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Archive for February 2014

28
Feb

Call for Volunteers: Clean-Up Along Solomons Island Road

MET staffer picking up litter on a sunny day, which helps protect the environment and keeps scenic byways beautiful

MET staff helps protect the environment and keeps scenic byways beautiful


When: Thursday, March 20 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Where: Tracys Landing Park & Ride
Who:  Open to the Public
Contact: 410-514-7905
 

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) invites volunteers to help beautify a portion of Solomons Island Road in southern Anne Arundel County in an upcoming Adopt a Highway clean-up. MET “adopted” the nearly one-mile stretch of scenic byway last year and has pledged to keep it litter-free.   Read more »

27
Feb

Winners Named in Maryland Volunteer Angler Survey Contest

DNR seeks fishing observations from anglers statewide

Survey participants proudly displaying their Yellow Perch bounty

Survey participants showing a successful Yellow Perch trip

Two anglers won $100 Bass Pro Shop gift cards for providing fishing trip information to the Maryland Volunteer Angler Survey last year. Taking home the prizes were Alisha Duquin of Hagerstown for reporting her observations to the multispecies freshwater portion, and Matt Stahl of Essex for supplying Yellow Perch information from his outing. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources relies on such anglers to provide data to help with fishery monitoring and management efforts. Read more »

27
Feb

Sections of Western Maryland Rail Trail to Close for Maintenance

Portions of the Western Maryland Rail Trail will be closed for scheduled maintenance weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 through 27 to ensure the safety of visitors. The work will remove trees and limbs damaged by insects and recent ice storms. Read more »

25
Feb

Public Input Sought on Maryland’s Proposed Hunting and Trapping Regulations

Father and son show off a huge trukey they harvested. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites citizens to comment on the proposed changes to the 2014-15 and 2015-16 hunting and trapping seasons now through 4 p.m. on March 17, 2014. DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service reevaluates the regulations for select resident game species every two years to ensure best management. Read more »

25
Feb

Casino within Rocky Gap State Park to Carry-out Planned Expansion

Construction will have minimal effect on park operations

Rocky Gap Casino Resort

Rocky Gap Casino Resort

Rocky Gap Casino Resort within Rocky Gap State Park is gearing up for a planned expansion on property leased from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Set to begin this spring, the enhancements will ease parking congestion to better accommodate increased visitation. The project will not involve any park-operated land or parking lots as established in the lease agreement.

A portion of the lakeside loop trail will be temporarily closed during the construction phase. This will be the only impact to park visitors. Read more »

24
Feb

Maryland Environmental Trust Protects 2,361 acres in 2013

Protected property along Slaughter Creek, Dorchester County

Protected property along Slaughter Creek, Dorchester County

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) accepted 25 conservation easements last year to protect 2,361 acres of scenic open space, forest and farmland in 15 counties across the State. Most easements were donated to MET in coordination with a local or regional land trust, and will protect the natural, historic and scenic resources on these lands for generations to come. Read more »

21
Feb

Public Invited to Little Choptank River Oyster Restoration Open House

Who: Residents are invited to talk with representatives from DNR, NOAA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
What: Open House to present plans for major oyster restoration efforts in the Little Choptank River and gather public input
When: February 27 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Where: Sojourner Douglass College Auditorium, 824 Fairmount Ave, Cambridge
 

This open house allows participants to stop by at their convenience to learn about and share their thoughts on Maryland’s latest plans for oyster restoration ─ sanctuary enhancements in the Little Choptank River. Efforts include adding more oysters and substrate to expand the sanctuary, boost oyster reproduction and improve water quality.  The event is hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read more »

21
Feb

DNR Announces Public Meetings for Hunting Regulation Changes

jr turkey (2)The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold two public meetings to solicit comments on proposed hunting and trapping regulations for the State’s resident game species and selected migratory game birds for 2014-15 and 2015-16. DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service reevaluates the regulations for these game species every two years.   Read more »

20
Feb

TREE-MENDOUS Now Accepting Spring Orders

Schools, churches, organizations and businesses looking to green their community are encouraged to check out the recently released TREE-MENDOUS 2014 order form, which features high-quality, native trees and shrubs available at discounted prices for plantings on public lands. Read more »

20
Feb

Muskrat Trapping Season Extended

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has added a one week extension to the muskrat trapping season in all counties except Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard and Washington. The season will now close on March 22, 2014 to make up for unfavorable weather-related trapping conditions.   Read more »