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Archive for February 2013

28
Feb

DNR Announces Snakehead Contest Winners

Dave Gedra of Fairfax Station, Va., caught his snakehead fishing in Mattawoman Creek, Potomac River Basin at Indian Head, Md.

Dave Gedra of Fairfax Station, Va., caught his snakehead fishing in Mattawoman Creek

Three anglers won nearly $300 in prizes for catching and killing snakehead fish in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) 2012 Snakehead Contest. Through the contest, 256 anglers removed nearly 600 fish from the Potomac River system. To enter, participants shared their experiences on the Department’s Angler’s Log, reporting how they caught the invasive fish, where they found them, some even sharing delicious ways to prepare them. Read more »

27
Feb

Last Call for Color Maryland Green Entries

2012 Winner: Camping by Tyler Rong, 3rd Grade, Potomac, MD

Calling all young poets, photographers, artists and producers! Students in grades kindergarten through 12 still have time to submit their works of art to the 2013 Color Maryland Green contest ─ but entries must be postmarked by the close of business Friday, March 1. Read more »

22
Feb

DNR to Host Bounty of the Bay Dinner

This Dogfish Po' boy is one of the many delicacies on the evening's menu.

This Dogfish Po’ boy is one of the many featured dishes.

From smoky plates of roasted oysters to baked rockfish filets, next week’s third annual Bounty of the Bay is sure to be a crowd pleaser, delighting diners’ taste buds with some of the best seafood in the nation. Hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and The Rockfish restaurant, the dinner will include a raw bar and a five-course meal featuring local oysters, striped bass, dogfish and blue catfish. Tickets are limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to register today. Read more »

22
Feb

Elk Neck State Forest Gun Ranges to Close Mondays in March

3-26-13  Update: All ranges are open

Elk Neck State Forest staff will be closing the rifle and shotgun ranges on Mondays in March (March 4, 11, 18 and 25) for routine repairs to the ranges’ safety baffles. The pistol range is open. The ranges may open sooner if the work is completed ahead of schedule.

 

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21
Feb

2012-13 Deer Season Results Are In

Photo from FWS.gov

Photo from FWS.gov

Maryland hunters harvested 87,541 deer during the bow, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined (September 7, 2012 through January 31, 2013). The harvest shows an 11 percent decline compared to last year’s total of 98,029 deer. Biologists attribute the drop to multiple factors, including reduced hunter participation, an abundant acorn crop that changed deer movements, and a lower deer population in some areas. Read more »

20
Feb

Montgomery County Receives $19.8 Million for Stormwater Projects

Projects like this rain garden collect stormwater and filter pollution.

Stormwater projects like this rain garden collect and filter polluted runoff.

The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund has awarded the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection a $19.8 million grant to construct and carry out stormwater management projects in the Anacostia River and Rock Creek watersheds, in coordination with other local, State and federal partners. Read more »

20
Feb

Recreational Projects in Baltimore, Carroll and Somerset Counties to See Enhancements

photo from baltimorecountymd.gov

Recreational projects in Baltimore, Carroll and Somerset 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 »

20
Feb

Maryland Names Wildlands area in Honor of Eugene Piotrowski

Gene Piotrowski (1953-2012)

Gene Piotrowski (1953-2012)

Piotrowski was dedicated employee of DNR

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Maryland Board of Public Works today officially renamed St. Mary’s River State Park Wildlands in honor of Eugene “Gene” Piotrowski, a dedicated employee of DNR and natural resource advocate. Read more »

19
Feb

MET Hosts Land Trust Roundtable, The Challenge of Capacity

MET Sign 3Who: Land trust staff, board members, volunteers; Others interested in land conservation

What: Latest in a series of MET Roundtables

When: Thursday, March 14 from 12 to 2 p.m.

Where: Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes (Baltimore County)

Contact: Michelle Johnson at mjohnson@dnr.state.md.us

Cost: Free

 The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) is hosting an informal roundtable discussion on the capacity and long term survival of small land trusts. Read more »

19
Feb

Trail Closed at Elk Neck State Forest

The Pete Bond Hiking Trail and Scenic Overlook at Elk Neck State Forest have been closed indefinitely due to a fire at the shooting range complex. Read more »