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Healthy & Safe Swimming Week

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.

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Keep Maryland Beautiful Program Awards $160,000 in Grants

49 Recipients Get Funds for Local Cleanup and Conservation Activities

Parks & People Foundation’s paid internship program, Branches, received a grant for its work engaging low-income high school students in cleaning neighborhoods, creating green spaces and maintaining parks.

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.

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New Playground Opens in Patapsco Valley State Park

Environmentally-Friendly Play Space Accessible to All

One of Maryland’s oldest state parks is set to unveil a brand-new amenity, a completely reconstructed playground with up-to-date features.

The new Hollofield Play Space at Patapsco Valley State Park will contain nature-based elements, such as simulated hollow logs, tree stumps, rocks and toadstools. Read more…

Baltimore and Hyattsville Receive Grants to Address Flooding

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…

Colonial Waterbirds Return to Ocean City Islands

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…

Weekly Fishing Report

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…

Kent County Farm Protected Along Scenic Byway

679-Acre Easement Preserves Agricultural Land, Scenic Views, Wildlife Habitat

The Maryland Environmental Trust and Eastern Shore Land Conservancy have permanently protected 679 acres of farmland and forestland along the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway. Read more…

Park Service Recruiting Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

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.

The program is seeking recruits to participate in the 11-month effort, beginning in September 2017 and ending in early August 2018. Apply today. Read more…

Maryland Free Fishing Days Set June and July

Unique Opportunity to Learn or Rediscover the Sport

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites residents to participate in the state’s three, free fishing days in 2017: June 3, June 10 and July 4.

They provide a unique opportunity to fish the state’s waters without obtaining a fishing license, stamp or registration. Read more…

Record Muskie Caught in Washington County

Tessa Cosens Hauls in 32.5-Pound Fish

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources confirmed a Washington County woman has set a new muskellunge (muskie) nontidal state fishing record.

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…

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