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Local Recreational Projects Approved in Washington and Wicomico Counties

Two people kayaking among green forest

Kayaking in Green-Land by Saki

Governor Larry Hogan today announced Board of Public Works approval of recreational projects in Washington and Wicomico counties totaling $220,500 through Program Open Space.

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Maryland Adds to Rural Legacy Area in Allegany County

Farm in open field. Photo by Chris Platt.

Battlefield at Peace by Chris Platt

The State permanently preserved 43 acres of woodland and farmland, eliminating six developmental rights in Allegany County through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Larry Hogan and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement in the Mountain Ridge Rural Legacy area at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more…


Maryland Announces Preliminary Winter Turkey Season Results

Strutting by Lori R. Bramble

Strutting by Lori R. Bramble

Hunters reported taking 108 wild turkeys during Maryland’s inaugural winter turkey season that was open January 22-24 statewide. This season was established to provide hunters additional turkey hunting opportunities while minimizing conflicts with other hunting seasons. Read more…


NRP Charges Four Watermen with Oyster Violations

Natural Resources Police LogoFour Eastern Shore watermen were recently charged with state wildlife violations by Maryland Natural Resources Police officers. Read more…


DNR to Begin Spring Trout Stocking in February

Josh Henesy with DNR Fisheries stocks trout

Josh Henesy with DNR Fisheries stocks trout

Maryland Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists will begin stocking rainbow and brown trout in early February, depending on stream, ground and weather conditions. By the start of summer, more than 337,000 trout will have been released in about 130 streams and lakes statewide.

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Historic St. Mary’s City CWMA to Open to Deer Hunting

Two deer standing in high grass in front of a forest Starting January 24, there will be a new public hunting opportunity available in St. Mary’s County. The 170-acre Historic St. Mary’s City Cooperative Wildlife Management Area (CWMA) will be open to regulated deer hunting only. The site will follow the season dates and bag limits in the 2014-2015 Guide to Hunting and Trapping in MarylandRead more…


Beat Cabin Fever with Outdoor Fun!

DNR encourages Marylanders to connect with nature this winter

Do you have a case of the cold-weather blues? Often overlooked for outdoor adventure, winter offers a variety of sights, sounds and experiences that you just won’t find any other time – the quiet solitude, crisp air and easy to spot wildlife are just a few. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers a variety of ways to help you connect with nature this season, so what are you waiting for? Read more…


NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoFour men were charged over the past week with illegal hunting activities by Maryland Natural Resources Police officers in the Western Region. Read more…


Maryland Park Service, NRP Urge Ice Safety Awareness

Monty Cowan caught and released this 32-inch northern pike this past weekend while ice fishing in the Sky Valley area of Deep Creek Lake.

Monty Cowan caught and released this 32-inch northern pike while ice fishing in the Sky Valley area of Deep Creek Lake.

As winter reaches its coldest weeks, the Maryland Park Service and Natural Resources Police remind outdoors enthusiasts to stay smart and safe. Cold-weather hazards are hard to see ─ particularly at night ─ and even a small mistake can quickly turn an outing into a struggle to survive. Read more…


Four Maryland Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

Two deer in a forest The Maryland Department of Natural Resources received laboratory confirmation on January 16, 2015 that four additional white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), bringing the total number of overall positive cases to six. The deer, all male, were harvested in the CWD Management Area in Allegany County during the regular deer firearm season. Read more…


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