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Maryland Forest Service Project Manager Named Forester of the Year

Chosen Unanimously Among Peers in 20 States

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is proud to announce that Scott Daniels has been named Forester of the Year by the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters.

Daniels, of the Maryland Forest Service, works with private landowners who strive to be good stewards of their properties and care for the trees on their forested lands.

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Natural Resources Police Charge Suspected Arsonist

A West Virginia man has been arrested and charged in connection with a recent series of fires that damaged almost 58 acres in Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County.

Brian Chad Twigg, 19, of Paw Paw, West Virginia, was arrested on a warrant Monday and ordered held on a $5,000 bond at the Allegany County Detention Center. Twigg is charged with three counts each of malicious burning in the first-degree, a felony, malicious destruction of property and maliciously setting fires. Read more…

Underwater Grasses in Maryland’s Portion of Chesapeake Bay Expand 10 Percent in 2016

Record Acreage Surpasses Restoration Goal

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported today that underwater grass abundance – a key indicator of improving water clarity and quality – increased for the fourth straight year in the state’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay, reaching a record of 59,277 acres.

This represents a 10 percent increase from 2015, and also surpasses Maryland’s 2017 restoration goal of 57,000 acres one year ahead of schedule. Read more…

Weekly Fishing Report

After a few days of cool rainy weather, the sun is beginning to peek through, and warm or perhaps hot weather is predicted for the rest of the week. Read more…

New Waterfront Park and Regional Headquarters Slated for Calvert County

Board Approves Department Acquisition along Patuxent River

The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquisition of 1.83 acres in Calvert County that will consolidate department properties along the Patuxent River for the development of a new waterfront park and regional headquarters. Read more…

Center for Watershed Protection Honors Department for Innovation and Leadership

Cites Department for Advancing the Science of Restoration

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that was recently honored with an award for innovation and leadership from the nonprofit Center for Watershed Protection. Read more…

Environmental Protection Agency Accepting Comment on No-Discharge Zone

Chester River Could Be Designated This Year

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Department of the Environment, in cooperation with the Chester River Association, are in the final stages of their application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for designation of the Chester River and its tributaries as a no-discharge zone.

If approved, the river could be declared a no-discharge zone during the 2017 boating season.

The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comment now until April 27. Read more…

Police Handle Striped Bass and Turkey Cases

The opening of spring wild turkey earlier this week resulted in charges by the Maryland Natural Police against two men while officers continued striped bass enforcement efforts on the Eastern Shore.

On Tuesday, officers on patrol at 6:30 a.m. in Washington County issued citations to a Hagerstown man after finding cracked corn spread in front of his hunting blind. Read more…

Maryland Land Conservation Conference Set for June 8

Focus on Role of Land Trusts in Meeting Shared Conservation Challenges and Goals

The annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference will bring together land trusts, conservancies, local and state governments, heritage organizations, members of the agricultural community and other partners for a comprehensive discussion about the future of land conservation in our region.

The conference will be held June 8 at the Pearlstone Retreat and Conference Center.

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Weekly Fishing Report

Another Maryland spring time opening day has arrived and passed, and the fishing will only get better as the season progresses. The opening day of the spring trophy striped bass season was slow because most of the post-spawn fish have yet to exit the spawning rivers. The Maryland landscape is ablaze with flowering plants, bushes and trees which makes for very pleasant surroundings when fishing. The mosquitoes and biting flies have not yet emerged for the most part, and temperatures continue to be mild. All in all, a perfect time of the year to enjoy time outdoors; don’t let it slip by!

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