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County Executive John R. Leopold Announces Plummer House Opens at Jug Bay

Annapolis (April 22, 2008) - County Executive John R. Leopold announces the opening of the Plummer House at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian, Maryland. Since coming into office, County Executive John R. Leopold has moved to preserve five properties totaling approximately 85-acres of parkland adjacent or in close proximity to Jug Bay. The Plummer House dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Saturday April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and is open to the public. Hay rides, nature hikes and demonstrations for families will follow the ceremony.

"I am pleased to see that this once-deteriorating building has been brought back to life," said County Executive John R. Leopold. "Now, environmental enthusiasts in Anne Arundel County can use this venue to benefit from the services and information it will provide."

Anne Arundel County appropriated approximately $100,000 along with an $85,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to completely renovate the house that is situated on the Parris Glendening Nature Preserve. Park volunteers put in over a thousand hours in helping the project become a reality. The facility will be used as a contact and information center for nature lovers, education programs and a field station for researchers. It will also serve as office space for state and county staff members and volunteers.

Anne Arundel County, Department of Recreation and Parks, operates the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary. One of the County park system’s jewels, the Sanctuary includes over 1,400 acres of tidal fresh wetlands, forests, meadows and fields along the Patuxent River. For further information regarding the Sanctuary, visit the Jug Bay website or contact the park office at (410) 741-9330.


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