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Fall Foliage and Festival Report: November 18-19

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Welcome to the Fall Foliage and Festival Report for the weekend of Nov. 18-19, brought to you by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Office of Tourism.

Well the Maryland leaf peeper season is coming to a close. While there are some spots of red and yellow in St. Mary’s County and some oaks peaking in parts of central and southern Maryland, the consensus seems to be the leaves are falling very quickly.

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Hogan Administration Saves Harford County Residents Time with Combined Service Center

New Office Creates “One-Stop Shop” for Customers

Photo of customer service deskDelivering on the Hogan administration’s Customer Service Promise, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Deputy Secretary Jim Ports today joined Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Assistant Secretary Allan Fisher and Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration Administrator (MVA) Christine E. Nizer in officially unveiling a combined service center in Bel Air. Read more…


National Boating Award Bestowed on Department Employee

Fred Bedell Honored for Service to Maryland Boating Access

Photo of Fred Bedell holding awardThe States Organization for Boating Access recently awarded Maryland Department of Natural Resources employee Fred Bedell with the organization’s Outstanding Service Award. Bedell received the award in late August at the organization’s annual meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

Bedell was recognized for 45 years of service with the department, where he began as a bulkhead inspector before overseeing the maintenance of Maryland’s buoys, including the marking of navigation channels, speed zones and oyster bars. Read more…


Weekly Fishing Report: November 15

Photo of man holding striped bass

Jeremy Kaltreider was fishing with his older brother in the Chesapeake Bay over the weekend when he caught this beautiful striped bass. Photo by Joshua Kaltreider

Cold weekend temperatures have descended on just about every location in Maryland, putting an end to any summer plants and many of those pesky insects that were lingering into November. Cold weather is also pushing freshwater and saltwater fishing closer to a winter pattern. This is a time of great transition and great opportunity for those prepared for the change in weather.

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Temporary Closures along Western Maryland Rail Trail

Users Encouraged to Follow Posted Detours during Construction Project

Photo of bikers enjoying the Western Maryland Rail TrailSignificant project improvements along the Western Maryland Rail Trail will force temporary closures along sections of the trail between Nov. 27, 2017, and Jan. 27, 2018. This two-phase project will clean ditch lines and replace damaged guardrails and fencing along the trail.

“For the safety of those who enjoy the trail we ask that everyone follow the posted detours during the temporary closures,” Maryland Park Service Ranger Bob Study said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as this much needed work gets done.” Read more…


Input Sought for Idylwild Wildlife Management Area Plan

Public Comments Accepted Through Dec. 6

Photo of sunflower field at Idylwild Wildlife Management AreaThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the 15-year vision plan for Idylwild Wildlife Management Area, a 3,578-acre property in Caroline County.

The vision plan was developed to establish long-term goals, and maintain and manage public access for outdoor recreation and natural resource protection. It includes conserving, protecting and restoring sensitive wildlife habitats as well as creating and enhancing valuable habitat for game species.

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Natural Resources Police Cite Five for Illegal Hunting

Photo of Natural 1 helicopterOfficers on saturation patrol for illegal deer hunters in southern Caroline County charged a Delaware man Saturday night with spotlighting a field.

An observer aboard Natural 1, the Maryland Natural Resources Police helicopter, saw a vehicle slowly approach the intersection of Gregg and Ellwanger roads near the Maryland and Delaware state line. The vehicle then illuminated an adjacent field. Read more…


Nineteen New Rangers Join the Ranks of the Maryland Park Service

Diverse Group Graduated from Ranger School Nov. 10

Group of Newly Graduated Maryland State Park Rangers

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pleased to welcome a new group of Maryland Park Service rangers. The 19 graduated Nov. 10 from Maryland Park Service Ranger School, which took place at New Germany State Park in Garrett County.

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Managed Goose and Waterfowl Hunts Set for Garrett County

Reservations Taken for Nov. 20-22

Photo of Canadian geese on Deep Creek Lake, taken by Robert Paine

Photo by Robert Paine

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that it is continuing the Canada goose hunt on Deep Creek Lake and waterfowl hunt at Broadford Lake.

Canada goose and waterfowl hunting is by permit and reservation only during select days of the season (Nov. 20-22). Interested hunters can apply for a permit onlineRead more…


Gift of Trees Offers a Lifetime of Appreciation

Orders Placed by Dec. 15 Receive Certificate in Time for the Holidays

Photo of Wye Island Tree

Photo by Stephen April

For a gift that will give back for years to come, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers the Gift of Trees, a program that allows individual and organizations to purchase native trees for planting in honor of a celebration, commemoration or observation.

Trees provide ecological, economic and quality of life benefits, including enhancing air and water quality, reducing energy costs, increasing property values, beautifying communities, neighborhoods and highways, while also providing essential habitat for birds and wildlife.

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