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Governor O’Malley Announces New Online Guide to Maryland Natural Areas

Swallow Falls, Garrett County

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.

“From the tranquil channels of the Chesapeake to winding trails within the Appalachian mountains, Maryland Natural Areas showcase nature in all its beauty, said Gov. O’Malley. “These ecological gems are right in our backyard, waiting to be discovered and explored.”

Developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Guide to Maryland Natural Areas provides vivid photos, with details on recreation, unique flora, fauna, and scenery, and detailed maps and directions. The 31 sites are a subset of the more than 700 natural areas in Maryland that have been selected for their beauty, special characteristics and suitability for visitation.

Currently recognized natural areas can be found in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, and Worcester counties ─ with some even feature multiple sites. The areas offer recreation including paddling, hiking, bird watching, fishing and more.

“School is out and people and families want to get out and discover nature in its wildest form,” said Natural Heritage Program Director Jonathan McKnight. “This guide is your passport to an amazing outdoor adventure remarkably close to home.”

For more information, visit the Guide to Maryland Natural Areas website or call 410-260-8540.