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DNR to Host Outdoor Recreation Input Meeting

Photo by Kent Carlson

Who: Open to the Public

What: Central Region Outdoor Recreation Evaluation

When: June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Howard County Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia

Cost: Free

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking citizens for their thoughts on State parks and lands at a public input meeting, or through a quick and easy online survey. The Department held meetings in other regions earlier this year but the one in central Maryland was cancelled because of inclement weather.

The meeting and survey will help DNR determine which outdoor recreation facilities, programs and services do and do not meet the needs of the community. Areas include State parks, forests, wildlife areas and trails.

Public input will help guide the update of the Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, which will serve as a roadmap for future State outdoor recreation facilities and services.

The Department has hired a nationally-known parks and recreation management consulting firm, GreenPlay, LLC, to oversee the Recreation Component of this planning process.

To take the online survey, visit

  • I would like the state of Maryland to consider allowing non residents the ability to hunt the seaduck zones from there boat,provided that they have a valid non resident hunting licence.

    • kking

      Hi Vince,
      Thank you for contacting the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

      A nonresident with a valid Maryland nonresident hunting license may hunt sea ducks in the sea duck zone from his boat. However, State law requires a Maryland resident to be present in the boat during the hunt. I suspect you are aware of this requirement in State law.

      The bottom line is that this is a long-standing requirement that likely will not change any time soon. As you can surmise this law was adopted by the Maryland General Assembly to limit the recreational use of this waterfowl resource by nonresidents and to provide almost exclusive use by residents. This law is not unlike other hunting restrictions placed on nonresident hunters by other states.


      Larry Hindman
      Certified Wildlife Biologist
      Waterfowl Project Leader
      Maryland DNR