To honor Maryland’s first State forester, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officially dedicated the Fred W. Besley Demonstration Forest in Dorchester County on April 20. The ceremony, held in Linkwood, recognized Besley for his influence on the future of forestry conservation.
“As Maryland’s first State Forester, Fred Besley built a legacy of conservation and sustainable forestry management, which the Maryland Forest Service still follows to this day,” said State Forester and Director Steven Koehn. Read more
Young people interested in wildlife and the outdoors are invited to join staff from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and local conservation groups to learn about a variety of topics related to wildlife management and stewardship during Junior Hunter Field Days on June 2 in Sudlersville and June 16 in Princess Anne.
“This is an opportunity for Maryland youth interested in wildlife activities to discover and connect with their natural world,” said Patricia Allen, information & education program manager for DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service. “It gives children the chance to become involved in the management of our natural resources and to learn about hunting and the important role it plays in wildlife conservation.” Read more
Friends, family and colleagues gathered on Earth Day to honor the life and legacy of Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) innovator Fred Eskew, at a ceremony in Rosaryville on what would have been his 74th birthday. Eskew, who passed away in 1986, worked tirelessly to help protect Maryland’s natural areas and resources, forever influencing the future of land conservation.
“Many people leave us too early, never realizing their goals. But during his all too short existence, he accomplished enough for several lifetimes over,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin, colleague and longtime friend. “For more than a quarter century Fred’s career follo
Governor Martin O’Malley Announces Chesapeake Bay Juvenile Blue Crab Population Highest on Record
Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the Chesapeake Bay’s juvenile blue crab population is at the highest level on record, and the overall blue crab population is at its highest level since 1993.
Joined by stakeholders and elected officials, Governor O’Malley revealed the results of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) annual winter dredge survey at Mike’s Crab House overlooking the South river.
Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed April Environmental Education Month in Maryland in recognition of public and private efforts to help children connect with and learn about their natural world.
“Maryland has become a national leader in quality public education, and environmental literacy has become a vital tool to help us build a better future for our children,” said Governor O’Malley. “Working together, we can promote a greater appreciation for our natural resources and help our children learn the value of environmental stewardship.”
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to clarify the rules and prizes for the Second Annual Snakehead Contest. There are no cash rewards for catching and killing a snakehead. DNR will draw three names at random from the list of anglers who submit a photo of their snakehead catch to the DNR Anglers Log.
Fort Frederick State Park is hosting an afternoon of outdoor fun for the whole family with an Earth Day hike and craft-making activity from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22.
“We are going to have a great time,” said Charles Sullivan, park naturalist and hike guide. “Families will get to enjoy the outdoors while learning about the flora and fauna that can be found throughout the park.”
Throughout April, the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is reminding citizens in and around the Potomac River of the strict penalties and harmful effects of littering. NRP is also seeking volunteers for the 24th Annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-up on April 14. Both efforts are part of the agency’s participation in DC Metro Area Litter Enforcement Month.