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Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area Now 773 Acres Larger

Myrtle nrmaThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources has increased the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area, located in Charles County, by more than 30 percent. The new 773-acre parcel, known as the Pomfret Tract, is now open to the public. With this addition, Myrtle Grove encompasses 2,496 acres and has replaced Cedar Point as the largest Wildlife Management Area in the Southern Maryland.   Read more

Love Maryland’s Outdoors? There’s an App for That!

DNR launches mobile app featuring recreation opportunities and news updates

AccessDNR App

AccessDNR App

Enjoying Maryland’s great outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app! The AccessDNR app provides the State’s hunters, anglers, boaters, park-goers ─ anyone seeking outside adventure ─ all of the latest in nature-related recreation, information and news right at their fingertips.

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23
Apr

Color Maryland Green Contest Names Winners

(L to R) MDE Secretary Bob Summers, Grand Prize Winner Kern Lee of Gaithersburg, and DNR Secretary Joe Gill

Grand prize artwork to be featured on Bay Game cover

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill, and the Department of the Environment Secretary Bob Summers, today announced the winners of the Color Maryland Green contest at an award ceremony at Tawes Garden in Annapolis. The top 10 creations were chosen from 120 contestants, grades K-12, who submitted original artwork and poetry inspired by their appreciation for the State’s natural world. The grand prize winner was Fragaria and Oriole by Kern Lee of Gaithersburg, which will be featured on the cover of the 2014-2015 Maryland Bay GameRead more »

23
Apr

Last Call for State Tree Nursery Orders

Photo of Nursery Entrance sign Who: Private Landowners in Maryland and Delaware
When: Now through May 1, 2014
Where: Online at dnr.md.gov/forests/nursery
Contact: 1-800-873-3763 or seedlingsales@dnr.state.md.us

 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery is still accepting seedling orders, now through Thursday, May 1. There are many tree species available to meet a variety of aesthetic and environmental needs. Read more »

22
Apr

NRP to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

When: Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Select NRP Offices
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Free
Contact: 1-800-882-9539
 

The Maryland Natural Resources Police warns that keeping outdated medication could lead to abuse or accidental ingestion and flushing it can harm Maryland’s water quality and underwater life. NRP encourages citizens to bring their unwanted medicine to select area offices as a part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Read more »

22
Apr

Dan’s Mountain State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo

Who: Youth 16 and under
Where: Dan’s Mountain State Park, 17410 Recreation Area Road SW, Lonaconing
When: Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 301-895-5453
 

Young anglers of all skill levels are invited to enjoy a morning of fun and fishing at Dan’s Mountain State Park’s annual Youth Fishing Rodeo.

“The Fishing Rodeo is a great opportunity for kids to learn and enjoy the sport of fishing in a pressure-free environment,” said Park Ranger Luke Mongrain. Read more »

22
Apr

Patapsco Valley State Park to Host Family Fun Day

Ranger Bode shows a screech owl at a Scales & Tales Program


When: Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Patapsco Valley State Park, 5120 South Street, Halethorpe
Cost: Free with coupon
Contact: 410-465-3287
Who: Open to the Public
 

Patapsco Valley State Park staff invites visitors to join them for an afternoon of crafts, a Scales & Tales live animal display, relay races, tree plantings, disc golf, nature programs and more!

“We invite everyone to help us kick off spring and summer at Patapsco Valley State Park with free entry, family-friendly activities, and exploration of the park’s diverse outdoor opportunities,” said Volunteer Coordinator Donna Seymour. “We have something for all ages and interests so come by and check it out!” Read more »

21
Apr

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police charged three men with hunting and boating violations this past weekend. Read more »

18
Apr

Maryland, Virginia Team Up to Halt Internet Oyster Operation

Natural Resources Police LogoA Princess Anne man was charged Thursday, April 17, with selling oysters without a license after an investigation by Maryland and Virginia natural resources police officers.

Christopher Shawn Jester, 31, was advertising on the Internet that he was selling “wild-caught” oysters harvested in Virginia. Jester has a Virginia aquaculture license that allows him to sell oysters from aquaculture beds only to a licensed seafood dealer.

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18
Apr

Lanham Man Pleads Guilty to Poaching 228 Undersized Striped Bass

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A bucket of striped bass.

A Lanham man pleaded guilty Friday, April 18, in Annapolis District Court to charges he caught 228 undersized striped bass during a fishing trip last summer.

Jose R. Amaya Chicas, 34, was fined $2,000 and given probation before judgment.

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18
Apr

NRP Honors Officers, Promotes 25 in Annual Awards Ceremony

NRP Officers at Annual Awards Ceremony

NRP Officers at Annual Awards Ceremony
L-R: Sgt. Charles Simmons, Cpl. Rick Starliper, Officer First Class James Seward and Senior Officer Hubert Brohawn III

The Maryland Natural Resources Police promoted 25 officers and recognized the outstanding work of two dozen other officers and allied agencies at its annual awards ceremony Thursday night, April 17, at Chesapeake College. 

“Your service, your commitment, your dedication make all of us proud to call ourselves Marylanders,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley in a recorded address. “Every time you put on your uniforms and walk out the door, you do so in order to serve our citizens and you personify the core values of the NRP: Integrity, dedication, professionalism and courtesy.”

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17
Apr

NRP, Good Samaritans Rescue Six Boaters from Magothy River

Mishap serves as a reminder to always wear a life jacket

A Maryland Natural Resources Police officer and two Good Samaritans in a sailboat battled gusty winds, three-foot waves and bone-chilling water temperatures to rescue six people, all of whom were wearing a lifejacket, from a sinking boat in the Magothy River last weekend.  Read more »