Governor O’Malley Signs Executive Order Helping State Prepare for Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Governor Martin O’Malley has signed a landmark initiative to increase the State’s long term resiliency to storm related flooding and sea level rise. He signed the Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction Executive Order, directing that all new and reconstructed state structures, as well as other infrastructure improvements, be planned and constructed to avoid or minimize future flood damage. Read more
The 17th annual Black Bear Conservation and 39th annual Migratory Game Bird Stamp design contests are open and ready for submissions. Waterfowl and wildlife artists can submit their original artwork for the contests through March 15. The Department of Natural Resources will judge the contest entries on March 24, 2013 at the Patuxent National Wildlife Visitors Center in Laurel, Md., in conjunction with the 24th Annual Patuxent Wildlife Art Show.
Recreational projects in Garrett and Washington counties will soon receive funding for necessary upgrades and additions through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more
Paddlers in Broomes Island, Calvert County can now easily access the Patuxent River with the help of a new canoe/kayak launch at Nan’s Cove, installed by the Calvert County Natural Resources Division and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) announces the appointment of Michelle Johnson as its new Land Trust Assistance Coordinator. The Land Trust Assistance Program, one of MET’s core programs, provides technical assistance and support to more than 50 nonprofit land conservation groups focused on preserving scenic open space, forests and farmland in Maryland.
DNR calls on boaters and anglers to help prevent the spread of this harmful species
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists found young zebra mussels attached to buoys off Havre de Grace on December 3. DNR is asking boaters and anglers to be on the lookout for this harmful, invasive mussel. Read more
Grant program to seek second round of applicants
Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the winners of the Stream Restoration Challenge, a new grant program through which the State and its partners plan to establish 1,000 acres of forested stream buffers in Maryland by 2015. The program will provide up to $6 million to help local governments, school systems, and non-governmental organizations carryout projects to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality and create service learning and environmental literacy activities for students.