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CHESAPEAKE & OHIO CANAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK COMMISSION

Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld, Chair (chosen by U.S. Secretary of the Interior)

Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Interior upon recommendation of Governor of Maryland: Terry W. Hepburn; one vacancy.

Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Interior upon recommendation of Allegany County Board of County Commissioners: Br. James Kirkpatrick; one vacancy.

Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Interior upon recommendation of Frederick County Board of County Commissioners: James H. Gilford, Ph.D.; George E. Lewis, Jr.

Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Interior upon recommendation of Montgomery County Council: Nancy C. Long; Jo Reynolds.

Appointed by U.S. Secretary of Interior upon recommendation of Washington County Board of County Commissioners: Charles D. McElrath; Patricia Schooley.

Terms expire 2010.

Contact: Kevin D. Brandt, Superintendent, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 714-2201; fax: (301) 739-6179
e-mail: kevin_brandt@nps.gov

With the creation of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in 1971, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Commission was established by federal law as part of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Development Act in 1971 (P.L. 91-664, sec. 6).

The Commission advises the U.S. Secretary of the Interior on policy and other matters relating to the development and administration of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The Park is Maryland's most popular national park, and is managed by the National Park Service. Coursing through the Potomac River Valley, the Canal runs for 184.5 miles from Washington, DC to Cumberland, Maryland. Its area spreads along nineteen political jurisdictions.

The Commission's nineteen members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to five-year terms. Three are at-large members, one of whom is designated chair. The governors of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia and the Mayor of the District of Columbia each recommend two members for appointment. The governing bodies of the four Maryland counties bordering the Canal also each recommend two members for appointment (16 U.S. Code 410y-4).

Every ten years, the Commission needs to be reauthorized by Congress. The current authorizaton for the Commission continues until January 8, 2021.

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