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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.

August 2015 October 2015

STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN RECREATIONAL TRAILS GRANTS TO FUND 54 PROJECTS ACROSS THE STATE

Grants Will Support Enhanced Recreational Opportunities


BALTIMORE, MD (November 20, 2014)– Improving Maryland’s recreational trail networks and supporting healthy lifestyles, the State Highway Administration (SHA) today announced $1.4 million in grants to fund 54 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) projects across the State. The 2015 grant recipients include six counties, five municipalities and 13 non-profit organizations. Work includes constructing new trails, maintaining existing trails, purchasing equipment and signage.

The RTP provides grants ranging from $1,200 to $40,000 on a reimbursement basis with funds for numerous transportation trail and recreational trail uses, including: bicycling; pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use); in-line skating; equestrian use; cross-country skiing; off-road motorcycling; all-terrain vehicle riding; and four-wheel driving.


FUNDED PROJECTS

Cecil County Government

Great Allegheny Passage Safety and Maintenance Equipment Project

$30,000.00

Cecil County Government

Calvert Regional Park

$40,000.00

City of Cumberland

Downtown Cumberland Pedestrian/Bicycle Wayfinding Signage

$24,000.00

Cylburn Arboretum

Trail Improvements at Cylburn Arboretum

$16,050.00

Delaware Trail Spinners, Inc..

Trail Marking System for Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area's Little Egypt Section

$30,000.00

Mayor & Council of Federalsburg

Marshyhope Creek Greenway Trail Repair Project (PRIORITY 1)

$7,450.00

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Trailside Classroom Project

$29,704.00

Garrett County Community Action Agency

2015 Garrett County Seasonal Trail Crew

$32,832.50

Maryland State Highway Administration

Administration

$81,000.00

Historic Sotterley, Inc.

Nature Trail Maintenance at Sotterley Plantation (PRIORITY 1)

$30,000.00

London Town Foundation

Londontown Woodland Gardens Trail Restoration

$21,665.00

Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission

Folly Branch Connector Trail (PRIORITY 1)

$40,000.00

Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiast, Inc. MORE

Patuxent River State Park Trail Project (PRIORITY 1)

$40,000.00

Montgomery Parks Foundation

2015 Montgomery Parks/SCA Trails Project

$30,000.00

Mountain Maryland Trails

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) Trailhead Signage (Branding) (PRIORITY 1 )

$20,000.00

National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation

Great Trails: A guide to Providing Quality OHV Trails and Experiences

$8,000.00

Park & People foundation

Gwynn's Falls Trail Wayfinding Improvements and Youth & Family Programming

$9,500.00

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center (PWEC)

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Oyster House Project

$38,890.00

Queen Anne's County Parks and Public Landings

Cross Island Trail

$30,000.00

City of Rockville

Rockville Millennium Trail Enhancements

$30,000.00

City of Salisbury

Rowing and Kayak Waterway Access Project

$40,000.00

Student Conservation Association

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks / Student Conservation Association Partnership

$30,000.00

Town of Sykesville

Linear Trail Bridge Repair, Slope Stabilization and Trail Resurfacing Project

$20,000.00

Talbot County Government

Tilghman Island Water Trail - Sherwood Water Access Facility Upgrade

$35,000.00

Trail Conservancy

Emmitsburg Trail Project (PRIORITY 1 )

$40,000.00

DNR Land Trails Division

Land Trails Coordinator

$15,000.00

DNR Savage River State Forest

St. John's Rock / Red Dog Road ORV Trail Monitoring & Maintenance

$25,000.00

DNR Wildlife and Heritage Area

Trail Maintenance Equipment for Millington WMA

$25,000.00

DNR Park service

Palmer State Park Trail System Development - Phase I

$40,000.00

DNR Potomac Garrett State Forest

Snaggy Mountain ORV Trail Resurfacing and Erosion Control

$30,000.00

DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service

Myrtle Grove WMA Entrance Road Improvement

$18,710.00

DNR Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area

Restoration of Multi-Use Double Track Trail at Bow Hunt "c" to Middle Bridge

$29,997.00

DNR Forest Service

Little Blackwater Soft Launch

$30,000.00

DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service

Western Region Trail Project Gates

$7,000.00

DNR Cunningham Falls state Park

Cunningham Falls Manor Area Sensory Trail

$2,500.00

DNR Forest Service

Southern Region State Forest Trail Maintenance Specialist

$27,800.00

DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service

Gwynbrook Bobcat T190 Loader Bucket with Teeth

$1,200.00

DNR Park Service

South Mountain Recreation Area Ridge Runners

$15,136.00

DNR Elk Neck State Forest

Elk Neck State Forest Trail Maintenance

$26,000.00

 

“Transportation is about more than highways, planes, trains and buses,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “These grants provide opportunities for travel that support healthy lifestyles, reduce impacts on the environment and give us an up-close look at the beauty of our state.”


Some of the grant-awarded projects include:

  • Great Allegany Passage (GAP) Trailhead: $20,000 to establish directional and informational signage at three trailheads along the GAP in Allegany County;
  • Folly Branch Connector Trail: $40,000 to develop a multi-use connector trail to link communities south of MD 450 with the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis (WB&A) Trail;
  • Rowing & Kayak Water Access: $40,000 to provide a launch site for paddle craft to obtain access to the Wicomico River in Salisbury;
  • Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Oyster House: $38,890 to provide bicyclists, walkers, and other visitors with a wide range of recreational and educational amenities associated with the Oyster House site in Talbot County, including a working waterfront trail through live exhibits and a watershed restoration landscape;
  • Gwynn’s Falls Trail Wayfinding Improvements: $9,500 to the Park & People Foundation to improve signage and engage students and families in educational related maintenance activities along the Gwynn’s Falls Trail in Baltimore City;
  • South Mountain Recreation Area Ridge Runners: $15,136 to aid the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in managing and protecting the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in a high-use area near Annapolis Rock.


The RTP focuses trail investments on missing links in the statewide trail network and helps enhance existing State investment areas, including designated Scenic Byways, Heritage Areas and/or Main Streets. SHA partners with DNR, other State agencies and trail user groups to solicit and select projects that enhance economic development, transportation, environment and public health. For more information on the Recreational Trails Program, please visit http://www.roads.maryland.gov/Index.aspx?PageId=98.


MDOT Bicycle and Pedestrain Master Plan - The Maryland Department of Transportation adopted an updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in January 2014. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland. Learn more at www.mdot.maryland.gov/BikeWalkPlan.


For more information on Cycle Maryland efforts and great bicycling resources, please visit www.cycle.maryland.gov, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cyclemaryland and on Twitter @CycleMaryland.

 

Bicycle & Pedestrian Grants  – For more information on the Bikeways, Safe Routes to School, Transportation Alternatives, Federal Lands Access and Recreational Trails programs, please visit the following sites:


  1. The Bikeways Program: http://1.usa.gov/1d63gwP
  2. The Safe Routes to School Program: http://1.usa.gov/1begtah
  3. The Transportation Alternatives Program: http://1.usa.gov/1fkaTo9
  4. The Federal Lands Access Program: http://1.usa.gov/1a7CLMI
  5. The Recreational Trail Program: http://1.usa.gov/Ma8fXe

Announcing: The FY 2016 Conservation and Outdoor Recreation  - Challenge Cost Share Program

The application period for the FY 2016 Conservation and Outdoor Recreation 
Challenge Cost Share program is July 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015
The program is slated for $386,000 dollars and we estimate funding 20 projects.

The online application and addition information is available at: http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/ccsp/

 

This year, we again look for projects that support:


  1. Urban Outreach: Projects to promote active healthy living, restore or conserve community natural and cultural assets, or promote close-to-home access to recreation within an urban setting.
  2. Youth Engagement: Projects to engage youth participants to play, learn, serve, and work associated with NPS sites.
  3. Connecting People to the Outdoors: Projects to enhance access to outdoor recreation opportunities.

Applications are submitted by NPS staff in collaboration with project partners.
NPS administered parks are eligible including National Parks, National Trails, and Wild and Scenic Rivers.

NPS staff will submit the online application and the NPS partner will receive the funds for the proposed project

Every application must meet the Qualifying Criteria before further consideration.

These include:

  • NPS area – The project benefits one or more NPS administered park, National Trail, and/or Wild and Scenic River.
  • Support – There is support of both NPS and partner(s) for the project and commitments for an equal matching partner share from non-federal sources. Cash, goods, or services from non-federal sources can be considered as a cost share.
  • Maximum Financial Support – The maximum NPS Challenge Cost Share funding per project is $25,000.
  • Timing – The proposed project should be substantially complete within the fiscal year in which it is funded.
  • Staff Cost – No Challenge Cost Share support may be used for any NPS staff salaries.

The Selection Criteria places emphasis on projects that expands new partnerships with project benefits continuing beyond the year of initial funding.

  • The project has clear and specific results.
  • Roles and contributions of project partner(s) and NPS are substantive and well-defined.
  • The anticipated benefit for your partner(s), NPS, and the public is clear.
  • The project advances one or more of the three thematic categories.
  • The project’s outcome provides sustainable benefits into the future.
  • The project builds new partnerships.

The FY 2016 Challenge Cost Share request is for new projects. Previous applications will be considered once they have been updated and resubmitted.

The Challenge Cost Share program is designed to cultivate shared efforts in the NPS mission with National Parks, National Trails, and Wild and Scenic Rivers and their partners. Additional information and a list of contacts are available at: http://www.nps.gov/ncrc/programs/ccsp/



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. http://www.roads.maryland.gov/Index.aspx?PageId=357



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/tabPages/Bike_Walk.html



MTA Announces New Bike Car For MARC Train Weekend Riders – One year after the start of MARC Train weekend service, the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) announced the addition of a new, full-size bike car enabling passengers on select MARC weekend Penn Line trains to bring full-sized, non-collapsible bicycles onboard. Currently, MARC permits foldable bicycles onboard all three weekday commuter train lines (Penn, Camden and Brunswick). The new bike car will be attached to a designated weekend Penn Line train between Martin State Airport, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The bike car currently will accommodate 16 full-size bicycles and can be expanded to accommodate up to 26 full-size bicycles. As new multi-level commuter rail cars have been added to the MARC Train system, MTA crews refurbished an older single level car to create the new bike car. Aside from bicycles, this new “modular” car also will have available seating for 40 commuters with the current configuration. Modular cars also can be set up for different accommodations as needed. There will be no additional cost for passengers who bring bicycles onboard the bike car and accommodations are first come first served. Depending on customer demand, a second bike car may be added to the Penn Line weekend service in 2015.



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."

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.

http://www.trailtowns.org/initiatives.aspx



Bike Maryland https://www.bikemaryland.org/



Accohannock Indian Water Trail
http://www.indianwatertrails.com/



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

Email: CumberlandMPO@allconet.org
Mail:Attn: Siera Wigfield 
1000 Lafayette Ave
Cumberland, MD 21502
Fax: 301-722-0326

 

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
http://www.pgparks.com/Your_Parks/Trails/Anacostia_Tributary_Trail_System.htm



Annapolis Bicycle Master Plan – 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.

http://www.annapolis.gov/government/city-departments/transportation/bike-annapolis/bicycle-master-plan-2011



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/

County Executive Steve Schuh will establish the Anne Arundel County Bicycle Advisory Commission (“AACBAC”) The Commission’s primary goals will be to make recommendations to build out a safe, interconnected network of trails, on-road and separated bike lanes and advise the county on increasing safe bicycling for residents, commuters and visitors for transportation and recreation throughout Anne Arundel County. The County Executive will also highlight quality of life initiatives included in the enacted FY 2016 budget, including funding for a bicycle bridge over Richie Highway in Arnold.



Baltimore City
http://archive.baltimorecity.gov/Government/AgenciesDepartments/
Transportation/BikeBaltimore/Information/BicycleMasterPlanandMaps.aspx



Baltimore County – The Towson Bike Beltway officially opened on September 17th. http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/planning/boards/PBAC/pbacoverview.html



Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Bicycle Advisory Group –Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Group – BPAG is working on its Action Plan. http://www.baltometro.org/about-brtb/brtb-committees/bicycle-and-pedestrian-advisory-group



BYC - Baltimore Youth Cycling Team and Club Outreach

Over the last two months, the Baltimore-area cycling community has been working towards a new Youth Cycling program. We envision a participation-based program that unites all the local shops and teams through our kids, bringing us together to work for the future of Baltimore cycling. Baltimore Youth Cycling (BYC) is well on its way to a program start in July for the Cyclocross season of 2015, and we need your help. We want you to go to our website and sign-up your kids ages 7-17. We want you to think of the athletic neighbor or niece, and point them our direction. We want the excitement to reach all corners of the cycling community and beyond, so please give us a hand.



In Brunswick, Md., Trail Business is Booming – Rails to Trails Conservancy
http://community.railstotrails.org/blogs/trailblog/archive/2012/06/19/in-brunswick-md-trail-business-is-booming.aspx



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/



Cecil County Bicycle Master Plan
www.wilmapco.org



New Chesapeake Bay Gateways Website

The National Park Service (NPS) is very excited about the re-launch of their Chesapeake Gateways Website. It just went live. They hope this will lead to increased appreciation and visitation to our many partners across the watershed, including Maryland State Parks & Forests, NPS sites, and trails.
The NPS in the process of adding additional features such as Washington-Rochambeau NHT, Baltimore National Heritage Area and Journey Through Hallowed Ground.

They see this as an early Centennial project to get people to "find their park" within the Chesapeake Watershed. If you see any inaccuracies or would like to revise any entries with revised text or photos, please contact Mike Land (michael_land@nps.gov))

Here is the link - http://findyourchesapeake.com/



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 robertereyes@yahoo.com



C&O Canal Trust – The C&O Canal Trust hosts a wide range of trail activities. For more information http://www.canaltrust.org/



East Coast Greenway http://www.greenway.org/



Garrett Trailshttp://www.garretttrails.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.



Goucher Poll Asks Marylanders About State Park Use, Services – The Goucher Poll asked Maryland residents for their perspectivesregarding Maryland state parks. Results reveal a majority of residents have visited a state park during the last year, and a large majority of those visitors had a positive overall experience. Click here to view the Goucher Poll.



Great Eastern Trail - http://www.greateasterntrail.net/



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



Maryland Heritage Areashttp://mht.maryland.gov/heritageareas.shtml

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. http://bikehoward.com/



The Midshore Riverkeep’s 2014-2015 Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) – Volunteer Christine Burns has designed and implemented the new Kings Creek Water Trail as her final capstone project. The water trail is on Kings Creek, a small tributary of the Choptank River. It is a beautiful meandering creek with plenty to offer paddlers if they know what to look for.

A survey conducted by the Smithsonian Institution identified King’s Creek as having one of the most important marsh systems in the Chesapeake Bay. King’s Creek is part of the Choptank River watershed, and its brackish marshes are the perfect location for spawning fish, nesting waterfowl, and diverse vegetation.

Christine is creating an interpretive map of the creek, which will be available on line. This map will point out some of the interesting features of Kings Creek while educating paddlers on  what they are seeing and why it is significant.
http://midshoreriverkeeper.org/



Maryland Appalachian Trail Club – The 2015 Funding for the Maryland Ridge Runner Program has been approved by DNR, the Appalachian Trail Club, and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.


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.
http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/transportation/bikeways/A_A/contents.shtm
Contact: Farquhar, Brooke Brooke.Farquhar@montgomeryparks.org



Mountain Club of Marylandhttp://mcomd.org/



National Park Service Chesapeake Bay News http://www.nps.gov/chba/index.htm

 

National Recreation Coalition’s Outdoor Recreation Report – Recreational activities continue to be a mainstay of the American lifestyle, and there is widespread optimism regarding 2015. ARC’s full report is available for download as a PDF at: http://www.funoutdoors.com/files/
Outdoor%20Recreation%20Trends%202015%20final.pdf



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: kedgecombe@acltweb.org
http://www.acltweb.org/



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:

  1. Gunpowder Valley Strategic Conservation Plan
  2. Urban Ecosystem Restoration DC Metro Area
  3. Bear Creek Land and Water Trail
  4. Open Space Conservation Plan for Baltimore County Growth Area
  5. Walkable Bikeable Berlin

http://www.nps.gov/orgs/rtca/index.htm



Rockville Bike Master Plan –Rockville has recently completed a draft a draft map of the planned recommendations. http://www.rockvillemd.gov/index.aspx?NID=1410Contact: Terri Hilton, thilton@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



Susquehanna News Report – The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership 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/



Utility Corridor Trails – PEPCO/Exelon have agreed to proposal to do a pilot trail project. In turn, they want support for the merger. However, even if the merger doesn't go through, PEPCO has now clearly moved away from blanket opposition to trails. The next month or so will clarify the form of the pilot project, as well as what gets written into the merger agreement that gets approved by the Public Service Commission. The Intervenor trails group will be working with PEPCO/Exelon on the details. The pilot trail will run from Cabin John Regional Park to Seneca Creek State Park and the Soccer Megaplex.



Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail - Click here for the most recent newsletter.
http://www.nps.gov/waro/learn/news/upload/July-2015-Highlights-Final.pdf



WB&A Trail – The 2012 Bikeways Maryland Grant to Anne Arundel County authorized 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. Anne Arundel County is working with a developer to construct a paved trail to the Patuxent River that will connect to the bridge being funded by the state. A feasibility study for the crossing is currently underway. 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
(o)703-670-4526
(c)703-628-5007



For more DNR information, please contact:

Steve Carr
Land Trails Planner
Land Acquisition & Planning
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, E-4
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: 410-260-8478
FAX: 410-260-8404
steve.carr@maryland.gov



If you are aware of a trail or trail system that is not currently listed on this website, please contact the state Land Trails Planner Steve Carr at steve.carr@maryland.gov to add a trail to this growing list.





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Contact

Steve Carr
Land Trails Planner

Land Acquisition & Planning
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, E-4
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-8478
FAX: 410-260-8404
steve.carr@maryland.gov

Lisa Gutierrez
Director, Public Access, Water Trails & Recreation Planning

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue, E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-8778
lisa.gutierrez@maryland.gov