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Poachers Nabbed; Drunken Driver Jailed In Recent Cases

NRP LogoOfficers charged crab and oyster poachers, and secured jail time for a drunken driver who crashed in a state park, in cases recently handled by the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Read more…

Maryland Watershed Forester Earns Regional Award

Weaver-300x224The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ own Jamie Weaver was named Forester of the Year by the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters. Weaver, a watershed forester, works to enhance forest lands and water quality in Baltimore and Carroll counties. Read more…

Officers, Park Staff and Civilians Honored at Natural Resources Police Event

A photo of some of the honorees.

Officers, park rangers and lifeguards were honored for two rescues involving nine boaters off at Sandy Point State Park during a dangerous storm.

Officers, park employees and civilians were honored for their contributions to conservation law enforcement in 2015 during the Maryland Natural Resources Police annual awards ceremony. Read more…

Reminder: Riparian Property License Applications Due June 1

Sunrise over duck blind. Photo by Larry Hindman

Photo by Larry Hindman

As a reminder, riparian (waterfront) property owners who want to apply for offshore blind and shoreline licensing must have their applications postmarked before June 1. Read more…

Winners Chosen in Maryland’s Black Bear and Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contests

Larry Smail's Winning Black Bear Conservation Stamp

Moving Through by Larry Smail

A Pennsylvania man won the Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest and the top Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design went to a St. Mary’s County man, as chosen by a panel of judges last week at the annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival in Ocean City, Md. Read more…

Maryland Names Top Tree Farmer and Tree Farm Inspector of 2016

Tree Farmer of The Year, Robert Shives, holds his award after being recognized in the Senate on April 1.

As part of Maryland’s annual recognition of outstanding individuals in the tree farm industry, landowner Robert Shives has been named Tree Farmer of the Year, and state project forester Dan Hedderick earned Tree Farm Inspector of the Year in awards given by the Maryland Tree Farm Committee earlier this month. Read more…

53,000 Acres of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Mapped in Maryland

Record Grass Abundance Indicates Progress on Bay Restoration and Improved Water Quality

Widgeon grass in clear mid bay water

Widgeon grass in clear mid bay water

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reported today that underwater grass abundance – a key indicator of water quality– in the state’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay increased 29 percent between 2014 and 2015, reaching a new record of 53,277 acres. This puts Maryland at nearly 94 percent of its 2017 restoration goal of 57,000 acres. Read more…

Susquehanna State Park Home to New American Indian Petroglyph Exhibit

photo of the exhibitStarting May 14 at Susquehanna State Park, visitors can view a collection of ancient, carved rock fragments, known as the Bald Friar Petroglyphs. These storied stones, which are thought to have been carved by American Indians, were once part of an historic island-sized boulder that parted the waters of the Susquehanna River.   Read more…

Sunday Turkey Hunting Now Permitted on Private Lands in Carroll County

Photo of Two Turkey

Photo by Lori R. Bramble

Legislation signed today from the 2016 General Assembly permits turkey hunting on private land in Carroll County on all remaining Sundays during the 2016 spring season ─ May 1, 8, 15 and 22. Read more…

Statewide Eyes Program Calls on Citizens to Help Find Invasive Plants

Department to Host Trainings Statewide, Seeks Participants

Statewide Eyes participants on the hunt for invasive plants

Statewide Eyes participants on the hunt for invasive plants

Citizens and scientists are working together to tackle the problem of invasive plants on state lands through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ new Statewide Eyes program. Statewide Eyes is seeking people interested in identifying and mapping invasive plants that threaten ecologically sensitive sites.

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