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Archive for May 2014

30
May

Assateague State Park Marina Reopened

New and improved pier

New and improved pier

The Assateague State Park Marina is now reopen. Repairs were made due to damage from Superstorm Sandy which hit the coastal area in October 2012. This project included replacement of pilings, decking, and floating pier. 

The marina offers boat ramps, fishing pier and bay access for non-motorized vessels such as kayaks and canoes.  The marina is open from sunrise to sunset daily. Pets are permitted to board vessels only.  A self-registration service charge is required for parking and boat launch; Annual Passes are available at the park Ranger Station or online at dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/annualpass.aspx

30
May

NRP Mourns Death of K-9 Blu

Blu and his handler, Officer Curt Dieterle

Blu and his handler, Officer Curt Dieterle

The Maryland Natural Resources Police mourned the passing last Wednesday of K-9 Blu, assigned to Western Maryland in 2007. The black Labrador retriever was 10 years, three months old and was suffering from lymphoma. Read more »

28
May

Maryland Approves Recreation Enhancements Statewide

playgroundFamilies will continue to benefit from Maryland’s signature Program Open Space with today’s Board of Public Works’ approval of funding for recreational upgrades in Baltimore, Caroline, Charles, Kent and Montgomery counties. 

“Through Program Open Space we are not only improving our State’s parks and recreational facilities, we are improving the overall quality of life for our citizens,” said Governor O’Malley. “These areas promote active lifestyles, provide families with safe places to spend quality time with one another, and strengthen community ties among residents.”

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28
May

Maryland Adds 260 Acres to Rural Legacy Areas in Dorchester County

Farmland The State today permanently preserved approximately 260 acres of rural land, eliminating 28 developmental rights, in Dorchester County through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement on the Wilson property at today’s meeting in Annapolis.

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27
May

Public Invited to Discuss Patuxent River State Park Trail Assessment

biking newWhen: Thursday, June 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Izaak Walton League of America, 26430 Mullinix Mill Road, Mount Airy 

Who: Open to the Public

Contact: 410-260-8149 or dhudson@dnr.state.md.us 

The Maryland Park Service invites residents to join them for a public meeting to discuss an ongoing assessment of existing trail at Patuxent River State Park, which will help guide future park conservation and recreation activities.

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27
May

NRP in Demand over Holiday Weekend

Officers Erica Minnick and Andrew Felsecker check boats for safety equipment on Deep Creek Lake.

Officers Erica Minnick and Andrew Felsecker check boats for safety equipment on Deep Creek Lake.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police had a busy Memorial Day weekend on the water and on public lands.

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23
May

Dan’s Mountain Pool Expected to Reopen in Mid-June

Dan’s Mountain Swimming Pool and Waterslide

The swimming pool and waterslide at Dan’s Mountain State Park are expected to reopen in mid-June, following a series of renovations that began last fall.  The renovations include installing a new ADA-compliant lift chair and handrails, repainting the pool, and making several necessary repairs. Read more »

22
May

Water Quality Advisory Issued For Cunningham Falls State Park

5-24 update: The water quality advisory has been lifted.

Due to heavy rainfall and storm water runoff, the Frederick County Health Department has issued a general water quality advisory for Hunting Creek Lake at Cunningham Falls State Park. Visitors should avoid swimming, wading and other direct water contact.  Park staff is working with the Frederick County Health Department to continue to monitor the situation.  For the most up-to-date information on the status of the advisory follow the park on Twitter @cunninghamfalls or call Cunningham Falls State Park at 301-271-7574. 

22
May

NRP Urges Boating Safety this Holiday Weekend

jim writes ticket

NRP Officer Jim Robinson writes a boat violation ticket

The Maryland Natural Resources Police reminds boaters, anglers and paddlers that conditions on many State waterways remain unpredictable this holiday weekend, with some high water levels, missing navigational markers and debris posing unexpected hazards.

Officials are warning boaters and paddlers to be aware of two major logjams on the Monocacy River in Frederick County, one of which almost claimed the life of a kayaker. The obstructions are at the Gas House Pike Bridge and a CSX railroad bridge. Paddlers are urged to walk with their kayaks and canoes around the obstructions. Read more »

22
May

NRP Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Missing Kayaker

Dickerson Jr MPN Flyer

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Investigators for the Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Woodbridge, Va., man last seen kayaking two weeks ago on the Potomac River from Virginia to Maryland.

Jeryl Cordelle Dickerson Jr., 22, was last seen paddling across the river in the morning hours. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a white t-shirt and blue jeans. Read more »