The Management Plan for the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area outlines the vision as well as the goals and objectives for Maryland’s 13th Certified Heritage Area. The Plan was created through a cooperative public process, and unanimously approved by Howard County and Baltimore County government as well as by the Maryland Heritage Authority Areas – the governing body for all Maryland Heritage Areas.
The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc. serves as the managing entity and is charged with the implementation of the Management Plan.
The vision for the Patapsco Heritage Area describes desired conditions related to natural resources, historic resources, scenic resources, visitor experience, economic benefits to the heritage area, and partnerships. The overarching vision is:
In 2025, the Patapsco Heritage Area lies at the heart of a network of protected lands along the Patapsco River representative of Maryland’s Piedmont forest and industrial heritage. Natural processes, natural beauty, and history combine to create a unique opportunity for neighboring residents and visitors from across the state and beyond, to understand and enjoy Maryland’s most dramatic river valley. Through the efforts of many partners, the public appreciates the significance of the valley’s heritage, understands its history, and enjoys the experience it has to offer.
Five strategic goals frame the management actions that will accomplish the vision for the heritage area:
Stewardship: Promote and facilitate stewardship of heritage resources to support interpretation and appreciation of the history of the Patapsco Valley, enhance the quality of life for residents, and ensure a high quality visitor experience.
Interpretation: Provide heritage experiences for visitors focused on interpreting the Patapsco Valley’s vital importance in Maryland’s industrial revolution and its role in Maryland’s evolving resource stewardship ethic
Heritage Tourism: Increase the economic benefits of heritage tourism in the Patapsco Valley.
Recreation: Offer residents and visitors opportunities to explore and learn about the heritage areas through a variety of quality recreation experiences.
Management: Assure a strong, sustainable organization for Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc.
The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc. is the managing entity of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area. Its organizational mission is closely aligned with the goals and vision of the Heritage Area.
The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc. is dedicated to preserving, protecting, interpreting and restoring the environment, history and culture of the Patapsco Valley between Daniels and Elkridge, Maryland.