Spanning 3,000 miles of Washington State’s saltwater shoreline, the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area (NHA) recognizes our state’s unique and diverse maritime culture. This new designation supports our coastal communities in celebrating, maintaining, and sharing their water-based stories. Throughout 2021, we’re working with local organizations and residents to chart a course for the heritage area. Here’s how you can get involved:
Add to the Maritime Mapper
Help map Washington’s maritime heritage! Identify the maritime places you value along our saltwater shorelines using a new virtual map. You can pin sites and resources, add photos, share stories, and more to help create a plan for the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area. By hearing from you about which maritime resources are important to our coastal communities, we’ll be better able to craft a heritage area that supports, protects, and shares the stories of these places. Join in by adding your own favorite sites and stories—and exploring those submitted by others:
Need a little more guidance on how to use this map? Click here for more detailed instructions!
Review Public Input to Date
During the winter and spring of 2021, we held a series of workshops, focus groups, surveys, and other public engagement activities to help determine the direction and priorities of the Maritime Washington NHA. Hundreds of Washingtonians helped determine the future of this new heritage area by sharing their thoughts and ideas about the past, present, and future of our state’s saltwater shorelines. Through this public input, we learned more about what makes our shores and waterways unique, the threats and opportunities facing our shorelines, and how this new heritage area can support communities and Tribes in maintaining and sharing their unique maritime heritage. For a snapshot of what we learned, check out this overview:
Over the coming months, the heritage area planning team will use this input to create a management plan for the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area, which will serve as a framework for how we’ll work together to celebrate, maintain, and share our state’s unique maritime places and heritage. Later this year, we look forward to sharing a draft of the management plan with you for your further input.
Stay in Touch with the Heritage Area
If you care for Washington’s saltwater shorelines and want get involved in charting the course ahead, sign up for our email list. We’ll share updates on the planning process, additional opportunities to provide input, and information about how to review the full management plan: