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Money headed to two Jefferson projects from Byrd

July 24, 2000

Money headed to two Jefferson projects from Byrd



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., has included in a Department of Interior appropriations bill $6.4 million that would fund an new dormitory at the National Conservation Training Center near Shepherdstown and improvements to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, federal officials said Monday.

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About 30,000 people have been trained at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's National Conservation and Training Center since it opened in 1997 and demand for use of the complex continues to increase, interim director Mona Womack said Monday.

"We have great demand, and we're currently having to turn people away or put them up in town," Womack said.

The center facility along Shepherd Grade Road trains researchers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. It has also opened its doors for training of employees to other agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. National Park Service.

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The training center has three dormitories that can house 150. The money would finance a dormitory that could house 75 people, Womack said.

The $1.2 million set aside for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park would be used to renovate a maintenance facility on Taylor Street, said Park Superintendent Donald Campbell.

For 20 years, the maintenance department has been involved in managing the park and making improvements to the park, and now their physical plant needs upgrades, Campbell said.

The work will involve renovating shop areas, restrooms and making sure the facility meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, Campbell said.

The $6.2 million in funding for the two facilities is included in the U.S. Senate's version of the fiscal year 2001 Department of Interior appropriations bill, said Byrd spokesman Tom Gavin.

The House of Representatives will also draw up their version of an interior appropriations bill and both proposals will then go to a conferee committee, Gavin said.

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