Patuxent Reseach Refuge & Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Receive $15.5 million In Recovery Act Funding
On Thursday, August 26, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee and U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3) will hold a press conference to highlight important renovations at the Patuxent Research Refuge and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center that will ensure that the world-class research facility will be able to continue and expand its mission into wildlife protection, habitat preservation and natural resource management. Patuxent is the only National Wildlife Refuge in the country whose purpose is to support wildlife research.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are agencies within the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) that have offices co-located at the Patuxent Research Refuge. The two agencies together have received $15.5 million in Recovery Act funding to complete multi-year projects that will expand the Center’s capacity, renovate and upgrade facilities, improve energy efficiency and correct health and safety deficiencies. Currently, the renovations have provided more than 200 jobs for Marylanders, and, once completed, will mean an increase of approximately 90 scientific, research and support jobs on the Refuge.
· WHO: Senator Cardin, Congressman Sarbanes, Anne Castle, Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Wendi Weber, Acting Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Dr. Marcia McNutt, Director of U.S. Geological Survey
· WHAT: Outline important renovations and upgrades funded with Recovery dollars at the Patuxent Research Refuge/Wildlife Research Center, our nation’s premier wildlife research facility.
· WHEN: Thursday, August 26 at 11 a.m.
· WHERE: Patuxent Research Refuge,
(Enter at East end of Power Mill Road at MD Rt. 197.
Directions to press conference will be provided upon arrival)
RAIN LOCATION: National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD
(Located off of Powder Mill Road, between B/W Parkway and MD Rt. 197 south of Laurel)