范·霍伦参议员 & 国会议员法案 Introduce Legislation to Establish the Chesapeake National Recreation Area
华盛顿特区——今天， U.S. 参议员克里斯·范·霍伦 国会议员约翰·萨班斯提出 切萨皮克国家游乐区法案, which, if passed into law, would create the Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA). CNRA将是陆基的，21st世纪公园, uniting new and existing National Park Service (NPS) sites and trails, 还有合作公园, to increase public access to the Chesapeake Bay and create a national park-worthy visitor experience for all to enjoy. 共同发起人包括参议员本·卡丁(马里兰州民主党人).)、马克·华纳和蒂姆·凯恩(都是弗吉尼亚州民主党人).)及U.S. 弗吉尼亚州民主党众议员唐·拜尔(Don Beyer).)、格里·康诺利(Gerry Connolly)(弗吉尼亚州民主党人).)、斯坦尼·霍耶(马里兰州民主党人).)、格伦·艾维(马里兰州民主党人).)、弗吉尼亚州民主党众议员詹妮弗·麦克莱伦(Jennifer McClellan).)， Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.)、埃莉诺·霍姆斯·诺顿(民主党人).C.)、杰米·拉斯金(马里兰州民主党人).)、Dutch Ruppersberger(马里兰州民主党).)、博比·斯科特(弗吉尼亚州民主党人).戴维·特隆(David Trone，马里兰州民主党人).)和罗布·惠特曼(Rob Wittman)(弗吉尼亚州共和党人).).
一年前，a 2022年7月的民意调查 showed profound support for National Park Service status for the Chesapeake, 马里兰州的83%, 弗吉尼亚和华盛顿, DC respondents in favor of establishing a Chesapeake National Recreation Area. A congressional working group was formed in June 2022, 立法草案于2022年11月共享. 公众提交了数百条意见.
United4CNRA代表, a coalition of organizations and people advocating for the CNRA, issued the following statements celebrating this significant step toward establishing the CNRA:
“拉丁美洲人在户外 wholeheartedly endorses 参议员克里斯·范·霍伦 and Congressman John Sarbanes’ vision for the Chesapeake National Recreation Area. It is a vision that has been thoughtfully crafted by a broad range of stakeholders, it centers the protection of diverse landscapes, 增加多样化的公共通道, 以及对文化多样性的庆祝. 我们赞扬范霍伦参议员的努力, 国会议员法案, 以及整个CNRA工作小组. We see their actions as an affirmation of the importance of diversity, 不是为了多样性, but rather for its potential to be a catalyst for a thriving and sustainable regional economy, 社区, 娱乐资产. – 拉丁美洲人在户外 执行董事路易斯·维拉
“谢谢你！, 参议员范霍伦和众议员萨班斯, for making a more than 30-year-long dream come true. The Chesapeake Bay is as spectacular as Yellowstone or Yosemite, as great as the Great Smokies and as grand as the Grand Tetons. Establishing the Chesapeake National Recreation Area expands resources for environmental protection and makes it clear that the United States cherishes the Chesapeake, 美国身份的发源地. 作为给子孙后代的伟大礼物, this legislation ensures everyone’s right to visit and recreate on our nation’s largest estuary while balancing the needs of those who live here and depend on the bay for their livelihood.” – 十大赌博正规老平台 总统 & 首席执行官乔尔·邓恩
“We appreciate the many years of hard work that 参议员克里斯·范·霍伦, Representative John Sarbanes and the Chesapeake working group have dedicated to charting a path forward for the Chesapeake National Recreation Area.
“There is only one Chesapeake Bay, everyone deserves a chance to experience its wonders. Working together to create a Chesapeake National Recreation Area would expand public access to the largest estuary in the world, 为附近社区带来经济增长, 并帮助国家公园管理局, 土著部落, Chesapeake watermen interpret thousands of years of impactful history. Introducing legislation is the next step to make the dream of this park a reality.” – 国家公园保护协会 (NPCA)总统 & 首席执行官特蕾莎·皮耶诺
“The Chesapeake Bay has nourished Indigenous people both physically and spiritually for more than 10,000年. The Chesapeake National Recreation Area would help educate our young people about the long-standing connection between the Chesapeake Bay and American Indians and ensure that the bay’s plants and animals, which are so essential to the sustaining power of life for everyone, are protected while preparing our next generation of leaders for the future.” – 接受部落 安妮·理查森警长
“The National Park Service serves as one of our nation’s foremost storytellers and steward of our rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage. The Chesapeake National Recreation Area would allow all of the American people and our international visitors to learn about our country’s history and how the Chesapeake Bay has been the landscape of Indigenous history, 欧洲的探索, 殖民主义, 独立, 奴隶制与自由.” – former National Park Service Director “Bob” Robert Stanton (retired)
切萨皮克国家游乐区法案 would designate a collection of new and existing parks and public lands along the Chesapeake Bay as the new Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA). Places that highlight the bay across Maryland and Virginia, such as state and local parks and wildlife refuges, could become part of the CNRA and benefit from the resources of the National Park Service to help improve the visitor experience, 改善通往海湾的公共通道, protect the natural environment and tell an interesting story about our region. The CNRA will raise the visibility of the Chesapeake Bay as an important resource, encourage upcoming generations to protect the bay, 创造可持续的就业机会, 增加对湾区的民间投资, 添加新的站点来访问海湾, link all the park sites around the bay with a common visitor experience and invite people to explore. www.united4cnra.org