Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Northeast Region
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Cambridge, MD 21613
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Senator Cardin announces "Spicer tract" acquisition for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

October 25th: U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today announced a major expansion of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge with the purchase of the 766-acre Spicer Tract on the eastern portion of the Refuge. Blackwater NWR is one of our nation's premier wildlife refuges, consisting of 27,000 acres that include one-third of Maryland's tidal wetlands and some of the most ecologically important areas of our State.

The Refuge is currently separated into two non-contiguous sections by land that is unprotected from development, deforestation and other potential land-use conversions. Since 2008, Senator Cardin and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski along with Congressman Frank Kratovil (all D-MD) have worked to appropriate $3.4 million for land acquisition at Blackwater NWR. Acting within the boundaries of its master plan, the Refuge is authorized to purchase environmentally important parcels from willing land owners. The Fish and Wildlife Service is using $2.4 million of the special congressional funds to purchase the Spicer Tract.

The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is often referred to as the 'Everglades of the North' and, with the Harriet Tubman Historic Landscape, has become a tourist destination and is providing a positive economic impact of approximately $27.7 million to the economy of Dorchester County, creating jobs for residents and attracting tourists to the heart of Chesapeake country.

Dedication of Spicer Tract
Last updated: September 30, 2010