On Monday, October 25, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) will join federal and state officials to announce a major land acquisition for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, one of our nation’s premier wildlife refuges. The Refuge, located in Dorchester County, consists of 27,000 acres and includes one-third of Maryland’s tidal wetlands, making it one of the most ecologically important areas of our State.
Senator Cardin has been a long-time supporter of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and the Harriet Tubman Project. A major portion of the Refuge is part of the Harriet Tubman Historic Landscape and last year Senator Cardin introduced The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park and The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Act along with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand (both D-NY). The legislation would establish two parks, one in Maryland and one in New York, to honor the legacy of Harriet Tubman.
* WHO: Senator Cardin, Suzanne Baird, Refuge Manager; Jay Newcomb, President of Dorchester Co. Council; Patrick Noonan, The Conservation Fund, and representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
* WHAT: A major announcement about Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
* WHEN: Monday, October 25 at 1 p.m.
* WHERE: Smithville Road, two miles southeast of Highway 16,
Dorchester County (MAP AND DIRECTIONS ARE ATTACHED)
RAIN LOCATION: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Visitor Center
2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge