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30
Jun

DNR Brings the Great Outdoors to the Maryland State Fair!

Bird as part of the Scales and Tales program at the State Fair Discover the beauty and wonder of Maryland’s great outdoors through an interactive exhibit hosted by the Department of Natural Resources at the 133rd State Fair in Timonium, August 22 through September 1. The exhibit will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Read more »

30
Jun

State Parks Across Maryland Now Listed As Green Travel Destinations

Maryland Green Travel Manager Catherine Batavick presents Green Travel Certificate to Park Service’s Steve McCoy and Christina Holden.

Thirty-five Maryland State Parks have been approved as partners of Maryland Green Travel, a free and voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable environmental practices by businesses in the tourism industry.

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26
Jun

NRP Blotter

NRP LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police has charged several people with drug and alcohol offenses on state waterways, public lands and highways in Garrett and Washington counties. Read more »

25
Jun

NRP, Coast Guard to Launch Weekend Campaign against Impaired, Unsafe Boaters

NRP boat patrolling the waters The Maryland Natural Resources Police will join this weekend with the Coast Guard and other maritime law enforcement agencies for Operation Dry Water, a nationwide crackdown on alcohol- and drug-impaired boaters. Read more »

24
Jun

NRP Charges Two Howard County Men with Animal Cruelty, Killing Protected Species

NRP logo Two Howard County men have been charged by the Maryland Natural Resources Police with killing state and federally protected wildlife, and animal cruelty for causing suffering by using unchecked traps.

William Gunnar Radhe Jr., 31, and Eugene William Iager, 67, both of Fulton, are accused of setting traps that killed a Great Horned Owl, two turkey vultures and a striped skunk in early April. If found guilty of all charges, the maximum penalty for each man is $9,000 in fines and nine months in jail. Read more »

20
Jun

Maryland Adds 228 Acres to Rural Legacy Areas in Charles and Washington Counties

Open farm field with a colorful hot air balloon floating above. Photo by John K. Hatley

Photo by John K. Hatley

The State permanently preserved 228 acres of farmland, eliminating 50 developmental rights, in Charles and Washington counties through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easements at Wednesday’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »

20
Jun

Judge Permanently Revokes Commercial Fishing License of Repeat Offender

oysterA Talbot County Circuit judge has upheld a lifetime fishing ban on a former waterman with a record of multiple poaching convictions.

“The court’s decision affirms the wisdom of the General Assembly, which recognized the significance of crimes against the public trust and the severity of their impact on our natural world,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill. “Stealing from our public fishery is an offense against all of us, and especially the State’s honest, hardworking watermen.”

Joseph Bruce Janda Jr., 28, of Wittman, had his commercial license permanently revoked a year ago by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Over a decade, Janda has been charged more than 60 times and been found guilty on numerous occasions for poaching oysters, illegal striped bass fishing and harvesting undersized crabs. In addition, he has been convicted of fishing without a license and fishing on a suspended license. Read more »

19
Jun

DNR Celebrates “Walk Off the War” Veterans as they Hike through Washington Monument State Park

Lt. Col. Chris Bushman, MD Veteran Affairs Secretary Ed Chow, and Christina Holden, along with Warrior Hikers at Washington Monument State Park.

Lt. Col. Chris Bushman, MD Veteran Affairs Secretary Ed Chow, and Christina Holden with Warrior Hikers.

The Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Park Service hosted veterans participating in the Warrior Hike Walk Off The War program as they journeyed through Maryland’s portion of the legendary Appalachian Trail on June 12 at Washington Monument State Park. Park staff greeted the hikers with a much-appreciated potluck dinner organized by Christina Holden, Veteran Outreach Manager for the Maryland Park Service. Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward Chow, park staff and volunteers, and representatives from the Warrior Hike also joined in the celebration. Read more »

19
Jun

NRP Urges Public to Wear Lifejackets, Take Precautions

Anthony McCreary wearing the vest that saved his life.

Anthony McCreary wearing the vest that saved his life.

Wear a lifejacket?

“For me, it was the difference between life and death,” said Anthony McCreary, who was swept overboard during a squall last Friday and bobbed helplessly as the sailboat he was on disappeared into the driving rain below the Bay Bridge. “I will never walk down a dock or get on a boat without it.”

As temperatures rise and the boating season swings into high gear, the Maryland Natural Resources Police urges boaters, swimmers and anglers to wear lifejackets and follow safety tips when in and around the water. Read more »

18
Jun

State Approves Recreation Enhancements in Carroll, Washington and Wicomico Counties

Bike riders enjoying a trail Maryland 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 Carroll, Washington and Wicomico counties.  Read more »