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
Acting 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
The State permanently preserved 335 acres of woodland and farmland, eliminating 25 development rights in Harford County through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the two easements in the Deer Creek Rural Legacy area at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more
The Rural Legacy Program will receive $16.03 million in Fiscal Year 2015 grants to permanently preserve working farms and other important natural lands throughout Maryland. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the funding at today’s meeting in Annapolis. 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
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.
Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) hosted more than 100 guests at a reception last night at the Government House in Annapolis to honor land donors and recognize volunteers. Governor O’Malley recognized 30 landowners from across the State for their private land donations to MET, from November 2012 through today. These conservation easements have permanently protected 3,260 acres of scenic, historic, cultural and environmentally-sensitive lands from development. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) awarded a total of $9,000 to 21 community groups and schools across the State to restore streamside habitats, create community gardens and educate citizens about the environment as part of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program.
“MET is pleased to provide financial assistance to schools and nonprofit groups to promote environmental education and projects that enhance and maintain the environment,” said MET Director Elizabeth Buxton. “Keep Maryland Beautiful is the oldest program administered by MET and is funded by the Maryland State Highway Administration and through private contributions.” Read more
After a year of planning and construction, the new Arboretum Trail at Elk Neck State Forest is now open to the public. The trail consists of a half-mile walking track, picnic tables, benches, numerous interpretive signs, and 96 native trees and shrubs with educational labels. 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