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The National Park Service is helping Maryland create a 10-mile natural corridor connecting parks in Frederick County.
Maryland's U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin say the NPS is supplying a $950,000 matching grant. That money, combined with $1 million from the state, will help the Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquire 382 acres of new parkland. It will link other public land, including Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont Watershed, Cunningham Falls Park, Frederick Municipal Forest and Gambrill State Park.
The senators, both Democrats, say the new corridor will give the public easier access to more than 21,000 acres for hiking, biking, camping, and fishing.