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Archive for November 2013

26
Nov

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoTwo men in Somerset and Allegany counties were charged with natural resources violations. Read more »

26
Nov

Elk Neck State Forest to Open Arboretum Area to Hunting

youth huntingThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be opening properties in Elk Neck State Forest to hunting starting November 30, 2013. Acquired by DNR in 2011 from the Martinuk family, the land is located at the 2400 block of Old Elk Neck Road in Elkton. Read more »

26
Nov

NRP Radar Network Continues to Thwart Oyster Poachers

A screen shot from MLEIN of the targeted dredge boat inside the boundary of the oyster sanctuary.

A screen shot from MLEIN of the targeted dredge boat inside the boundary of the oyster sanctuary.

Using its newest enforcement tool, Maryland Natural Resources Police detected two watermen encroaching on an oyster sanctuary in Tangier Sound and arrested them Monday for poaching.

William Cloyde Catlin, 64, of Upper Fairmount, and Irving Lee Catlin, 55, of Westover, were each charged with unlawfully harvesting wild oysters up to 150 feet inside a sanctuary. Seven bushels of oysters were returned to the sanctuary. Read more »

26
Nov

DNR Names Maryland Port Administration Leader Conservationist of the Year

Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commissioner Beth Wojton awards Jim White, Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration, Conservationist of the Year

Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commissioner Beth Wojton awarding Jim White Conservationist of the Year

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Advisory Commission named Jim White, Executive Director of the Maryland Port Administration, its 2012 Conservationist of the Year at an award ceremony on November 20 in Annapolis. White was recognized for leading the Administration in creating wildlife habitat that benefits both the Chesapeake Bay and the State. Read more »

26
Nov

Portion of State Motor Fuel Tax to Fund Waterway Improvement Projects

Funding goes toward boating enhancement projects similar to this one at Oak Creek Landing in Talbot County

DNR receives $1.5 million to improve boating infrastructure on State waters

From a new boat ramp in Anne Arundel County to replacement slips at Deal Island Harbor, two dozen waterway improvement projects across the State are getting an infusion of $1.5 million thanks to a formula change in the State Motor Fuel Tax  disbursement. Read more »

26
Nov

DNR Names Wildlife Employee of the Year

Peter Stango (Center) with Wildlife & Heritage's  Kerrie Kyde and Jonathan McKnight

Peter Stango (Center) with Wildlife & Heritage’s Kerrie Kyde and Jonathan McKnight

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Advisory Commission named Peter Stango its 2012 Wildlife Employee of the Year at an award ceremony on November 20 in Annapolis. As the Assistant State Community Ecologist, Stango dedicates his time and energy to protecting Maryland’s natural heritage and is a true team player, always helping his fellow colleagues. Read more »

25
Nov

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) charged three individuals from Washington and Frederick counties with hunting violations. Read more »

25
Nov

Maryland Environmental Trust Names New Administrative Officer

MET's new Administrative Officer Sheila Orwig

MET’s new Administrative Officer Sheila Orwig

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) announces the appointment of Sheila Orwig as its new Administrative Officer. In this position Orwig will serve as the office manager and fiscal officer, responsible for administrative functions including personnel, budget, procurement, computer/network oversight, records management and inventory.

“I look forward to working with the MET Board of Trustees and associates to ensure that the office runs smoothly and efficiently,” says Orwig. “I want to enhance the workplace environment so that associates can continue to focus on the big picture items: MET’s mission of protecting natural, historic and scenic resources in the State.”  Read more »

22
Nov

MET Presents Land Trust Workshop on Board Excellence

Registration deadline November 29

When: Monday, December 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore; 1324 Belmont Avenue, Suite 401, Salisbury
Who: Land trust staff, reps, those interested in land conservation
Cost: Free
RSVP: Michelle Grafton at mgrafton@dnr.state.md.us
 

Professional trainer and consultant, Peter Lane of the Institute for Conservation Leadership will lead a three hour workshop, Your Board at Its Best: Cultivating Board Excellence, especially designed for land trust volunteers, staff and board members. Read more »

22
Nov

Suspected Rockfish Poachers Indicted After Two-Year Investigation

AV Sandusky pulls up a massive, old gill net found at Bloody Point from the poaching operation.

Conservationists, watermen and anglers are applauding efforts by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and its federal law enforcement partners in obtaining indictments of four Talbot County watermen accused of running a striped bass poaching ring that spanned four years and was worth nearly a half million dollars on the wholesale market. Read more »