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29
Aug

NRP Urges Safety over Labor Day Weekend

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) reminds citizens to make safety a priority during the last holiday weekend of the summer. NRP urges all swimmers and boaters to develop a precautionary safety and rescue plan before heading out, keep a close watch on children and non-swimmers, wear a lifejacket and have flotation devices on hand. As in the past, officers will be stepping up enforcement in an effort to maintain safe parks and waterways. Read more »

28
Aug

Deer Archery Season to Open September 6

deer in forest Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opens statewide on September 6, 2013 and continues through January 31, 2014. As a reminder, there is a statewide bag limit for bucks but the antlerless deer bag limits differ between the two Deer Management Regions in Maryland.  Read more »

26
Aug

Fort Frederick to Host Families in Nature Labor Day Weekend

A guest viewing the sun through the park's telescope

A guest viewing the sun through the park’s telescope

Three-day event to feature a variety of outdoor activities

When: Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool
Cost: Md. residents: $3/car; Non-residents: $5/car
Contact: 301-842-2155
 

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to experience the scenic wilds of Fort Frederick State Park through a variety of activities and guided explorations at the Families in Nature Labor Day weekend. The three-day event will feature outdoor programs and presentations, along with plenty of ways for visitors to enjoy and explore the park on their own, or with the help of a ranger. Read more »

26
Aug

Virginia Man Dies while Kayaking on Potomac River

NRP LogoPresumed result of medical issue

An unresponsive person was found floating in the Potomac River near Barnum, WV on the afternoon of Saturday, August 24 and was later pronounced dead. Read more »

26
Aug

Young Angler Catches New State Record Largemouth Bass

Colton Clayton, 12, displays his record Largemouth Bass

Colton Lambert, 12, displays his record Largemouth Bass

Colton Lambert, 12, caught a Maryland record Largemouth Bass while fishing at a farm pond in his hometown of Huntingtown on July 31. The fish was 11 pounds, 6 ounces, 26 inches long and 18 inches around.

***Correction: DNR had previously posted that the angler’s name was Colton Clayton. This was incorrect and DNR apologizes for  the confusion*** Read more »

22
Aug

Casselman River Bridge to Celebrate Bicentennial

Casselman River Bridge Photo by Lori Jenkins

Casselman River Bridge Photo by Lori Jenkins

When: September 20-22
Where: Casselman River Bridge State Park, 10240 National Pike, Grantsville
Who: Open to the Public
Contact: 301-387-4386
Cost: Free (Meals extra)
 

Spanning the Casselman River and supporting 200 years of hooves, boots, sleigh runners and wheels of every type, the Casselman River Bridge will soon begin its third century on the National Road in Grantsville. In celebration of this milestone, the bridge will be the focal point of a three-day bicentennial event packed with fun, food and festivities. Read more »

21
Aug

Rural Legacy Program Awards $13.5 Million to Protect Maryland Landscapes

Open farmland

Open farmland by Ed Liske

BPW approves easements in Charles and Worcester counties

The Rural Legacy Program will receive $13.5 million in Fiscal Year 2014 grants to permanently preserve working farms and important lands throughout Maryland. These grants fund conservation easements to protect air and water quality, wildlife habitat and farming communities. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the funding at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »

21
Aug

First-of-Its-Kind Easement Protects Historic Area from Sea Level Rise Impacts

Coastal resilience considered in preservation of Harriet Tubman National Park and Byway site

An example of lands that would be protected through this new easement program.

An example of land that would be protected through this new easement program.
Photo by Alan Sakakhiara

Through a first-of-its-kind easement designed to protect coastal areas from the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge, the State of Maryland has preserved 221 acres in Dorchester County along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park and Scenic Byway.  Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land through a Coastal Resilience Easement. Read more »

21
Aug

Recreational Projects throughout Maryland to See Enhancements

Recreational projects in Allegany, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Prince George’s, Somerset and Worcester counties 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 »

21
Aug

Maryland to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day

A young angler learning how to cast a line at last year's event

A young angler learning how to cast a line at last year’s event

When: Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, 11518 Marriottsville Rd., Marriottsville
Who: Open to the Public
Contact: 410-260-8537
Cost: Free
 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites anglers, hunters and anyone interested in the great outdoors to take part in the State’s 7th annual National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration. Featuring exhibits from more than 30 sportsman clubs, conservation organizations and local businesses, visitors will enjoy exciting interactive activities including spin-casting, waterfowl calling, hunting dog demonstrations, as well as instructor-led archery and target shooting. Read more »