Maryland Issues New Guidelines for State Construction in Areas Vulnerable to Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise
Maryland’s Climate Change and CoastSmart Construction Working Group has issued its Final Report, intended to guide what, where and how the State builds in areas vulnerable to coastal flooding and future sea level rise. The report recommends specific siting and design guidelines for State construction projects to protect against the impacts of climate change. Read more
Volunteers sought for final phase, spring planting
After nearly five years of planning and five months of construction, the deteriorating coast along Ferry Point will soon be fully transformed to a resilient and robust living shoreline, following a grass planting this spring. Made possible through a partnership between the State and Queen Anne’s County, the project restores the loss of wetland in Kent Island, safeguards land and sea life habitat, protects Kent Narrows from extreme weather, and enhances recreation. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on the final draft of the Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, developed to enhance recreation areas and services on State lands. The plan was devised using public input gathered during a random telephone survey, an online survey and through four regional stakeholder meetings. Read more
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are adding $5,000 to the reward being offered to help solve the cases of two bald eagles shot to death in Montgomery County last month.
The money pledged to the Maryland Natural Resources Police investigation ─ added to the financial commitment by three private citizens ─ brings the reward total to $8,000. The money would be awarded after the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killings. Read more
The ranks of the Maryland Natural Resources Police grew by 19 with the graduation Friday of its latest class of recruits.
The new officers took their oath, administered by Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent, at AnneArundelCommunity College before a large audience of family and friends. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust accepted three conservation easements in 2013 that will permanently protect 36 total acres of important forestland, wildlife habitat, and scenic views, in Garrett, Washington and Frederick counties. Read more
Experienced waterfowl hunters are invited to introduce young people to the sport during a Junior Waterfowl Hunting Day on February 8. On this date, hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on public and private lands when aided by a qualifying adult. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust accepted three conservation easements in 2013 that will permanently protect 211 total acres of important woodland, and scenic views along public roads, in St. Mary’s and Charles counties.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will begin releasing Rainbow and Brown Trout in streams and lakes across the State in early February. The stocking dates and locations will be dependent on stream, ground and weather conditions. By the start of summer, DNR will have released around 335,000 trout at more than 130 areas throughout Maryland. Read more
Free trees and planting assistance available to turn excess Lawn to Woodland
Governor Martin O’Malley today announced an exciting new stewardship program to help Marylanders who own one to four acres of land convert unused lawn to forest cover at no cost. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation have partnered to launch Lawn to Woodland, which will kick off as a pilot in select central counties this spring. Read more