Press Release

BALTIMORE (June 21, 1999) -- Enjoy the natural beauty, bountiful wildlife, and untouched scenic marshlands of South Dorchester County in an exciting bike tour of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, June 26, 8a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Tidewater Environmental Health Association (TEHA), an Eastern Shore based professional environmental association, is sponsoring this bike tour to benefit a 1999 Multimedia Environmental Issues Conference, which will be held October 15. The conference will be co-sponsored by the association and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The cost of the bike tour will be $15 per person, or $25 per family. There will be free admission through the Refuge Wildlife Drive area, free water bottles, free refreshments at rest stations, free t-shirts to the first 50 participants who arrive, a 50-50 drawing, and more!

Join in the fun, excitement and challenge of this bike tour. Four bike tour loops are available: a five-mile loop through the Wildlife Drive at the Refuge; a 20-mile loop north of the Refuge; a 25-mile loop south of the Refuge through the beautiful scenic marshlands of South Dorchester County; and for the really advanced bikers, a challenging 45-mile loop which completely encircles the Refuge.

To register for this event, contact Mary Phipps-Dickerson of the Wicomico County Environmental Health Department at (410)546-4446; or Bill Schmidt of MDE at(410)631-3016 in Baltimore or Pam Sultenfus of MDE's Centreville Regional Office at (410)758-5020.