National Maritime Heritage Area
Washington State’s Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) is working to designate the entire Puget Sound as a National Maritime Heritage Area. In order to apply, a feasibility study is underway.
Ultimately, it means better communication and coordination of Heritage Tourism for Western Washington’s saltwater coast. The story of our Maritime Heritage defines us as a region and is a story of national importance. There are no other National "Maritime" Heritage Areas – we would be the first in the country. It should be noted that the designation has no regulatory implications but federal funds and grants could help preserve and promote what remains of our logging, boatbuilding, fishing and transportation histories up and down the Puget Sound and along our coastal shores.
- learn how being part of a National Heritage Area can benefit your community
- learn more about designating Western Washington’s saltwater coast a Maritime National Heritage Area
- show support, ask questions and voice concerns
- and provide your input on the Heritage Area proposal
The feasibility study will include state, local, and tribal governments, heritage organizations, ports, tourism organizations, landowners, and the general public to evaluate whether a National Heritage Area designation makes sense to support Washington’s maritime resources. If you have additional questions or would like an opportunity to comment on the proposal, please contact:
- Curt Warber, PARAMETRIX at (425) 458-6326
- Brian Murphy BERK & ASSOCIATES at (206) 324-8760
- Fauna Doyle, BERK & ASSOCIATES at (206) 324-8760
To contact Gig Harbor's Historic Preservation Coordinator, contact Lita Dawn Stanton at (253) 853-7609
Recent News Articles and Postings:
National Recognition Could Be Coming to Gig Harbor and WA State -- August 19, 2009
Port Angeles Council Endorses Maritime Heritage Area -- August 5, 2009