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Recreational Crabber Charged with Violations, Failing to Protect Turtles

Crab potsA St. Mary’s County man has been charged with possessing undersized crabs and failing to equip his crab pots with devices to prevent the drowning of diamondback terrapins. Read more…

Department Recruits Young Adults for Maryland Conservation Corps

Award-Winning AmeriCorps Program Provides Practical Experience and Skills

Maryland Conservation Corps

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now recruiting 17-25 year olds for the Maryland Conservation Corps, an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management and park conservation projects across the state.

The program seeks to hire 35 full-time crew members for an 11-month period, beginning in October 2016. Read more…

Impaired Boater Arrested; Maryland Gears Up for Operation Dry Water

Maryland Natural Resources Police boat

An overdue boater, who triggered an extensive search overnight Sunday by federal, state and local agencies, was located and charged with drunken operation, Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.

The incident in Calvert County is a reminder of the dangers of driving a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as officers gear up for the Operation Dry Water enforcement campaign this coming weekend. Read more…

Good Samaritan Helps Officers Rescue Crabber; Police Arrest Two for Impaired Boating

Maryland Natural Resources Police corral a runaway crab boat on the Wicomico as well as arrest two impaired boaters. Read more…

Governor Larry Hogan Announces $23.25 Million in Grants to Reduce Nonpoint Source Water Pollution

Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Sponsors 21 Projects

Restoration Project

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Department of Natural Resources has awarded grant funding, totaling $23.25 million, to reduce nonpoint source pollution through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. The Trust Fund directs funding to the most cost-effective and efficient projects in the state, with the goal of gaining the greatest reduction of pollution for the investment being made. Read more…

Black Bears Spotted in Suburban Maryland

Department Urges Residents to Take Commonsense Precautions

Black bearThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources would like to alert citizens that juvenile black bears have been seen wandering through the state’s more suburban areas this spring. There have been recent, confirmed bear sightings in Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties as juvenile bears disperse, or seek out a new territory. Read more…

Launch Steward Program Interdicts Zebra Mussels at Deep Creek Lake

Department Provides Tips to Prevent Spread of Aquatic Invasive SpeciesZebra Mussels

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels, an invasive species of shellfish, attached to the propeller and outboard motor of a pontoon boat attempting to launch at Deep Creek Lake State Park. Launch stewards, conducting voluntary boat inspections, identified the mussels earlier this month on a vessel last used on the Monongahela River, where zebra mussels are established. The stewards were able to intercept the boat prior to launch, and removed all visible zebra mussels for examination and inspection. Read more…

Calvert County Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty, Illegal Drugs

Ronald Gene Wexler

Ronald Gene Wexler

A Calvert County man was arrested Tuesday night and charged with animal cruelty and practicing veterinary medicine without a license in connection with his animal rehabilitation center.

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Six Communities Receive Flooding and Storm Event Funding

Federal, State Program Aids Local Governments


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that six communities were selected to receive Community Resiliency Grants to help local governments prepare for weather-related hazards, including flooding, storm events and sea level rise. The new funding will provide both financial and technical assistance to coastal and non-coastal areas throughout Maryland through the CoastSmart Communities and Green Infrastructure Resiliency programs.  Read more…

23 Maryland Parks and Playgrounds Receive Funding

Department of Natural Resources Now Accepting Grant Applications for Next YearCommunity park

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting grant applications from cities and towns looking to rehabilitate or enhance local parks and playgrounds in their communities. Funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program can be utilized to restore existing areas and features or to develop and expand new green spaces. Applications for Fiscal Year 2018 funding are due on Aug. 17. Read more…

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