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Archive for April 2013

30
Apr

Maryland Land Conservation Conference a Success

MET Director Elizabeth Buxton, Keynote Speaker Peter Forbes, and MET Board Vice-Chairman Jim Constable

MET Director Elizabeth Buxton, Keynote Speaker Peter Forbes and MET Board Vice-Chairman Jim Constable

The Maryland Environmental Trust’s (MET) 13th annual statewide Land Conservation Conference, The Challenge of Perpetuity, lent itself to great dialogue and informative workshops, providing guests with opportunities to exchange ideas and solutions regarding the challenges of land conservation. More than 140 people from 80 land conservation organizations across the Chesapeake Bay region convened on April 23, at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, for the daylong training and networking event.   Read more »

29
Apr

Marine Gathering Permits Now Required

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) now requires that coordinators of sizeable boat gatherings obtain a Marine Gathering Permit so that law enforcement and emergency medical services can properly prepare for these events. The new permit only applies to gatherings that will consist of 100 or more vessels and last longer than three hours.

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29
Apr

Volunteers Needed to Pull Invasive Garlic Mustard in Garrett County

Last year, scouts from Rt. 40, Troop 55020 pulled 100 pounds of garlic mustard at New Germany State Park. Photo by Kista Wilt.

Last year, scouts from Rt. 40, Troop 55020 pulled 100 pounds of garlic mustard at New Germany State Park. Photo by Kista Wilt.

Who: Open to the Public, Ages 8 and up

Events: New Germany State Park on May 4 at 1 p.m.; and Big Run State Park on May 11 at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Contact: 301-895-5453 or cmccann@dnr.state.md.us

New Germany and Big Run State Parks need volunteers to help pull garlic mustard, an invasive species that spreads aggressively and out-competes native plants. Read more »

25
Apr

DNR to Host Guided Mother’s Day Hike at Woodmont NRMA

Who: Open to the Public

When: Sunday, May 12 at 1 p.m.

Where: Woodmont NRMA, 11761 Woodmont Rd., Hancock

Cost: Free

Contact: 301-842-2155

Give mom a Mother’s Day she will remember with a scenic, guided hike through the beautiful Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA).  A park ranger will lead the tour, explaining what has made Woodmont such a wild paradise for the past 150 years, and highlighting the newly-constructed Wildlife History Trail. The hike is taken at leisurely pace and will cover approximately 3.5 miles round-trip. Read more »

25
Apr

Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield Seeking New Members

Who: Open to the Public

What: Public Interest Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Where: Greenbrier State Park Visitor’s Center, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro  

Cost: Free

Contact: 301-791-4767

The Friends of South Mountain State Battlefield is seeking new members to support and advance its cause of providing fun, family-friendly, historical events and interpretations associated with the area. Read more »

24
Apr

Fort Frederick to Host Wildflower Bike Tour

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Who: Open to the Public

When: Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m.

Where: C&O Bicycle Shop, 9 South Pennsylvania Ave, Hancock

Cost: Adults: $5; Children 6 to 12: $2; 5 and under: Free

Contact: 301-842-2155

Blooming spring wildflowers will brighten the journey as bikers learn about the flora and fauna along the scenic Western Maryland Rail Trail. The guided tour is taken at leisurely pace and will cover approximately 20 miles round-trip. Read more »

24
Apr

DNR to Host Junior Hunter Field Days in June

Events in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Queen Anne’s and Somerset counties

Jr huntWho: Youth ages 8-16

When & Where: Saturdays in June, Across the State

Cost: Free

Youth with an interest in hunting, shooting sports and wildlife management are invited to participate in a regional summer Junior Hunter Field Day event. Staff from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and representatives from sporting and conservation groups will use hand-on activities to teach participants about natural resources stewardship, wildlife biology, shooting safety and ethical conduct in the field.  Read more »

23
Apr

Change Coming to Maryland’s Commercial Striped Bass Fishery

DNR Sets a May 10 Striped Bass Commercial Control Date for Quota Allocation

bassThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries Service is making a significant management change to the commercial Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass fishery. DNR is working to meet fishing industry goals, create a more sustainable system, increase accountability and make it easier for police to enforce the law. The system will also comply with new Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission requirements. These changes are the result of extensive meetings with the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission’s Striped Bass Industry Workgroup over the past 18 months. Read more »

23
Apr

DNR Disability Advisory Council Member Dies at 77

Donald Backe

Longtime and esteemed DNR Disability Advisory Council Member Donald E. Backe passed away on April 12. He served the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as a volunteer, subject-matter expert on disability, accessibility, and boating and recreation for more than 20 years.  Read more »

22
Apr

Stream Restoration Challenge Kicks Off with Spring Plantings

Program accepting proposals through May 30

Kent County Public School students are working to plant more than 4,000 trees at the Sassafras NRMA in Kennedyville.

Kent County Public School students  planting  trees at  Sassafras NRMA in Kennedyville

This spring, more than 2,000 students from across Maryland got an early start on their Earth Day contributions, planting trees to improve water quality through Governor Martin O’Malley’s Stream Restoration Challenge. The program ─ which is still accepting proposals ─ provides grants for students and groups to carry out projects to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality through service learning and environmental education activities. Read more »