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NRP, Good Samaritans Rescue Six Boaters from Magothy River

Mishap serves as a reminder to always wear a life jacket

A Maryland Natural Resources Police officer and two Good Samaritans in a sailboat battled gusty winds, three-foot waves and bone-chilling water temperatures to rescue six people, all of whom were wearing a lifejacket, from a sinking boat in the Magothy River last weekend.  Read more »


DNR Certifies Three New Clean Marinas in Cecil County

Sassafras Harbor, Bohemia Vista, and Hack’s Point are the latest Clean Marinas certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The facilities earned the awards for their work to prevent pollution and meet regulations for more sustainable operations.  Read more »


DNR and Partners Renovate Boating Facility in Nanjemoy

Newly renovated Friendship Farm Park  facility

Newly renovated Friendship Farm Park facility

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and partners have completed renovations to the Friendship Farm Park boating access facility, completely rehabilitating the 40-year-old launch site. Now open to the public, the significant facility improvements provide safe and easy boating access to Nanjemoy Creek and the lower Potomac River. Read more »


National Park Service Approves Maryland’s Land Preservation and Recreation Plan

Qualifies State for Federal Land Acquisition Funding

The National Park Service has approved Maryland’s five-year Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, allowing the State to move forward with a variety of projects that will enhance recreation areas and services on public lands, and protect natural resources and open space. Developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with federal, State, county and local officials, and stakeholders and citizens, the plan’s approval qualifies the State to receive land acquisition money through the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Read more »


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 »


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 »


Public Invited to Mid-Atlantic Ocean Planning Forum

Beautiful ocean scene. Photo by Michelle Lennox.

Photo by Michelle Lennox

Who: The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, Public
What: Overview of the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework, and public question and comment period
When:  February 24 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. & 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 80 Compromise St., Annapolis
Contact: Gwynne Schultz, or 410-260-8735

The public is invited to an in-person listening session, during which State and federal members of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body will provide an overview of the Draft Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Planning Framework and offer guests the opportunity to pose questions and provide comments. Read more »


Marylanders reminded to Stay Smart, Stay Safe in Winter Weather

adult showing a young angler his latest catch ice fishing

Photo by Matt Sell

Check conditions and plan ahead before venturing out

With winter still flexing its muscles, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources urges outdoors enthusiasts to stay smart and safe. Cold-weather hazards are hard to see ─ particularly at night ─ and even a small mistake can quickly turn deadly.

“We encourage everyone to enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities, but we urge you to stay alert for unexpected weather and exercise caution,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, Maryland Natural Resources Police superintendent. “It doesn’t take much for conditions to deteriorate, especially when temperatures fluctuate.” Read more »


DNR Certifies New Clean Marina in Baltimore County

Lee Dregier, past commodore of Crescent Yacht Club,  pictured with Mark O’Mally, Director of DNR Boating Services, and Program Manager Donna Morrow

Lee Dregier, past commodore of Crescent Yacht Club (L), with DNR Boating Services Director Mark O’Malley, and Clean Marina Program Manager Donna Morrow

The Crescent Yacht Club in Essex is the latest Clean Marina certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The facility earned the award for its work to prevent pollution and meet regulations for more sustainable operations.    Read more »


Renovations to Fifteen Mile Creek Boat Ramp Completed

15 mile creek

Fifteen Mile Creek Access After

The Fifteen Mile Creek boating access site in Little Orleans is the latest in a series of Western Maryland facilities to receive a complete makeover. The project has made accessing the water much easier with a new boat ramp, increased parking and improved access areas. Read more »