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Maryland Fishing Challenge Heats Up

More than 500 anglers eligible for cash and prizes

Last year's boat package winner, Rick Snider of Biglerville, Pa. Prize sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats.

Last year’s boat package winner, Rick Snider of Biglerville, Pa. Prize sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats.


Landing a big fish in Maryland could also land anglers big prizes, including cash, a powerboat, a tropical vacation, tackle packages, and Under Armour and Costa gear. Hosted by DNR and now in its eleventh year, the Maryland Fishing Challenge continues to showcase Maryland as a premier recreation destination with anglers reporting excellent fishing from the Appalachian Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Read more…


Stay Safe on the Water: What to Know Before You Go

Lifegaurd at Sandy Point State Park Whether jet skiing across the Bay or surfing the waves of the Atlantic, there is no better relief from a hot Maryland day than a cool, refreshing dip in the water. With Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer right around the corner, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds swimmers, boaters, anglers — everyone headed out on the water — to develop a precautionary safety and rescue plan and know the following tips before heading out. Read more…


Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Awarded to Environmental Groups

Former Keep Maryland Beautiful recipient Blue Water Baltimore, in partnership with Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc. and Cross Country Elementary School, led a project to replace 18,000 square feet of blacktop with grass, trees and a new playground, eliminating several hundred thousand gallons of storm water runoff.

Former Keep Maryland Beautiful recipient, Blue Water Baltimore, and partners led a project at Cross Country Elementary School to replace 18,000 sq. feet of blacktop with grass, trees and a new playground, eliminating several hundred thousand gallons of storm water runoff.

The Maryland Environmental Trust awarded a total of $9,600 to nonprofits, community groups and schools across the state to restore streamside habitats, create gardens and educate citizens about the environment as part of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program.   Read more…


Farmers Market at DNR in Annapolis Kicks Off June 4

peaches, blackberries and tomatoes The Anne Arundel County Farmers Market located just outside of downtown Annapolis is back and ready to provide residents with fresh fruits, vegetables and homemade goodies all summer long! Starting June 4, the market will run from 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday through September 3.  Read more…


Governor Hogan Helps NRP Welcome New Water Safety Mascot

Gov. Larry Hogan and his dog Lexi help welcome Splash, NRP's Water Safety mascot, during a lighthearted weekend ceremony on the Government House lawn.

Gov. Larry Hogan and his dog Lexi help welcome Splash, NRP’s new water safety mascot, during a lighthearted weekend ceremony on the Government House lawn.

Two decades after arriving in Maryland from his native bamboo forest to help spread the water safety message for the Natural Resources Police, mascot PFD Panda has announced his retirement.

In a lighthearted weekend ceremony on the lawn of Government House, Governor Larry Hogan and his dog, Lexi, helped welcome Splash the Water Safety Dog, PFD Panda’s replacement. Read more…


MET Names Conservation Award Winners and Grant Recipients

Michelle Grafton, MET Land Trust Coordinator; Charlie Conklin with Gunpowder Valley Conservancy; Miriam Avins with Baltimore Green Space; Hal Delaplane with Conservancy for Charles County; Richard Post with Harford Land Trust; Victoria Bauer with Lower Shore Land Trust; Sarah Knebel with Scenic Rivers Land Trust; and Sandy Hertz, Deputy Director of SHA’s Office of Environmental Design.

As part of its annual awards, the Maryland Environmental Trust granted $27,000 to land preservation groups statewide. MET announced the award and grant winners during its 15th annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference, held April 30 and May 1 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights. Read more…


DNR Regional Service Centers Will Be Closed Friday

State parks and lands will remain open

Two Rangers on a golf cart. Photo by Tammy McCorkle

Photo by Tammy McCorkle

All Maryland Department of Natural Resources offices, including regional service centers, will be closed Friday, May 22 for a Service Reduction Day. Maryland State Parks and other DNR-managed public lands will remain staffed and open to the public. Read more…


NRP Steps Up Patrols As Boating Season Gets Underway

Officer Kristen McFarland checks a jet skier's fishing license

NRP Officer Kristen McFarland checks a jet skier’s fishing license

With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers will be stepping up enforcement of state maritime laws as part of National Safe Boating Week, May 16-22. Read more…


Blotter: NRP Investigating Illegal Commercial Fishing Operation in St. Mary’s County

Maryland Natural Resources Police officers are investigating an illegal commercial fishing operation at the mouth of the Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County that resulted in the harvesting of thousands of pounds of undersized croaker. Read more…


Snakeheads Found in Two Eastern Shore Ponds

Invasive catches eligible for prizes in the Maryland Fishing Challenge

snakehead being measured

In early April, anglers caught several northern snakehead fish from private ponds in Wicomico and Queen Anne’s counties. While surveying the pond in Wicomico County, Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologists found three more adult snakeheads. A DNR survey of the Queen Anne’s County pond turned up seven more, including subadult fish, which suggests that snakeheads are reproducing there. Read more…


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