Calling all photographers! The Department of Natural Resources has a Maryland Fishing Guide cover in need of an exciting snapshot!
The shot that best showcases Maryland sport fishing will be featured on the cover of the 2015 Maryland Fishing Guide. The winner will also receive a one-year subscription to the Maryland Natural Resource magazine along with a 2015 State Park Passport, which will provide unlimited day-use entry for everyone in the car and unlimited boat launching at all State Park facilities for the entire year. Read more
DNR seeks fishing observations from anglers statewide
Two anglers won $100 Bass Pro Shop gift cards for providing fishing trip information to the Maryland Volunteer Angler Survey last year. Taking home the prizes were Alisha Duquin of Hagerstown for reporting her observations to the multispecies freshwater portion, and Matt Stahl of Essex for supplying Yellow Perch information from his outing. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources relies on such anglers to provide data to help with fishery monitoring and management efforts. Read more
What: Open House to present plans for major oyster restoration efforts in the Little Choptank River and gather public input
When: February 27 from 3 to 8 p.m. Where: Sojourner Douglass College Auditorium, 824 Fairmount Ave, Cambridge
This open house allows participants to stop by at their convenience to learn about and share their thoughts on Maryland’s latest plans for oyster restoration ─ sanctuary enhancements in the Little Choptank River. Efforts include adding more oysters and substrate to expand the sanctuary, boost oyster reproduction and improve water quality. The event is hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read more
Open House Tuesday, March 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. in Annapolis
Three decades after the first Chesapeake Bay Agreement was signed, Chesapeake Bay Program partners and jurisdictions are seeking public input on a new agreement that will guide the next chapter of restoration across the watershed, recommitting citizens, stakeholders and local governments to conservation success. Read more
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Who: Teachers, students, environmental groups, citizens When: Saturday, February 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Ln, Columbia Contact: Sara Weglein, coordinator, email@example.com
Maryland Biological Stream Survey stream sampling protocols are currently required by some counties and State agencies ─ and the program can always use volunteers to help fill the gaps where crews can’t sample! To accommodate all interests and requirements, DNR offers various training opportunities and levels of certification. Read more
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
The draft of the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement has been released for public comment. The draft Agreement outlines a new plan for collaboration across the Bay’s political boundaries and clarifies the Bay Program’s vision and values. It establishes a series of interrelated goals and outcomes that will achieve results to protect and restore the Bay, its tributaries and the lands that surround them, as well as the health of the more than 17 million people who live here. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will begin releasing Rainbow and Brown Trout in streams and lakes across the State in early February. The stocking dates and locations will be dependent on stream, ground and weather conditions. By the start of summer, DNR will have released around 335,000 trout at more than 130 areas throughout Maryland. Read more