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Federal grant to be used for Frederick parkland

WASHINGTON — A $950,000 federal grant will help fund the creation of a 10-mile natural corridor linking parks in Frederick County.

Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced the matching National Parks Service grant on Wednesday. The funding, combined with $1 million from the state, will help the Maryland Natural Resources acquire 382 acres of new parkland. That land will link Catoctin Mountain Park, Thurmont Watershed, Cunningham Falls Park, Frederick Municipal Forest and Gambrill State Park.

The senators said the new corridor would give the public access to more than 21,000 acres for hiking, biking, camping and fishing.