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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.

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2015 National Outdoor Recreation Conference
April 12-16, 2015 – Annapolis, Maryland
"Land, Water, and Conservation: Celebrating the Past and Crafting the Future of Outdoor Recreation"

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) and the Northeast Recreation Research Symposium (NERR) are proud to join forces and present the 2015 National Outdoor Recreation Conference. This year we are seeking presentations from outdoor recreation professionals (e.g., planners, managers, academics, etc.) and students that demonstrate how you or your organization are celebrating the past, while addressing and crafting the future of outdoor recreation. Tell us about your research projects, creative approaches to current and future challenges, modern vision for outdoor recreation, innovative partnerships, new and exciting collaborations, use of technology, entrepreneurial solutions, cultivating political and community support, and other case studies that present new ideas and tools that contribute and create a lasting and sustainable future for outdoor recreation.

Conference Information - Conference information will be posted and updated regularly at www.recpro.org/2015-conference. Registration is expected to open in January 2015.

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.


Cecil County Government

Great Allegheny Passage Safety and Maintenance Equipment Project


Cecil County Government

Calvert Regional Park


City of Cumberland

Downtown Cumberland Pedestrian/Bicycle Wayfinding Signage


Cylburn Arboretum

Trail Improvements at Cylburn Arboretum


Delaware Trail Spinners, Inc..

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


Mayor & Council of Federalsburg

Marshyhope Creek Greenway Trail Repair Project (PRIORITY 1)


Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Trailside Classroom Project


Garrett County Community Action Agency

2015 Garrett County Seasonal Trail Crew


Maryland State Highway Administration



Historic Sotterley, Inc.

Nature Trail Maintenance at Sotterley Plantation (PRIORITY 1)


London Town Foundation

Londontown Woodland Gardens Trail Restoration


Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission

Folly Branch Connector Trail (PRIORITY 1)


Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiast, Inc. MORE

Patuxent River State Park Trail Project (PRIORITY 1)


Montgomery Parks Foundation

2015 Montgomery Parks/SCA Trails Project


Mountain Maryland Trails

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


National Off Highway Vehicle Conservation

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


Park & People foundation

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


Phillips Wharf Environmental Center (PWEC)

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Oyster House Project


Queen Anne's County Parks and Public Landings

Cross Island Trail


City of Rockville

Rockville Millennium Trail Enhancements


City of Salisbury

Rowing and Kayak Waterway Access Project


Student Conservation Association

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


Town of Sykesville

Linear Trail Bridge Repair, Slope Stabilization and Trail Resurfacing Project


Talbot County Government

Tilghman Island Water Trail - Sherwood Water Access Facility Upgrade


Trail Conservancy

Emmitsburg Trail Project (PRIORITY 1 )


DNR Land Trails Division

Land Trails Coordinator


DNR Savage River State Forest

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


DNR Wildlife and Heritage Area

Trail Maintenance Equipment for Millington WMA


DNR Park service

Palmer State Park Trail System Development - Phase I


DNR Potomac Garrett State Forest

Snaggy Mountain ORV Trail Resurfacing and Erosion Control


DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service

Myrtle Grove WMA Entrance Road Improvement


DNR Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area

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


DNR Forest Service

Little Blackwater Soft Launch


DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service

Western Region Trail Project Gates


DNR Cunningham Falls state Park

Cunningham Falls Manor Area Sensory Trail


DNR Forest Service

Southern Region State Forest Trail Maintenance Specialist


DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service

Gwynbrook Bobcat T190 Loader Bucket with Teeth


DNR Park Service

South Mountain Recreation Area Ridge Runners


DNR Elk Neck State Forest

Elk Neck State Forest Trail Maintenance



“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.

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.


$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.

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

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/

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) today 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 starting December 13. 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."

"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.


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


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


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.



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 County – The Towson Bike Beltway officially opened on September 17th.  http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/releases/0917bikebeltway.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


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/


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.

Contact Person
Tamika K. Graham
Senior Planner
Wilmington Area Planning Council
Phone: 302-737-6205, Ext. 1-16
Fax: 302-737-9584


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/trust/


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


Garrett Trailshttp://www.garretttrails.org/

Meadow Mountain Trail – JMT Engineering estimates Phase 1 MMT will cost $287,496 and take 3 – 4 months to complete. JMT submitted the final design for Phase I of MMT to County Permitting 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. 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. 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.

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.


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. http://bikehoward.com/


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.
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/


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


In Memory of former PHG President Kit Valentine– Kit Valentine loved the outdoors and from the earliest years of his life, he has loved to build trails. When Kit was 17, he earned his Eagle Scout Award by building a trail in the Patapsco Valley State Park. He earned a college degree in Forestry Management and has been active in trail development ever since.

If you look at the Patapsco Heritage Greenway website at www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org, you will discover that every project and accomplishment listed, Kit Valentine has contributed in some way, that has impacted thousands of people. Kit was involved with P.H.G. from its infancy, became President and served on our Board of Directors since 2000. Through his guidance, vision and leadership, we were able to accomplish so much, making a positive difference in preserving, protecting and enhancing the history, heritage and natural resources of the Patapsco Valley. He can see the fruits of his efforts and vision of the Patapsco Valley becoming a certified greenway is almost a reality.

Kit had very active roles in the Grist Mill Trail, Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Friends of Patapsco State Park, #9 Trolley Line, #8 Streetcar Path, the Catonsville Short Line Trail, Mt. Airy Trail and the East Coast Greenway. Kit has worked with the scouts, schools and hundreds of community volunteers to share his knowledge and vast experience.

A portion of the Catonsville Short Line Trail, near Maiden Choice Lane, has been named the "Kit Valentine Trail" in his honor.


To those of you who knew Kit, you can also send cards to his family at 2205 Pleasant Drive, Catonsville, MD 21228.


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



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


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 RogerWilliams 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 fromMaryland'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.

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 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. 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:

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


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.

Momentum is Building to make Trails in Maryland "Second-to-None."

Office of Governor
Accessible Areas at Maryland State Parks


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

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