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31
May

Governor O’Malley Speaks to Green School Youth Summit

 

DSC_2990_EMThis morning Governor Martin O’Malley spoke with 1,200 students, teachers and administrators at the Maryland Green School Youth Summit, an annual event held at Sandy Point State Park that celebrates the State’s green schools and showcases hands on environmental learning and restoration activities conducted by students throughout the year.  The event and the green schools program are sponsored by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators, key members of Governor O’Malley’s Partnership for Children in Nature.  Today 425 Maryland Schools are certified Green.  Read more »

31
May

Bay Game Activity Book Now Available

Bay Game cover/Color Maryland Green winnerSharpen your pencils, grab your crayons and prepare to learn; the Maryland Bay Game: The Future is Now is available now at local libraries, State Parks and visitor centers across the State. For the 16th year, DNR’s popular activity booklet contains games, experiments, riddles and more showing kids how their choices today can protect the natural world tomorrow. Read more »

30
May

DNR Announces 2012 Employee of the Year

Gene Deems accepting employee of the yearThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) named Gene Deems of the Office of Communications its 2012 employee of the year.

“Gene embodies excellence in customer service,” said DNR Secretary Joseph Gill, “whether working with internal partners of external stakeholders. His passion lies with ensuring he serves people efficiently, effectively and enthusiastically.” Read more »

29
May

$10,000 Diamond Jim on the Loose

Rockfish with a diamond Jim tagMore than $50,000 in prizes up for grabs during this year’s fishing challenge.

The hunt is on! The Diamond Jim component of the 2013 Maryland Fishing Challenge kicked off when Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists and teams of young anglers caught, tagged and released 200 striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay. One of the tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim worth $10,000 to the angler who catches him before midnight on June 30. The other tagged “imposter” rockfish are worth at least $500 each if caught and registered before midnight on Labor Day, September 2, 2013. Read more »

29
May

Governor O’Malley, BPW Vote To Move Major Oyster Restoration Project Forward

Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved a wetlands license to support a landmark oyster restoration project in the Chesapeake Bay. The $31 million project will ultimately restore 371 acres of oyster bars along the bottom of Harris Creek in Talbot County. Read more »

28
May

Recreational Projects in Allegany, Carroll, Garrett and Montgomery Counties to See Enhancements

Germantown Town Center Urban Park

Germantown Town Center Urban Park

Recreational Projects in Allegany, Carroll, Garrett and Montgomery 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.

“With Program Open Space, we have been able to enhance and develop significant new opportunities for families to safely enjoy their communities and natural surroundings,” said Governor O’Malley. Read more »

23
May

Enter the “What is Water Safety?” Video Contest

Win a stand-up paddleboard, safe boating equipment; submission deadline September 2nd

This Labor Day, one lucky movie maker will win hundreds of dollars in prizes for having safe fun in the sun. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Natural Resources Police (NRP), West Marine and BoatUS partnered together for the first annual “What is Water Safety” video contest. Read more »

23
May

Bus Tour Showcases Chester River Restoration Projects

The Chester River .

The Chester River

The Middle Chester Partnership hosted a bus tour out of  Washington College today showcasing restoration work completed on the Chester River through a grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund. The day-long event gave State and county representatives, citizens and neighboring watershed groups a firsthand look at projects carried out using the latest technology, government programs, and innovative partnerships with landowners, homeowners and local governments. Read more »

22
May

Maryland Fisheries Scientist Wins Award of Excellence

Courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation/cbf.org.

Bill Goldsborough
Courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation/cbf.org.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources congratulates Bill Goldsborough on winning an award of excellence in the area of policy and management at the spring 2013 meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on May 21 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Throughout his three decades as a senior scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Goldsborough has been a steadfast advocate for science-based conservation and a central figure in forging agreements between diverse interests in Chesapeake and Atlantic Coast fisheries management. Most recently, he took a leading role in the campaign to establish a more conservative management framework for menhaden in recognition of their important role as a prey species for striped bass and many other marine resources. Click here to read the Commission’s press release.

21
May

DNR to Host Farmers’ Market in Annapolis

Colorful, fresh produce at the DNR Farmers' MarketNew this year gourmet ice-pops, area wines and meats

The Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market located just outside of downtown Annapolis is back and ready to provide residents with fresh fruits, vegetables and homemade goodies all summer long! Starting June 6, the market will run from 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday through September 5.  Read more »