Natural Resources News
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Cites Department for Advancing the Science of Restoration
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.
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…
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.