The “State of Deep Creek Lake and Watershed” will be presented on Thursday, July 24 at Garrett College Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The meeting will be hosted by Secretary Joe Gill of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Garrett County Commissioners. It will include updates on the current state of the lake and its natural resources, the current state of growth in the watershed, and the official release of the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan. The public comment period for the Plan will be July 25 – August 23. Read more
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
“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
The hunt is on! The Diamond Jim component of the 2014 Maryland Fishing Challenge kicked off today when DNR biologists and members of the Maryland Youth Fishing Club caught, tagged and released the first round of striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay. One of these tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim, worth $10,000 to the angler who catches it before midnight on June 30, 2014. The other tagged “imposter” rockfish are worth at least $500 each if caught and registered before midnight on Labor Day, September 1, 2014. Read more
In celebration of Maryland’s abundant natural resources and exciting recreational opportunities, Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed June Great Outdoors Month. Even better, enjoying the State’s outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app, AccessDNR! Read more
Everyone is invited to grab a rod, get outside and enjoy the State’s excellent fishing opportunities through free fishing days on June 7, June 14 and July 4. No fishing license, stamp or registration is required to recreationally fish in State waters on these days. Read more
DNR Parks and Lands will Remain Open
All Maryland Department of Natural Resources offices, including regional service centers, will be closed Friday, May 23 for a Service Reduction Day. DNR asks all boaters to plan accordingly, and register their boats early. Anglers can purchase fishing licenses online 24/7 at dnr.state.md.us/service/license.asp or by phone at 1-855-855-3906.
Maryland State Parks and other public lands managed by DNR will remain staffed and open to the public. For more information on State Parks visit dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/.
DNR Secretary Joseph Gill issued the following statement upon learning of Michael Luisi’s receipt of the ASMFC Award of Excellence:
“On behalf the Department of Natural Resources– and all who enjoy and appreciate Maryland’s diverse fisheries – I congratulate Mike Luisi on his receipt of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Award of Excellence and thank him for a job well done. As Director of DNR’s Estuarine and Marine Fisheries Division, Mike’s exemplary work on behalf of Maryland’s summer flounder and black sea bass helped create sound management guidelines and policies for these important species. It is truly rewarding to see Mike’s colleagues – at both the State and Federal level – recognize his countless hours of hard work, including collaboration with a multitude of stakeholders to account for varying interests. This recognition is well-deserved and much appreciated.”
To view ASMFC press release on the award winners, visit http://asmfc.org/uploads/file/53763eaepr14AAE_2014_1.pdf.
Maryland’s newest tool to detect natural resources lawbreakers, protect the homeland and assist boaters in distress was recognized earlier this month by the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration at its annual meeting in Baltimore.
The Agency Award for Innovations in Public Service was presented to DNR Deputy Secretary Frank Dawson and Capt. David Larsen of the Maryland Natural Resources Police on May 13 for the development and use of the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN). Read more