More than $50,000 in prizes up for grabs during this year’s Fishing Challenge
The hunt continues! The Diamond Jim component of the 2013 Maryland Fishing Challenge entered its second phase when Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists and teams of young anglers caught, tagged and released around 200 striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay. One of the tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim worth $20,000 to the angler who catches him between July 1 and midnight July 31. The other tagged “imposter” rockfish are worth at least $500 each if caught and registered before midnight on September 2, 2013. Read more
Who: Open to the public
Where: Dan’s Mountain State Park, 17410 Recreation Area Rd. SW, Lonaconing
When: Wednesday, July 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: $1 per person to swim all day
Dan’s Mountain State Park will be featuring a Dollar Dip at its pool on July 3, where admission will be reduced to $1 per person for the entire day. As always, kids 5 and under get in free. Read more
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) more than $757,000 for the installation and maintenance of marine sewage pumpout stations throughout Maryland. DNR will also use the funding to support pumpout boats operated by the City of Annapolis and the West/Rhode Riverkeeper. Read more
NRP Officers ramp up enforcement; Operation Dry Water this weekend
Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are urging boaters, park patrons and anyone planning to spend time on the water to make safety their first priority. Two drownings over the weekend bring the total number of water-related deaths to six so far this year, a disturbing trend so early in the season. Read more
From the professional restaurateur, to the culinary novice ─ chefs of all skill levels are invited to submit their original oyster recipes for consideration in the 34th National Oyster Cook-off, October 19 at the St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival in Leonardtown. A panel of food experts will choose nine of the most creative and mouthwatering entries to compete in the cook-off’s three categories ─ hors d’oeuvre, soup/stew, and main dish. Read more
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) arrested three people on June 23 for breaking and entering into parked vehicles at Gambrill State Park.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are investigating the accidental death of Nancy Rogers, 75 of Lancaster, Pa., after she drowned on June 22 near Turkey Point in Cecil County. Read more
***Update: The swimmer’s body recovered by NRP at around 12 p.m on 6/26, about a mile from where he was last seen.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are searching for Todd Heaton, 32 from Greensboro, Md., after he went missing while swimming on Saturday, June 22 in the Choptank River near Denton. Read more
In celebration of the start of summer and the end of the school year, Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the new Guide to Maryland Natural Areas. This online, one-stop travel resource is for anyone looking to experience the State’s most beautiful natural places, as distinguished by their pristine environment and rare plant and wildlife species. Read more