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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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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 »

17
Apr

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police issued citations over the last week for illegal striped bass fishing, turkey hunting and brush burning. Read more »

17
Apr

Assateague State Park Project Puts Hold on Campsite Reservations for 2015

camper at AssateagueAssateague State Park is holding off on accepting reservations for the 2015 camping season until it has a more finite schedule for a proposed winter project. The park will announce an update on the project’s status and designate an opening date on its website October 6. Staff will not have any further information until this time. Read more »

16
Apr

State Approves Recreation Upgrades for Park in Garrett County

Children walking along a path on a sunny day Garrett County families will benefit from Maryland’s signature Program Open Space with today’s Board of Public Works’ approval of funding for recreational upgrades to Eastern Garrett Park.

“Through Program Open Space, in coordination with our local partners, we continue to improve existing recreation areas, ensuring they remain safe and well-maintained, and meet the changing needs of our local communities,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, who presided over the meeting. Read more »

16
Apr

The Maryland Environmental Trust Awards $27,000 in Grants

DNR Secretary Joe Gill giving the event's Keynote Speech

DNR Secretary Joe Gill giving the event’s Keynote Speech

2014 Maryland Land Conservation Conference Sees Record Attendance

As part of its annual awards, the Maryland Environmental Trust granted a total of $27,000 to land preservation groups statewide. MET announced the award and grant winners to a record number of guests during the 14th annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference, held April 3 and 4 at the Claggett Center in Adamstown. Read more »

10
Apr

Invasive Catfish Trigger Public Awareness Campaign in Maryland

The kick-off included a catfish cooking demonstration by Chef James Barrett of Azure in Annapolis.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today launched a statewide campaign to educate citizens about invasive Blue and Flathead Catfish – their impact on native species and what anglers can do to help. Partners and stakeholders joined DNR staff at Smallwood State Park on the Potomac River for a catfish cooking demonstration and tasting to kick off the effort. Read more »

10
Apr

Register Now: Wye-Tri Adventure Race at Wye Island NRMA

Who: Ages 14 and older
When: Saturday, May 3, Race begins at 8 a.m.
Where: Wye Island NRMA, 632 Wye Island Road, Queenstown
Cost: $15 per person
Contact: 410-827-7577
 

Register now to run, paddle and ride through the Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) during the 3rd annual Wye-Tri Adventure Race. This year, the race is returning to the popular 2012 format, which includes three segments: running, kayaking and mountain biking.   Read more »