Natural Resources News
Maryland Promotes Safe Fun in the Water
National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week runs May 22-28, 2017, the week leading up to Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. The Secretaries of Maryland’s Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Environment and Natural Resources encourage all Marylanders to take note of swimming safety tips to ensure a safe and healthy swimming experience – no matter where they swim.
49 Recipients Get Funds for Local Cleanup and Conservation Activities
The Maryland Environmental Trust has awarded 49 Keep Maryland Beautiful grants totaling over $160,000 to municipalities, nonprofits and schools for beautification projects, community cleanup activities and environmental education programs throughout the state.
Nineteen counties and Baltimore City received the grants, an annual program funded by the Maryland Environmental Trust, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.
Environmentally-Friendly Play Space Accessible to All
Community Resiliency Grant Program Allocates $200,000
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will provide $100,000 Community Resiliency Grants to the cities of Baltimore and Hyattsville to support green infrastructure projects designed to mitigate the impact of flooding.
“This grant program helps assure our inland communities are developing and implementing resiliency projects to address and prepare for extreme weather events, sea level rise and other threats,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “While primarily associated with coastal communities, building up ‘green infrastructure’ is a priority throughout the state.” Read more…
Conservation partners gear up for busy summer season
The Coastal Bays around Ocean City, Maryland, that are so popular with boaters and vacationers in the summer months, are also home to another kind of summer visitor – endangered species of beach-nesting birds like the Black Skimmer, Royal Tern and Common Tern. That’s why local conservation organizations and the state of Maryland are asking paddlers and boaters to give the birds a break from the bustle of human activity and stay off the islands where the birds nest. Read more…
Let the sun shine and warm the landscape and waters of Maryland this week. After several days of rain, cold temperatures and a root’n toot’n northeaster, I think we’re all ready for some dryer and warmer weather. The rain does bring out the green in everything, and this is a marvelous time of the year to be outdoors. Read more…
679-Acre Easement Preserves Agricultural Land, Scenic Views, Wildlife Habitat
The Maryland Conservation Corps Wants You!
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now recruiting 35 full-time individuals, between the ages of 17 to 25, for the Maryland Conservation Corps, an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive conservation and natural resource management projects that enhance Maryland’s public lands and waterways.
Unique Opportunity to Learn or Rediscover the Sport
They provide a unique opportunity to fish the state’s waters without obtaining a fishing license, stamp or registration. Read more…
Tessa Cosens Hauls in 32.5-Pound Fish
Tessa Cosens, 26, caught a muskie recorded at 32.5 pounds May 6 along the banks of the upper Potomac River in Washington County.
The record fish was 49 inches long with a 24-inch girth. Read more…