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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.

  • My sincere compliments to all of the people who have worked so hard to bring us; we the people of Maryland, (The Free State and The Most Beautiful State) the above stated web site. My thanks to all of the people who offered their photographs and art work for this site. It is all so very beautiful.
    If I may suggest, as with this site, and the home page for the Md.Dept. of Natural Resources, I see many outstanding pictures and works of art. The home page has what appears to be from a painting of deer in a field and signed by the artist whose name I can barely make out, (Daniel Huntley?). My thought, should the photographer/artist be interested, is a link could be provided from the “image” to the artist, offering the opportunity for the artist to sell a copy for all who may be interested. They make a few bucks and people are able to enjoy it forever. I tried to “Google” the name of Daniel Huntley?, in many ways and was not able to find a site or email address for him. My wish was to compliment him of his beautiful art work of the deer. Should any one know how to reach him, I would would like to express my sentiments.