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Fair Hill Makes Short List to Host International Equestrian Event

Open House Scheduled for February

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce that Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area in Cecil County has been identified as a possible venue to host a world-class equestrian event. The United States Equestrian Federation announced this week that Fair Hlil and one other facility are in the running to host a proposed 4* event in the fall of 2019. Read more…

Tuckahoe State Park Complex Hosts Volunteer Night

Active and New Volunteers Welcomed Jan. 27

The Maryland Park Service will host a volunteer recognition event the evening of Jan. 27 at Martinak State Park in Denton.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with a dinner at the Nature Center and will conclude with an awards presentation for all active volunteers. Read more…

Ocean City Man Charged in Fatal Boating Accident

A fatal boating accident investigation, a hunter interference case and illegal oystering topped the list of incidents handled recently by the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

An Ocean City man has been charged with multiple boating violations in connection with an accident that lead to the death of a 9-year-old boy. Read more…

Scenic Somerset County Property Protected

150-Acre Easement Includes Waterfront

A Somerset County couple recently donated a conservation easement that permanently protects more than 150 acres, including a mile of waterfront property along the Big Annemessex River.
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Memorial Fund to Honor Maryland Preservationist John Hutson

Maryland Environmental Trust Fund to Help Spur Interest in Land Conservation

A memorial fund has been established to honor the late John E. Hutson, who passed away last year after a six-year battle with cancer.

Hutson served 23 years with the Maryland Environmental Trust, where he was responsible for negotiating, drafting and processing easements that conserved 43,500 acres of farm, forest, historic and open space land. Read more…

Department Develops Oyster Sustainability Project

Private-Public Partnership Focuses on Conservation and Economics

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is working to establish an economically-productive and sustainable oyster harvesting cooperative in Anne Arundel County.

With funding from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the comprehensive private-public partnership will enhance the long-term business and economic viability of watermen while addressing oyster restoration and water quality goals.

The effort supports the Hogan administration’s commitment to enhancing, protecting and restoring Maryland’s environment and natural resources while simultaneously fostering economic opportunity and job growth. Read more…

New State Park Reservation System Launches in Spring

Vendor Hiring Workers in Maryland; Consumers Save Money

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has contracted with a new vendor to manage reservations for the state park system. CAMIS, a company with 17 years of experience providing reservation solutions, is scheduled to start providing services in Maryland this spring.

Approved by the Board of Public Works in November, the new contractor seeks to expand its footprint in Maryland while also reducing reservation fees at most state parks. Transaction fees will decrease by nearly 50 percent for the average customer who stays 2.5 nights. Read more…

Winter Turkey Hunting Season to Open

Turkeys Can be Harvested Statewide Jan. 19-21

Maryland’s winter turkey hunting season will be open Jan. 19-21 statewide, allowing hunters that didn’t bag a turkey in the fall another opportunity.

The season was established in 2015 to provide hunters an opportunity to harvest turkeys outside the traditional spring season.
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Icebreaking Vessel Opens Path to Smith Island

The J. Millard Tawes is One of Four Icebreakers on Call

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources this week dispatched its vessel, the J. Millard Tawes, to break ice on the water route to Smith Island, opening the vital link between the island and nearby Crisfield Harbor. Read more…

Police Cite One for Illegal Oystering; Catch Two Deer Poachers

Illegal oyster harvesting and deer poaching topped the list of cases handled recently by Maryland Natural Resources Police officers.

A St. Mary’s County man was charged Friday with multiple violations of regulations after he was seen harvesting oysters inside a sanctuary. Read more…

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