The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office announced the appointment of 24 members to the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Advisory Council. Members of the Council, appointed by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, will consult with the Secretary and the National Park Service on matters related to the trail, including trail management, public access, recreation opportunities, and interpretive programs along the trail route. The Advisory Council is authorized through 2021.
Bill Pencek, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Division of Tourism, Film, & the Arts, Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, will serve as chair of the Council. Mr. Pencek also serves as Executive Director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Council members will serve two year terms. As per the Council charter, the state of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia are represented as are non-governmental organizations.
“Advisory Council members will be instrumental in guiding trail and byway development,” said Bill Pencek, Advisory Council chair. “There is much work to be done, and at a fast pace, to coincide with Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia bicentennial celebrations.” John Maounis, trail Superintendent, said that “The trail Council, made up of individuals with expert knowledge in their fields, will help guide development of a trail rich in educational and recreational experiences for the public.”
Members of the Council are as follows: