Courtesy of the National Park Service

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is inviting community members to attend a workshop today to help chart a course for the new Maritime Washington National Heritage Area.

The workshop, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. via Zoom, will focus on regional needs, priorities, and goals for Pierce and Thurston County’s parts of Washington’s coastline. Registration information can be found here. Pre-registration is required.

Officially designated by Congress in 2019 as a nationally significant cultural landscape, the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area encompasses 3,000 miles of western Washington’s coastline from Grays Harbor County to the Canadian border. It includes 18 federally recognized tribes, 13 counties, 32 incorporated cities, and 30 port districts, as well as many harbors, inlets, peninsulas, island shores, and parks.

The non-regulatory heritage area is rich with historic buildings and vessels, museums, and archival collections, all connected by the nation’s largest ferry system and an extensive highway network.