The C&O Canal Trust’s work is only possible thanks to its many productive partnerships with other organizations and agencies. The Trust has entered into a cooperative agreement with the C&O Canal National HIstorical Park to work jointly to achieve mutually important goals.
“The C&O Canal Trust possesses the depth and breadth of experience and creativity to cooperatively work with the C&O Canal National Historical Park to help connect communities with their canal heritage through restoring historic structures and expanding educational, interpretive, and recreational opportunities. I am thrilled and fortunate to have their assistance. Their work is helping to ensure that the best is yet to come for the C&O Canal.”
– Kevin Brandt, Superintendent, C&O Canal National Historical Park
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP is one of nearly 400 units in the National Park Service, the federal agency within the U.S. Department of Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America’s most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures. The C&O Canal is a unit within the National Capital Region of the Park Service.
The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is another unit in the National Capital Region. The C&O Canal is an important element of this trail network.
Local and Regional Partners
The Trust is proud to work with a number of local and regional partners that have a mutual interest in the betterment of the C&O Canal. These include:
Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern – The Trust has adopted Great Falls as an official Canal Steward and works closely with the Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern (FHGFT) on numerous initiatives at Great Falls, from general upkeep to the enhancement of the site. FHGFT is routinely a sponsor of Canal Trust programs.
C&O Canal Association – The C&O Canal Association (COCA) actively participates in the Trust’s Canal Pride days as Volunteer Project Leaders to increase volunteer management capacity. The Trust has made a five-year commitment to COCA’s Garlic Mustard Challenge with the adoption of an area of the Park in Williamsport.
Canal Towns Tourism and Visitor Bureaus – The Trust helped launch and continues to serve as the fiscal agent for the Canal Towns Partnership. The program is designed to foster deeper community connections with the neighboring Park, as well as to assist the communities in effectively reaping the multiple benefits of trail-based tourism and recreation.
Alice Ferguson Foundation – The Trust participates in the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s (AFF) annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. In addition, the Trust is working closely with the Park staff to expand the delivery of AFF’s Bridging the Watershed curriculum-based education programs.
Maryland Heritage Areas Authority – The Trust partnered with the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) and the National Park Service for the funding of Lockhouse 25’s rehabilitation for inclusion in the Canal Quarters program. The Trust has also been awarded MHAA grants for the development of Civil War-themed itineraries for Canal Towns and the establishment of Plan Your Visit, a website to market the educational, recreational, and tourism opportunities of the C&O Canal NHP and the surrounding communities.
Heritage Montgomery – The Trust participates in Heritage Montgomery’s annual “Heritage Days” celebration by holding events at one or more Canal Quarters lockhouses.
Boy Scouts of America – The Trust engages Boy Scout troops from numerous districts adjacent to the C&O Canal. Troops frequently participate in Canal Pride events. The Trust also works directly with Eagle Scout candidates to accomplish projects for the Park and offers assistance in project funding through the Charles Stover Eagle Scout Fund.
National Park Foundation – The National Park Foundation has supported the C&O Canal with a Ticket to Ride grant in support of the Park’s education program and has awarded the Trust a Park Partners grant for capacity building.
Marriott International – The Trust leads annual corporate stewardship events as part of both Marriott’s “Spirit to Serve our Communities” day and Canal Pride.
Booz Allen Hamilton – The Trust leads annual corporate stewardship events for Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) as part of both the International Coastal Cleanup and Canal Pride. BAH has also provided pro bono services through their skills-based volunteerism program in creating a communications plan for the Trust.
Recreational Equipment, Inc. – The Trust partners with REI on National Trails Day volunteer events as a part of Canal Pride.
Shepherd University – In the winter of 2012, the Trust partnered with Shepherd University to engage a team of student interns from the Shepherd University School of Business for market analysis of the Canal Quarters program.
American University – In 2012, the Trust and the C&O Canal NHP worked with a team of American University Public History students to analyze and enhance the interpretation of Lockhouse 6 for the Canal Quarters program.
Allegheny Trail Alliance – The Trust worked with the Allegheny Trail Alliance as fellow members of the Potomac & Allegheny Alliance, a communications-based initiative whose mission it was to promote continuity of visitor experience along the Potomac Heritage Trail Corridor.
Catoctin Aqueduct Project – The Trust contributed to the Catoctin Aqueduct Restoration Fund for the restoration of the Catoctin Aqueduct and supported related events.
Muddy Branch Alliance – The Trust works with Muddy Branch Alliance in a partnership for the maintenance of the Pennyfield Lock area under a Canal Stewards adoption package with NPS.
Sugarloaf Regional Trails – The Trust co-leads an event with Sugarloaf Regional Trails at Lockhouse 25 each year during Heritage Montgomery’s “Heritage Days.”
VFW Post 5633 – The VFW Post 5633 of Cabin John partners with the Trust for the maintenance of the Great Falls entrance road under a Canal Stewards adoption package with NPS.
Poolesville High School Global Ecology Program – The Trust routinely engages students in the Poolesville High School Global Ecology program for service projects at Lock 25 in Poolesville.
Hub City Vineyard – Hub City Vineyard actively participates in Canal Pride events in Washington County.
Maryland Outdoor Club – Maryland Outdoor Club participates in Canal Pride events with the Trust and funded work on the Lock 6 Feeder Canal Trail to make it safer for wounded veterans to access the feeder canal where they undergo recreational therapy.
Latin American Youth Center – The Trust provided tents and camping gear to allow 45 young people from the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC, to experience camping for the first time during an overnight adventure along the C&O Canal at the Marsden Tract.
AECOM – AECOM participates in Canal Pride events with the Trust.
Zurich Insurance – Zurich Insurance participates in Canal Pride events with the Trust.
Citigroup – Citigroup participates in Canal Pride events with the Trust.
Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Partners: The Trust partners with these groups in the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, a program of the Alice Ferguson Foundation.