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31
Oct

Most State Parks Open after Sandy Clean-Up

Cunningham Falls State Park

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.  

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28
Oct

Maryland State Parks Closing for Hurricane Sandy

The Maryland Park Service is closing all State Park campgrounds and day-use areas in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. The Maryland Forestry Service is also closing Elk Neck State Forest. Read more »

26
Oct

Boaters Urged to Plan Ahead for Hurricane Sandy

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. 

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26
Oct

MET, Partners Preserve Little Patuxent River Woodlands

Middle Patuxent River: Floodplain showing Virginia Bluebells

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.

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26
Oct

Maryland Black Bear Hunt Closed

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.

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25
Oct

Boat Battery Thief Arrested

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.

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24
Oct

Susquehanna Boat Launching Facility Reopens

The Lapidum Boat Launch after Tropical Storm Lee

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.

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24
Oct

Volunteers Needed for Farm Restoration Project

The Button Farm House

Who: Open to the Public (Student Service Learning Approved)

When: Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Seneca Creek State Park, Button Farm Living History Center, 16820 Black Rock Road, Germantown

Contact: 202-903-4140 or menarefoundation@aol.com

The Menare Foundation, Inc. is seeking volunteers to help clean and prep Button Farm ─ a property in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources curatorship program ─ for the start of its 8-month restoration. Volunteers may arrive anytime during the clean-up and stay for as long as they would like. Read more »

22
Oct

DNR Hosts Disability Awareness Program

Keynote speaker Matt Rutherford who sailed 10 months nonstop, raising more than $60,000 for the Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating (CRAB).

Who: Open to the Public

When: Thursday, October 25 at 12 p.m.

Where: Tawes Building (Room C-1) 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis

Cost: Free

Contact: 410-260-8058

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.

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22
Oct

State Record Sheepshead Caught

Dan Thomas displaying his record 13-pound, 5-ounce sheephead.

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 »