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DNR Seeking Public Input on Proposed Recreation Plan for State Lands

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Photo Credit: Kent Carlson

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.   

The proposed plan helps to guide land conservation and the development of outdoor recreation opportunities over the next five years, aiming to: provide Maryland’s citizens and visitors with safe and easily accessible amenities; encourage the enjoyment and stewardship of Maryland’s natural world; and balance outdoor recreation land use with natural and cultural resource protection.

The Land Preservation and Recreation Plan also serves as Maryland’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, and upon final approval by the National Park Service, qualifies the State to receive land acquisition money through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

To provide feedback: check out the plan at and send comments to between now and 4 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2014.