT submitted the final design for Phase I of MMT to County Permitting on January 3 for approval. Once the County provides its stamp of approval the construction design documents go to SHA for approval. Garrett Trails is awaiting the final SHA approved specifications and drawings before submitting the documents to the University of Maryland. The SHA approved package will be the one used for bidding purposes.
Dwight Emory and his team started working on the design and permitting for MMT Phase 2 in early January. At this point, Garrett Trails is working with DNR to confirm whether trail engineering should be for a 10’ to 12’ wide trail/road or an 8’ base with 5’ finished surface. Theresa will contact John Wilson and Steve Carr for guidance on this matter and to see if there are funds available within DNR to construct the wider version of the trail. Another matter to be determined is the type of stone/cross sections to be used on the trail, keeping in mind that some sections of the trail already have a solid stone base. Beitzel engineers suggested using a 6” minus stone base with No. 10 stone as the surface stone as long as both stone types meet the State specifications. If the County receives approval from SHA for Phase 1 before Phase 2 is submitted for review, then the project will be bid separately just to keep the momentum going.
- 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
- 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://www.oaklandmd.com/
- 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. http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/planningzoning/index.cfm?ID=904
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 – Chesapeake Bay Newsletter
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
Rockville Bike Master Plan – Rockville has recently completed a draft a draft map of the planned recommendations. Contact: Rebecca Torma RTorma@rockvillemd.gov
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.
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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 - Click here for the most recent newsletter.
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. http://www.911memorialtrail.org/
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