September 30, 2023

Lawmakers Support Expansion of Patuxent Refuge

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Maryland’s congressional delegation members support the expansion of the Patuxent Research Refuge. Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, and other lawmakers joined in urging the Office of Management and Budget to allow the proposed transfer of a 105-acre parcel of land currently owned by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to the US Fish and Wildlife Service so it can be added to the adjacent Patuxent Research Refuge.

Touting the lasting environmental benefits to the Chesapeake Bay and future generations of Marylanders, the lawmakers pointed out the improved public access and enhanced wildlife protections the transfer would deliver. They also underscored the importance of intact landscapes in filtering out pollutants that could enter into the headwaters of the Anacostia and Patuxent rivers, which run through the largely forested parcel in Greenbelt known as Area 400.

“Area 400 lies adjacent to the Patuxent Research Refuge, which is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The PRR serves as vital habitat for more than 200 species of birds as well as other wildlife including turtles, foxes, beavers, and fish that is open to the public for outdoor recreation. Expanding the PRR by adding Area 400 makes ecological and economic sense and will support progress towards state and federal conservation goals,” the lawmakers write in a letter to OMB leadership.

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