On October 11, 2016, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer announced that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been awarded a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant of $550,000. The funding, which will be matched by DNR, will be used to acquire over 182 acres of property in Indian Head, Maryland, for public outdoor recreation. The property will be an addition to the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area, which is managed by DNR.
“I’m proud of the parks and open green spaces in the Fifth District, which provide recreational opportunities, preserve our land and natural resources, and expand ecotourism,” said Congressman Hoyer. “That’s why I am very pleased that Maryland has been awarded a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to expand the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area in Indian Head. With this funding, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will acquire nearly 200 acres of property for Marylanders to hunt, hike, fish, bird watch, and observe nature. I applaud this grant award, and I look forward to supporting DNR in this effort so that Fifth District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy this area for decades to come. I will also be working with my colleagues on a long-term reauthorization of the LWCF, so that this critical program can continue to support the preservation of natural areas in Maryland and throughout the country.”
Throughout his career, Congressman Hoyer has worked to secure funding to preserve open spaces in the Fifth District. He secured funding to add 8,000 acres to the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge, expand Piscataway Park, and helped acquire 6,000 acres in Charles County for the Douglas Point Project.
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