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Maryland Adds 52 Acres to Rural Legacy Area in Baltimore County

Photo of a farm by Sabine Dickens

Photo by Sabine Dickens

The State permanently preserved 52 acres of woodland, eliminating one developmental right, through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement in the Gunpowder Falls Rural Legacy Area at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »


Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm CWMA to Open to Hunting

Turkey Starting October 16, there will be a new public hunting opportunity available in Calvert County. The 206-acre Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Cooperative Wildlife Management Area (CWMA), located in Prince Frederick, will be open to regulated deer and spring turkey hunting only. The site will follow the season dates and bag limits in the 2014-2015 Guide to Hunting and Trapping in MarylandRead more »


Firewood Can Carry Invasive Hitchhikers Detrimental to Ash Trees

Emerald Ash Borer BeetleCitizens reminded to buy local wood

As winter approaches and citizens stock up on firewood for the cold months ahead, many do not realize they may be bringing home more than burning supplies. With firewood being the main means of transport for the destructive emerald ash borer beetle, the State reminds all Marylanders to buy their wood locally to help limit the spread.  Read more »


Maryland Adds 203 Acres to Rural Legacy Area in Frederick County

Landscape of Trees. Photo By Avi Bender

Photo By Avi Bender

The State permanently preserved 203 acres of woodland and farmland, eliminating 7 developmental rights through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement in the Mid-Maryland Frederick Rural Legacy area at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »


Celebrate Fall, Plant a Tree!

Everyone can help make a difference!

Governor O’Malley reminds of new Marylanders Plant Trees goal

With the season’s cooler temperatures, moderate rainfall and soft ground, autumn is one of the best times to plant a tree. Today, Governor Martin O’Malley reminds citizens to take advantage of fall’s opportunities and, in doing so, help Maryland reach its latest goal of 150,000 trees in 2015. Read more »


DNR Awards Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants to 39 Departments

Firefighters putting out a huge brushfire, surrounded in smike. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service is awarding Volunteer Fire Assistance grants to 39 volunteer fire departments in 15 Maryland counties this year. DNR will grant approximately $90,000 to help provide the resources for these men and women to better fight wildfires in rural communities. Read more »


Park Quest 2014 Reaches End of Trail with Fun and Prizes

Kids practicing putting out mock wildfires at the Forestry Service's display

Kids practicing putting out mock wildfires at the Forestry Service’s display

Under bright, blue skies, more than 1,200 people Saturday celebrated the end of summer and all things special about Maryland State Parks at the seventh annual Park Quest Rendezvous.

A total of 266 teams took part in activities at Patapsco Valley State Park, ranging from Ranger Bingo to the Natural Resources Police’s Water Safety instruction. At the end of the day, participants whose tickets were drawn won prize packages guaranteed to spark continued outdoors adventures. Read more »


Annapolis Woman Wins Top Prize in DNR Photo Contest

Winnning Photo: Red-footed Cannibalfly by Laurie Brice

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill today announced the winners of the 11th annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. Approximately 150 photographers entered nearly 800 photographs this year. Laurie Brice of Annapolis earned the grand prize for her up-close Red-footed Cannibalfly taken at the Glendenning Butterfly Garden within the Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Read more »


DNR to Host Day to Serve Projects September 11-28

A family particpating in last year's Day to Serve, planting trees at Patapsco ValleyState Park

A family participates in last year’s Day to Serve by planting trees at Patapsco Valley State Park

Volunteers needed to help with State Park Cleanups Sept. 27

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is participating in the multi-state Day to Serve volunteer effort kicking off September 11. The agency is hosting a number of service projects, from a statewide food drive to State Park cleanups, giving Marylanders the opportunity to help their fellow citizens and their natural world. Read more »


NRP Charges 10 Men with Riding Off-Road Vehicles on Protected State Land

Natural Resources Police LogoActing on a citizen complaint, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers charged 10 all-terrain vehicle riders Saturday with illegally operating in the Youghiogheny Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) in Western Maryland. Read more »