The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has reopened all but 11 of Maryland’s 66 State Parks after extensive clean-up and repairs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Seven of the reopened parks are open with limited services, some without electric power, while the remaining parks are open and fully operational. The 11 closed parks will remain closed as crews continue to clean up and repair infrastructure.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) reminds boaters to plan ahead to protect their boats from hurricanes and tropical storms, given the recent activity in the Atlantic Ocean.
Planning is the key to minimize injury and loss of life. Boaters should not be on the water when a storm hits, and should make plans in advance to dock, moore or haul their boat. When deciding on storm preparation plans, boaters must consider the size, type and location of their vessel. Some places may not offer protection from high winds or tides.
The District of Columbia granted a perpetual conservation easement on 250 acres of heavily wooded, stream valley in Anne Arundel County to the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET), the Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust and the Scenic Rivers Land Trust. The D.C. Department of General Services will manage the land ─ located along the Little Patuxent River within view of Ft. Meade and Route 32 ─ which is part of a larger 827-acre property.
The Maryland Department Natural Resources (DNR) closed the 2012 black bear hunting season at 9 p.m. today with hunters reporting 92 bears to mandatory check stations in Western Maryland. DNR opened the season October 22 in Garrett and Allegany counties, meeting its management goal in five days.
The average live weight of the bears taken this year was 160 pounds. John Fink of Oakland, Md. took the largest bear of the season, a 452-pound male.
The Maryland Natural Resource Police (NRP) made an arrest yesterday in a month-long investigation of a series of boat battery thefts in Anne Arundel County.
NRP officers arrested Cody Jay Tyler Dudley, 21 of Pasadena, on October 24. Dudley was the main suspect in the lengthy investigation. He admitted to stealing more than 20 marine batteries.
Susquehanna State Park’s Lapidum Boat Launching facility is now open after being closed for two weeks for a sediment removal project cut short. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had to put the project on hold due to a broken machine.
Who: Open to the Public
When: Thursday, October 25 at 12 p.m.
Where: Tawes Building (Room C-1) 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
The National Disability Employment Awareness Month program, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will highlight the importance of raising awareness and creating equal opportunities for those with disabilities.
Dan Thomas of Delmar caught a new Maryland record 13 pound, five ounce sheepshead fish on September 16 in Hoopers Straight, north of Bloodsworth Island. He hooked the record catch while competing in the Westside Outcaster’s Open, a tournament to benefit the Bivalve Volunteer Fire Company. Read more