News from the DNR Office of Communications

Fort Frederick State Park To Host Outdoor Woman’s Life Program

Pearre, Md. (June 6, 2011) — Pheasants Forever, a non-profit organization, will host an Outdoor Woman’s Life program from June 10 to 12 at the historic Woodmont Lodge at Fort Frederick State Park complex.

“This program strives to teach participants to practice conservation methods and encourages women and children to enjoy outdoor experiences,” said Park Ranger Andrew Vecchio.

The Woodmont Lodge, built in 1930 as the third building on the grounds of what was then known as the Woodmont Rod & Gun Club, and its property are owned and maintained by the state of Maryland. The lodge is open to the public on two Saturdays each year.

The lodge is located at 11761 Woodmont Road, Pearre MD. Participants must register in advance by calling 410-756-6579. Disabled access is limited.

For more information about the Fort Frederick State Park complex, please call the park at 1-301-842-2155 during the office hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.

The Fort Frederick State Park complex is the home of Fort Frederick, Maryland’s premier stone fort. It was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect its western boundaries and as a base to attack French claims to the Ohio River Valley. The Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area and the Western Maryland Rail Trail are part of the Fort Frederick State Park complex.

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.


   June 7, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov