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Governor Larry Hogan’s Budget Fully Funds Bay Restoration and Land Conservation Programs

Hogan Administration Continues Strong Support for Environment and Natural Resources

Photo of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Natural Resources Secretary Mark BeltonGovernor Larry Hogan’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2019 continues to demonstrate his administration’s strong support for Chesapeake Bay restoration and the preservation and protection of Maryland’s environment and natural resources.

“Actions speak louder than words and the governor’s budget can be heard loud and clear,” Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “Governor Hogan’s historic and targeted investments in bay restoration, land conservation and recreation programs are essential to our state’s progress meeting our Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement goals.” Read more…

Maryland Environmental Trust Protects Scenic Farm in Carroll County

Donation Conserves Scenic Farmland and Forest

Photo of protected scenic Hale property in Carroll CountyThe Maryland Environmental Trust has permanently protected a 45-acre property in northeast Carroll County.

Lewis M. Hale donated a conservation easement to protect prime agricultural land, forest and scenic views along Lineboro Road. The easement also protects a tributary of Muddy Creek.

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Five Conservation Easements Protect 337 Acres in Baltimore County

Maryland Environmental Trust Accept Multiple Land Donations

Photo of Fenwick farm property in Baltimore County, donated for conservation

The Maryland Environmental Trust accepted donations of five conservation easements in Baltimore County in December 2017 that permanently protect 337 acres of farm, forest, historic and scenic lands.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to work with these forward-thinking landowners and our local community partners to help them achieve their goals for safeguarding these important pieces of our cultural and natural heritage,” Maryland Environmental Trust Director Bill Leahy said. Read more…

Community Resilience Grant Information Sessions Scheduled

Department Experts to Answer Questions about Funding Local Projects

Photo of Conquest Preserve waterfrontThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources is hosting four information sessions in two locations for local communities and nonprofits wishing to apply for funding through the Community Resilience Grant program in the coming fiscal year.

The department invites local partners to propose projects to prepare for coastal flooding, storms and other climate-related impacts, and to enhance community resiliency and sustainability through natural, nature-based and green infrastructure.

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Maryland Winter Turkey Season Opens Jan. 18

Hunters Get another Chance to Bag a Wild Turkey

Photo of wild turkey in winter

Photo by Lori R. Bramble

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is offering another opportunity for hunters this winter. Winter turkey hunting season runs Jan. 18-20 statewide, giving hunters that did not bag a turkey in the fall another chance.

The department established the winter season in 2015 in an effort to increase turkey hunting opportunities while minimizing conflicts with other seasons.

“Wild turkey populations are at all-time highs in many areas,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “This season offers a great opportunity for hunters to get outdoors when other popular hunting seasons are closed or winding down.”

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Maryland Icebreaker Comes to Aid of Tangier Island

J. Millard Tawes Clears Ice for Neighbors in Need

Photo of ice in Tangier SoundThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources buoy tender M/V J. Millard Tawes conducted emergency icebreaking operations to Tangier Island, Virginia, answering a call for help from our neighboring state. The crucial mission helped deliver food, fuel, mail, medications and other essential items to the island, which like nearby Smith Island, Maryland is usually only accessible by water. The Tawes sailed from Crisfield Thursday morning following a request coordinated through the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard. Additional photos here. Read more…

Duck Hunter Rescued From Icy Patapsco River

River Rescue, Illegal Hunting Top Natural Resources Police Activities

Maryland Natural Resources Police logoAn Anne Arundel County man was rescued Thursday morning from the ice-clogged Patapsco River as he clung to the his overturned kayak.

Randall Heath, 46, of Pasadena fell from his boat while duck hunting about a quarter-mile offshore. His life jacket did not inflate and could not get back inside. A Maryland Natural Resources Police officer patrolling nearby heard emergency radio calls from Anne Arundel Fire Department and launched a patrol boat from Stoney Creek. Battling through ice floes up to six inches think, the officer reached the scene in 15 minutes. Read more…

Maryland Natural Resources Annual Photo Contest

15th Annual Photo Contest Runs Now Through Aug. 31

2017 Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner, American Wigeon by Nikunj Patel

2017 Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner, “American Wigeon” by Nikunj Patel

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual photo contest. Photographers – novice or professional – can enter online or by mail for the chance to win cash and other great prizes.

Winning entries will be posted online, featured in an issue of the seasonal Maryland Natural Resource magazine, and placed in the 2019 wall calendar.

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Partners Preserve 104 Acres in Harford County

Otter Creek Preserve Protected Forever

Photo of protected woodland known as Otter Creek Preserve in Harford County

The Maryland Environmental Trust partnered with the Harford Land Trust to permanently protect a 104-acre woodland tract in Edgewood.

The land trust gifted the conservation easement to ensure the area’s rich ecological resources and scenic land along Willoughby Beach Road were safeguarded for the benefit of future generations. Read more…

The ABCs of Trout Fishing

Photo of: Boy near river holding trout

Photo by Devin Angleberger

There will be a lot of trout fishing opportunities in the next couple of months, offering some great ultra-light fishing fun.

A light spinning rod and reel is one of the best outfits to use with monofilament fishing line of 4- or 6-pound test line.

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AccessDNR January 2018

The January 2018 edition of a monthly video newsletter hosted by Anna Lucente-Hoffmann.