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Fort Frederick Hosts French and Indian War Muster

Photo of Reenactors Marching

Fort Frederick State Park will take visitors back in time to the French and Indian War with volunteer re-enactors portraying French, British and American Indians of that time period.

The French and Indian War Muster will take place Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read more…

Early August 2017 Hypoxia Report

Photo of: Orange sunset over Bay Bridge

photo by by Krystle Chick

Dissolved oxygen conditions in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay mainstem were much better than average for early August, reports the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The hypoxic water volume (areas with less than 2 mg/l oxygen) was 0.91 cubic miles, which is much smaller than the early August 1985-2016 average of 1.31 cubic miles. No anoxic zones (areas with less than 0.2 mg/l oxygen) were detected.

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Chesapeake Forest Hunting Lottery Now Open

Deadline for Hunt Clubs to Enter Lottery is Aug. 23

Maryland forestHunt clubs interested in obtaining a hunting lease agreement on Chesapeake Forest Lands can enter a lottery for individual, non-leased tracts in Dorchester, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will accept online entries until Aug. 23.

“Hunting is an important part of our overall land management strategy for sustaining Chesapeake Forest Lands,” Maryland Forest Service Director Don VanHassent said. “I encourage our responsible partners in the hunting community to take part in this lottery.” Read more…

Weekly Fishing Report: August 16

Photo of: Child on pier holding up a striped bass

Brody Laffoon proves that you can also score while fishing from shore as he holds up this nice striped bass he caught off the Downs Park Fishing Pier. Photo by Kevin Laffoon.

Although the waters of the lower Susquehanna River and Flats area are still showing some stained water, it is a big improvement from last week’s conditions. Slowly the early morning striped bass bite at the dam pool is improving. Around the edges of the Susquehanna Flats, the early morning topwater action has been a mix of striped bass and largemouth bass. There are plenty of channel catfish in the area and those fishing with other lures mention that hungry catfish will chase down a soft plastic swimshad, a crankbait or even a jerkbait in a heartbeat. Read more…

Maryland Provides First-Time Hunters Opportunity to Experience Sport

Low-Cost Apprentice Hunting Licenses Now Available

Photo of a mentored huntThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering a new hunting license for first-time hunters. The Apprentice Hunting License is available to residents and nonresidents of any age who never held a Maryland hunting license.

The apprentice license is $10 for residents and $20 for nonresidents, and provides the same privileges as other Maryland hunting licenses. It allows anyone interested in hunting a one-time chance to try the sport before committing to the more lengthy process of obtaining a traditional hunting license.

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Natural Resources Police Investigate Drowning of Silver Spring Man

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating the drowning of a Silver Spring man who was swimming at Swallow Falls State Park Sunday afternoon. Read more…

Late July 2017 Hypoxia Report

Photo of: Orange sunset over Bay Bridge

photo by by Krystle Chick

Due to weather and other factors that influenced sampling, there will be no official late-July Maryland Chesapeake Bay hypoxia volume estimation.

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Maryland Gets Ready for 2017 Solar Eclipse on August 21

State to Experience 80 Percent Coverage of the Sun; Public Lands Offer Viewing Opportunities

Map of Total Solar Eclipse over

Map Courtesy NASA

One of the most anticipated celestial events of our time happens Aug. 21 when the moon passes between the earth and sun, creating a total eclipse visible through a large swath of the United States. Although Maryland is not in the path of totality, skies will darken that afternoon and there will be plenty of opportunity to experience a true wonder of the natural world.

Many people from around the globe are traveling to various points along the path of the moon’s shadow, which will run from Oregon to South Carolina, to see the total eclipse. Maryland will experience a partial eclipse that will obscure about 80 percent of sun throughout the state at peak.

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Dozens of Charges Filed in String of Deer Poaching Incidents in Garrett County

Photo of Maryland Natural Resources Police carFive Garrett County men were arrested after officers uncovered deer poaching activities that began in 2016 and continued into this year.

Acting on tips from the public and social media posts, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers were able to connect a string of illegal hunting incidents. Last month, officers served search warrants on homes in Garrett County before filing the following charges:

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Port Deposit and Talbot County Awarded Working Waterfront Grants

Funds Help Enhance and Preserve Maryland’s Maritime Communities

Photo of a docked antique work boat at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Talbot County

Photo by Sharon Diehl

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has awarded Talbot County and the Town of Port Deposit with financial and technical assistance for projects through the Working Waterfronts Program.

With a $50,000 grant for each, these projects are slated to begin in October with the goal of enhancing and preserving their waterfront communities.

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AccessDNR August 2017
The August 2017 edition of a monthly video newsletter hosted by Anna Lucente-Hoffmann.