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Archive for March 2014

31
Mar

NRP Issues Upper Potomac River Advisory

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police has announced ─ based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency ─ that boating and other recreational use of the Upper Potomac River, including its creeks and streams, should be avoided at this time. Due to recent precipitation, river levels are hazardous for recreational use on the main stem of the Upper Potomac River from Harpers Ferry to Little Falls.

The advisory is in effect until April 3, 2014 and will be updated at that time if necessary. Read more »

31
Mar

Two Watermen Charged with Harvesting Oysters in a Sanctuary

Oyster basketMaryland Natural Resources Police officers charged two Somerset County watermen Thursday afternoon with illegally harvesting oysters from a State sanctuary.

“I want to commend the leadership at DNR and NRP for developing a successful enforcement strategy that has resulted in the issuing of more than 75 citations for oyster violations to date,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “This season, we used officers along the shoreline, on the water and in the air to protect an essential species in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.” Read more »

28
Mar

DNR Leaders Read Across Annapolis

Secretary Joe Gill reads Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! to 3rd graders at Germantown Elementary.

Classroom visits celebrate Read Across Maryland Month

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill and Deputy Secretary Frank Dawson each visited Annapolis area elementary school classrooms this week to read long-cherished books to students. The DNR officials lent a hand to local educators and encouraged children to read as part of Governor O’Malley’s Read Across Maryland initiative. Read more »

26
Mar

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police charged a North East man on Sunday with illegally catching striped bass.

An officer on patrol at Elk Neck State Park saw Alan Dion Smith, 46, fishing south of Rocky Point and noticed he had two striped bass. The angler received citations for fishing without a recreational license and possession of striped bass during a closed season. The fines total $575.

Smith is scheduled to appear in Cecil District Court on May 14.

26
Mar

DNR Kicks Off the 11th Annual Natural Resource Photo Contest

Now Accepting Online Submissions

Calling all photographers ─ novice, professional and those who just happen to snap a great picture! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. New this year, the contest now features an additional category and an online submission option! Read more »

26
Mar

The Maryland Environmental Trust Protects Land and Views Near Mount Vernon

Fields and forest on easement property

Fields and forest on easement property

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) has partnered with the Conservancy for Charles County and the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union to protect 65 acres on Bryans Road through a conservation easement. The donation will prevent development and permanently protect the flora and fauna on the property, which is located within the viewshed of Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic estate along the Potomac River. Read more »

25
Mar

Eastern Shore Waterman Charged with Oyster Poaching for the Fifth Time

Oyster basketThe Maryland Natural Resources Police last Friday charged two watermen with violating the State’s oyster laws in Talbot County.

Benjamin Leonard Reihl, 26, of Chestertown was charged with eight counts of possession of undersized oysters, marking the fifth time he had been caught oyster poaching this season. Adam Vincent Reihl, 21, of Church Hill, was charged with six counts of possession of undersized oysters. Read more »

25
Mar

Gambrill State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo

A young boy pond-fishing showing off his yellow perch catchWho: Ages 14 and under (registration required)
When: Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Gambrill State Park, 8602 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick
Cost: Park Entry Fee $3/vehicle State residents & $5/vehicle non-residents
Contact: 301-271-7574
 

Young anglers are invited to spend a few hours on the water fishing for trout at Gambrill State Park’s Youth Fishing Rodeo. The park’s Rock Run pond will be stocked with fish ready for action! Read more »

25
Mar

It’s Tea Time at Gambrill State Park

The Tea Room, a native-stone building set amongst the beautiful views of Frederick and Middletown

The Tea Room

When: Friday, April 11 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Who: Open to the public
Cost: $25 per person (registration required)
Where: Gambrill State Park, 8602 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick
Contact: 301-271-7574
 

Gambrill State Park invites guests of all ages to join them for an evening tea service complete with scrumptious goodies and a presentation on local tea-making plants. Read more »

24
Mar

Silver Spring Man Found Guilty of Poaching 228 Undersized Striped Bass

bass underA Silver Spring man was found guilty last Friday in Annapolis District Court of possessing 228 undersized striped bass.

Hervin O. Nunez-Aleman, 34, pleaded guilty to a single violation. He was fined $2,000 and placed on unsupervised probation.  Read more »