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Weekly Fishing Report

This coming Saturday will be an exciting day for put and take trout fishermen throughout the state as closure 1 and 2 trout management waters open up for what can be considered the traditional opening day of Maryland’s trout season. This is a wonderful time to gather up the family or neighborhood kids for a rite of spring. If your trout fishing posse has some youngsters in it, be prepared with an extra set of dry footwear and pants. It goes without saying that kids near water will get wet and muddy, and will be smiling and laughing the whole time.

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Department Partners with St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy on Waterfront Property

Program Open Space Acquisition will Provide Access to Patuxent River 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the Board of Public Works unanimously approved the acquisition of 163 acres in St. Mary’s County to provide for the development of both active and passive recreational opportunities, and critically-important water access to the Patuxent River.

The property, known as the Snow Hill Farm, will be owned and managed by St. Mary’s County. Read more…

New Way to Plan Your Stay at Maryland State Parks

New Park Reservation System Goes Live April 3

The Maryland Park Service’s reservation system is transitioning to a new website — — starting at 9 a.m. April 3, 2017.

To allow for a smooth transition, the online reservation system will be unavailable from March 28 to April 2. During that time, existing park reservations will be transferred to the new system.

Walk-in reservations will continue to be accepted during the transition period. Read more…

Last Winter Garrison at Fort Frederick State Park

Weekend Event Offers Firsthand Look at French and Indian War

For the last time until May, visitors to Fort Frederick State Park can get firsthand experience of life at the fort during the French and Indian War as members of the recreated 17th Company of the Virginia Regiment “Gist’s Scouts” garrison the fort.

Living historians will demonstrate life of the Virginia Provincials at Fort Frederick from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26. This will be the last “winter garrison” of the year; garrisons are also held at the park from May through October. Read more…

Cambridge Man Permanently Banned from Oyster Harvesting

An oysterman lost his license, a deer poacher was sentenced under a new state law, and a man accused of stealing state park passes and waterfowl hunting stamps was arrested in recent cases handled by the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Todd Hamilton RuarkA Cambridge man with a history of natural resources violations has been permanently banned from harvesting oysters by an administrative law judge.

Todd Hamilton Ruark, 36, was cited by officers for power dredging in a hand tong-only area of the Tred Avon River Dec. 13, and again Dec. 19. Read more…

Natural Resources Careers Camp Accepting Applicants

Annual Weeklong Program Offered for Grades 9-12

High school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management are invited to join teens at Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 23 to 29 at Hickory Environmental Education Center in Garrett County.

Experts from a variety of conservation and natural resources fields will provide campers with a firsthand look at what it takes for a career in natural resources. Read more…

Governor Larry Hogan Commemorates Grand Opening of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Governor Commits to Full Funding of Harriet Tubman Statue on State House Grounds

In honor of Harriet Tubman Day, Governor Larry Hogan today announced the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland. The governor joined nearly 500 guests for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including descendants of Harriet Ross Tubman, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, and county and state officials. Harriet Tubman Day is celebrated annually, both nationally and in Maryland, on March 10. Read more…

Wildfire Risks Heightened with Drought Warning in Several Maryland Counties

Spring is Peak Season for Wildland Fire

Wildfire season has begun in Maryland, and the Department of Natural Resources is urging extra precautions in light of a drought warning across parts of the state.

“We’ve already battled a number of wildfires and had several high risk days,” Maryland Forest Service State Fire Supervisor Monte R. Mitchell said. “The occasional wet day won’t be enough to eliminate the threat of fire. During a drought warning, it’s best to avoid outdoor burning, take extra caution handling machinery that is gas-powered or could spark, and properly discard of smoking material. It doesn’t take much for dry grasses to ignite and become a serious problem.”

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Riparian Property Owners Now Can Apply for Shoreline Licensing

Deadline to License Waterfowl Blinds is May 31

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that owners of riparian, or waterfront, property can renew or apply for offshore blind and shoreline licensing by May 31, 2017.

Anyone who owns or has an owners’ permission to use riparian property may license their shorelines to establish stationary blinds or blind sites for hunting waterfowl, or to prevent others from licensing the shoreline at a later date. Read more…

Striped Bass Season Opens April 15

Maryland Anglers Get Ready to Rockfish

The 2017 spring season for the state fish, striped bass, kicks off April 15 in Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries.

Recreational fishing opportunities for rockfish – as striped bass is known locally – will run from 5 a.m. April 15 through midnight May 15, with a catch limit of one fish per person, per day, 35 inches or larger. Read more…

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