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31
Jul

DNR Announces 2013-2014 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons

mourning doveThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the 2013-2014 early migratory game bird hunting seasons. Dove season marks the traditional start of hunting activity each year in Maryland. Read more »

31
Jul

DNR Brings the Great Outdoors in at the Maryland State Fair

StateFairCitizens and visitors will once again discover the beauty and wonder of Maryland’s great outdoors at the 132nd Maryland State Fair, through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) interactive exhibit. DNR Staff and volunteers will be hosting visitors at the fairgrounds in Timonium from August 23 through Labor Day, September 2, Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read more »

31
Jul

Fall Junior Hunter Field Days Set for Washington and Cecil Counties

JrHunterFieldDay smallerWho: Youth

When & Where: Cecil County, September 14 & Washington County, September 28

Cost: Free

Youth with an interest in hunting, shooting sports and wildlife management are invited to participate in a fall 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 »

30
Jul

Governor O’Malley Issues Water Safety Plea as Maryland Sees Alarming Increase in Drowning Deaths

Six drown in past month alone

NRP Officers searching for a drowning victim

NRP Officers searching for a drowning victim

The death of a 25-year-old Delaware man in the Susquehanna River this weekend brings the total water-related casualties in Maryland this year to 12 ─ double that of this time in 2012. Governor Martin O’Malley and law enforcement officials are urging everyone to help put a stop to this disturbing trend, protecting themselves and their loved ones by taking the necessary safety precautions in and around the water. Read more »

25
Jul

$25,000 Diamond Jim on the Loose

Dylan Kimmel and his first ever Rockfish, tagged and ready to release. Photo by Beth Versak

Dylan Kimmel and his first ever Rockfish, tagged and ready to release. Photo by Beth Versak

More than $50,000 in prizes up for grabs during this year’s Fishing Challenge

The Diamond Jim component of the 2013 Maryland Fishing Challenge entered its final phase today 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 as much as $25,000 to the angler who catches him between August 1 and midnight September 2, with the other tagged imposter rockfish worth at least $500 each. Read more »

25
Jul

State, County Partner on Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan

Photo of Deep Creek Lake

Agreement announced at annual State of the Lake presentation

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Garrett County have partnered to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for Deep Creek Lake.  DNR Secretary Joe Gill announced the agreement in concept – through which guidelines to protect the popular area will be established – at the third annual State of the Lake presentation at Garrett College. The draft agreement will be available for public comment until August 13.  Read more »

24
Jul

Recreational Projects throughout Maryland to See Enhancements

Artist rendering of Elkton's renovated Meadow Park East Playground from gametime.com

Artist rendering of Elkton’s renovated Meadow Park East Playground from gametime.com

Recreational projects in Anne Arundel, Cecil, Garrett, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties, and Baltimore City, will soon receive funding for 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. Read more »

24
Jul

Maryland Dedicates Pier in Memory of Donald Backe

Donald Backe

Donald Backe

Backe founded ADA-accessible boating organization

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Board of Public Works today officially named the accessible boating piers at Sandy Point State Park in honor of the late Donald E. Backe, a longtime disability advocate, and esteemed DNR employee and council member. Read more »

24
Jul

DNR to Hold Public Meeting On Waterfowl Regulations

waterfowlWho: Open to the Public

When: August 19 at 7 p.m.

Where: Chesapeake College, 1000 College Cr., Wye Mills

Cost: Free

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed late season waterfowl hunting regulations. The proposed seasons and bag limits will be announced in early August after DNR receives the framework from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more »

23
Jul

Earleville Man Drowns in Bohemia River

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is investigating the drowning of Louis James Durso, Sr., 75 of Earleville, Md., on the Bohemia River in Cecil County.   Read more »