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Star-Spangled Banner Trail plan released

Plans for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812 have been released for public review by the National Park Service.

The trail commemorates the War of 1812 and its legacy in the Chesapeake, and includes 560 miles of land and water routes in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The draft comprehensive management plan and environmental assessment released Thursday recommends an alternative that will commemorate war-related events and sites in the region, provide interpretation and education, and promote tourism. Another alternative would simply continue current management of War of 1812 sites.

Since the trail’s approval in 2008, the Park Service has developed the plan in conjunction with various federal, state and local agencies.

The public has until May 21 to comment on the plan. But approval of the plan will not guarantee that all the funding and staffing needed to fully implement the trail will be immediately forthcoming, according to the Park Service.

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