In 2010 seven new Gateways sites were added (for a total of 173, exceeding the goal).
For people to deeply value the Bay and the thousands of streams, creeks and rivers that flow into it, they need access to wildlife and the outdoors. Public access areas allow people to enjoy activities such as fishing, swimming, kayaking, hiking and picnicking. Access to natural areas helps people create a personal connection with the Bay watershed and builds support for restoration efforts.
Bay Program partners continue to increase and improve access in an environmentally sensitive manner through the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, water trails and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
Learn more about enhancing public access and find public access points around the watershed.
By 2003, develop partnerships with at least 30 sites to enhance place-based interpretation of Bay-related resources and themes and stimulate volunteer involvement in resource restoration and conservation.
Amount completed since 2000
Bay Gateways: 173 Gateway sites have been added to the network
Amount completed in 2010
Bay Gateways: Seven new Gateways were added to the network
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