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Archive for April 2014

30
Apr

Call for Volunteers: Ferry Point Park Planting

Crews planting the first round of grasses on April 23.


When: Saturday, May 10 at 9 a.m.
Where: Ferry Point Park, 425 Piney Narrows Rd, Chester
Who:  Open to the Public
Contact: cdonegan@dnr.state.md.us
 

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation invite volunteers to help plant grasses at Ferry Point Park as part of the final stages of a shoreline restoration project. Crews have spent more than five years planning for the project, six months rebuilding the deteriorating coast, and are now working to create a robust living shoreline. Read more »

30
Apr

State Approves Recreation Enhancements in Garrett, Somerset and Washington Counties

two young boys playing on monkey barsMaryland families will continue to benefit from Maryland’s signature Program Open Space with this week’s Board of Public Works’ approval of funding for recreational upgrades in Garrett, Somerset and Washington counties. Read more »

30
Apr

NRP Issues Warning for Potomac River Now Through Friday

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police has issued a warning to boaters and anglers to avoid the Upper Potomac River, including its swollen creeks and streams, from today through Friday. Read more »

29
Apr

Newtowne Neck State Park Reopens to the Public

newtowne_beachThe Maryland Park Service has reopened Newtowne Neck State Park to the public, following a closure of more than two years, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducted comprehensive research into the source of military ordnance found at the park in early 2012. The Corps determined that the ordnance was inert test artillery rounds containing no explosive material, and therefore was not a danger to the visiting public. Read more »

28
Apr

Reminder: Riparian Property Licensing Applications Due by June 1

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reminds riparian (waterfront) property owners who want to apply for offshore blind and shoreline licensing that applications are due by mail June 1.  Riparian property owners, or those with permission from the property owner, may license the shoreline to establish stationary blinds or blind sites for hunting waterfowl, or to prevent others from licensing it at a later date. Read more »

28
Apr

DNR and Partners Improve the Impoundment at Deal Island WMA

Crews posing in front of the newly restored pond The Maryland Department of Natural Resources teamed up with Ducks Unlimited, Agri Drain Corporation, the Maryland Waterfowler’s Association, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve to restore the habitat quality in the manmade pond, or impoundment, at Deal Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Somerset County. Read more »

28
Apr

100 Trees Donated to New Germany State Park

Planting staff and volunteers

Savage River Watershed Association helps replace trees lost to Hurricane Sandy

Savage River Watershed Association donated more than 100 red spruce trees to New Germany State Park to replace some of the many hemlocks lost during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The trees were planted along the banks of Poplar Lick Run, a native Brook Trout stream that flows from New Germany Lake to Savage River.  Read more »

25
Apr

DNR Recognizes Forestry Staff Instrumental in New Lawn to Woodland Program

LtoWApril2014 (2)DNR Secretary Joe Gill, Maryland Forest Service staff, and Lawn to Woodland participants, gathered today in Brookeville to plant a tree on private property as part of the new program and recognize staff instrumental in its inception. The program, which helps Maryland landowners convert unused lawn to forest cover, is currently being piloted to eligible Arbor Day Foundation members in Montgomery, Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties. Read more »

25
Apr

New Germany to Feature Old-Time Jams

When: From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday:
May 3, 17
June 7 and 21
July 5 and 19
August 2, 16 and 30
Where: New Germany State Park Lake House, 349 Headquarters Lane, Grantsville
Cost: Free
Who: Open to the Public
Contact: 301-895-5453 or park-new-germany@dnr.state.md.us

Beginning in May, New Germany State Park will be hosting a summer of Old-Time Jams, providing an opportunity for musicians and spectators of all ages to share and enjoy traditional folk, bluegrass and other celebrated Appalachian music. Read more »

25
Apr

Fort Frederick State Park to Host Wildflower Bike Tour

wildflowers

Photo by Lori R. Bramble


When: Saturday, May 3, meet at 10 a.m.
Where: C&O Bicycle Shop, 9 South Pennsylvania Ave, Hancock
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Free
Contact: 301-842-2155
 

Blooming spring wildflowers will brighten the journey as bikers learn about the flora and fauna along the scenic Western Maryland Rail Trail. Led by a park naturalist, the tour is taken at leisurely pace and will cover approximately 20 miles round-trip. Read more »