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 was completed.
Ultimately, this designation 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, boat building, fishing and transportation histories up and down the Puget Sound and along our coastal shores. For additional information view the press release, 2009 Kitsap Sun (PDF).
Feasibility Study Details
As part of the feasibility study -- state, local, and tribal governments, heritage organizations, ports, tourism organizations, landowners, and the general public were asked to evaluate whether a National Heritage Area designation makes sense. Findings suggest that this designation can do a great deal to connect and support Washington’s maritime resources.