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Lower Potomac Management Plan Comment Period Extended
 

NANJEMOY, MD (September 5, 2003) ó The Bureau of Land Management and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in response to requests from the public, have extended the public review and comment period until Oct. 5 for the Lower Potomac River Draft Coordinated Management Plan (Douglas Point). The extension doubles the original public comment period of Aug. 4 to Sept. 5 for a total of 60 days. A copy of the Draft Plan is be available on BLMís website, http://www.es.blm.gov. Interested parties may submit written comments on the Draft Plan to BLM, either by electronic mail at: lower.potomac@es.blm.gov, or through the U.S. Postal Service to:

 

Howard Levine
Bureau of Land Management
PO Box 631
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-0631
 


Comments must be postmarked by no later than October 5th , 2003. For more information call MD DNR at (410) 260-8402 or BLM at (414) 297- 4463.

 

BACKGROUND ON THE MANAGEMENT PLAN

This cooperative initiative started in 2001 when DNR, BLM, Charles County, and The Conservation Fund (TCF) signed an agreement that provided for a coordinated strategy for land acquisition from willing sellers, long-range planning, community involvement, and on-going stewardship. When completed, the plan will provide recommendations for future public use, resource management, and educational and recreational opportunities for a defined study area and several public land units along the Potomac River. The public lands include Purse State Park, Maryland Point (former Naval Observatory), the Wilson Farm, and Douglas Point in Charles County, Maryland.

Situated only one hour from Washington D.C. along the Potomac River, this area is one of the most ecologically and culturally significant landscapes remaining in the State of Maryland. Migratory waterfowl and wading birds find shelter and abound in over ten miles of undisturbed shoreline, and an extensive network of wetlands and forests also harbor some of Marylandís finest examples of rare and endangered plants and animals. The regionís outstanding natural attributes are equally matched by its archeological resources and history Ėvestiges of early Native American sites offer a rare insight into indigenous cultures well prior to European settlement, and dozens of sunken ships lie in Mallows Bay along the Potomac.

 

 

 

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