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DNR and MPT Celebrate 25 Years of Outdoors Maryland

DNR Secretary Names Executive Producer Ambassador of the Chesapeake

DNR Secretary John Griffin Presenting English with the Ambassador of the Chesapeake Award

DNR Secretary John Griffin (L) Presenting English with the Ambassador of the Chesapeake Award

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary John Griffin presented Outdoors Maryland Executive Producer Mike English with the Ambassador of the Chesapeake award at the series’ 25th anniversary celebration on March 20. English was honored for his outstanding work in capturing Maryland’s breathtaking beauty and vibrant ecosystems, and sharing the stories of the people who explore and protect them.

“From the life of a Rock Hall waterman to the flight patterns of whooping cranes, Mike has been there sharing the joy, excitement and wonder of Maryland’s natural world,” said DNR Secretary Griffin. “I want to congratulate Mike and Maryland Public Television on this outstanding achievement and thank them for sharing their passion and reverence for our State’s precious living and natural resources.”

The Ambassador of the Chesapeake is a citation awarded by Maryland’s Governor recognizing those who have worked to promote the State’s outdoor recreation, such as fishing boating. Past recipients include the Maryland Charter Boat Association; Al Simon, lifelong boating enthusiast and supporter of the Maryland Natural Resources Police; and Bob Slaff, outdoor fishing and boating writer.

Outdoors Maryland is an Emmy award-winning nature and recreation series produced by Maryland Public Television (MPT) and DNR. In celebration of the program turning a quarter century, MPT is airing a special hour-long show, on April 2 at 8 p.m., which will take a look back at where Outdoors Maryland has been, and where it is headed.

For more information about Outdoors Maryland and its 25th anniversary, visit