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Learn about efforts to create a new Chesapeake Bay National Recreation Area (CNRA), a National Park for the Chesapeake Bay.  Work is underway to designate a collection of new and existing parks and public lands throughout the Chesapeake Bay area as the new CNRA. The designation of this natural wonder, and our nation’s largest estuary, will bring significant economic, environmental, and cultural benefits to our communities and will raise the visibility of the Bay as a valuable resource, which will encourage further protection of the Bay, create sustainable jobs, increase private investment in this region, add new sites to access the Bay, and link all CNRA park sites with an inviting, common visitor exploration experience. 

Guests will hear from coalition members, including representatives from the Chesapeake Conservancy and the National Parks Conservation Association, who will share details about the draft legislation, which has been introduced, and some ways folks can get involved as the process to shape this new National Park continues.


Additional Resource/Information:

  • Visit united4cnra.com to learn more about the process (to date) and prepare your questions for the presenters. Draft legislation is open for public comment through February 12, 2023.
  • Click here to view the legislation, maps, fact sheets, and background on the four initial proposed sites.
  • Former Anne Arundel County Executive, Jim Lighthizer, was interviewed recently about the CNRA; an idea that he originally pitched in 1978. Click here to view.

Leadership Howard County is excited to share this opportunity with our fellow regional leadership programs (Leadership Anne Arundel, Leadership Baltimore County, Leadership Greater Washington, Leadership Maryland, Leadership Washington County, and the Leadership) and look forward to welcoming a broad audience to learn about this effort.  To register for this free event, click here; please feel free to email Karen Bryant, Leadership Howard County, with any questions.

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