The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service is forecasting an early October start for the annual fall trout stocking program.
“Stocking dates and locations are dependent on water flow, temperatures and ground conditions at the delivery sites,” said DNR Inland Fisheries Chief Don Cosden. “Based on current conditions, we expect to begin stocking fish into popular ponds, creeks and rivers as early as the second week of October.”
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is celebrating at 12 p.m. on October 3, with a program featuring Commissioner Hector Manzano of the Maryland Commission on Hispanic Affairs. All are welcome to attend this free event, taking place in room C-1 of the Tawes State Office Building located at 580 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis.
Governor O’Malley declares Day of Service in Maryland
Governor Martin O’Malley has declared September 29 an interfaith Day of Service in Maryland, encouraging citizens to volunteer their time and energy to help make a difference in their community. Planting a tree is one way that everyone can contribute to the shared vision of a smarter, greener State. Read more
Historic Fort Frederick will take visitors on a journey back in time with Picketing the Potomac─ Retreat from Antietam, an event to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. The program will feature volunteer reenactors portraying both soldiers and civilians from the American Civil War, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 6 and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on October 7.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) warns that keeping outdated medication could lead to abuse or accidental ingestion and flushing it can harm Maryland’s water quality and underwater life. NRP is encouraging citizens to bring their unwanted medicine to select area offices from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 29 as a part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is continuing to step up enforcement to stop commercial and recreational fishermen from illegally catching striped bass and punishing offenders to the fullest extent of the law. Officers have charged numerous individuals with catching undersize striped bass in the past month.
“While our State, our partners and our citizens diligently work to restore and protect the Bay and use our resources responsibly, a few bad apples make it difficult for everyone,” said Secretary John Griffin. “Our new progressive penalty system allows for the just and due penalization of those who repeatedly show blatant disregard for our natural resources.”
Maryland’s online hunter safety course, provided through hunter-ed.com, now features professional narration in Spanish. The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is also working to establish Maryland hunter education classroom courses for Spanish speaking students.
“It has been a continuing concern for the NRP Safety Education Program to reach our Hispanic community− this is a large step in the right direction,” said Lt. Joe Offer. “We are looking forward to the recruitment of Spanish speaking instructor teams who can provide hunter safety classroom courses on a regular basis.”
Roads to and within Assateague State Park will be heavily congested Saturday, October 6 due to the Salisbury University Sea Gull Century bicycle event. Visitors should expect limited access to the day use parking lot and campground entrance.
The State has added 10 acres to its permanently protected rural landscape, eliminating three development rights in the Mid-Maryland Washington Rural Legacy Area. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land through a Rural Legacy easement.