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Rail Trail Takes Twists and Turns to Accomodate Bats

"We will be bypassing the tunnels to protect the bats threatened by the deadly White Nose Syndrome," said Stubbs.

HANCOCK, Md. - Continued progress on the Western Maryland Rail Trail will take a few twists and turns in order to accommodate bats.

The Western Maryland Rail Trail which goes in and out of Maryland and West Virginia attracts walkers, joggers and cyclists year round. 

"We're excited to work with Maryland to extend the trail. They will begin construction this year," said Chris Stubbs of the National Park Service.

However the trail will be altered.

"We will be bypassing the tunnels to protect the bats threatened by the deadly White Nose Syndrome," said Stubbs.

Stubbs says the approved funding will take the trail to Little Orleans, Maryland and at the same time protect the bat's habitat. 

"The state of Maryland is telling us that it is the most important bat habitat," said Stubbs.

The Western Maryland Rail Trail is currently a 22.5 mile long trail from Fort Frederick to Pearre Station, Maryland. 

 
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