Announces recipients of Keep Maryland Beautiful and Jan Hollmann
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) awarded $34,054 in grants to school groups and land trusts for State health, beautification and stewardship projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful and Jan Hollmann programs.
Maryland establishes first in the nation policy
Governor Martin O’Malley today signed into law first-of-its-kind legislation that amends Maryland’s forest conservation policy to maintain the State’s current 40 percent tree canopy ─ a no-net-loss. The bill establishes new and expanded reforestation incentives and tools to help landowners and local governments meet and surpass the statewide goal. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust’s (MET) 13th annual statewide Land Conservation Conference, The Challenge of Perpetuity, lent itself to great dialogue and informative workshops, providing guests with opportunities to exchange ideas and solutions regarding the challenges of land conservation. More than 140 people from 80 land conservation organizations across the Chesapeake Bay region convened on April 23, at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, for the daylong training and networking event. Read more
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New Germany and Big Run State Parks need volunteers to help pull garlic mustard, an invasive species that spreads aggressively and out-competes native plants. Read more
Program accepting proposals through May 30
This spring, more than 2,000 students from across Maryland got an early start on their Earth Day contributions, planting trees to improve water quality through Governor Martin O’Malley’s Stream Restoration Challenge. The program ─ which is still accepting proposals ─ provides grants for students and groups to carry out projects to improve Chesapeake Bay water quality through service learning and environmental education activities. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy have permanently protected 226 acres of farmland along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway from development through a conservation easement. Read more
High school students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, wildlife or parks management are invited to join teens from Maryland and surrounding states at Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 21 to 27 in Garrett County. Experts from a variety of conservation fields will provide campers with a firsthand look at what a career in natural resources is all about. Read more
The rifle and shotgun ranges at Elk Neck State Forest will be closed on April 15, 16, and 17 so staff can replace safety baffles destroyed by a fire in February. If repairs are completed ahead of schedule, the ranges will resume with their normal hours. The pistol and archery ranges will not be affected. For more information call the forest office at 410-287-5675.
Governor Martin O’Malley kicked off spring planting season by proclaiming today, April 3, Arbor Day in Maryland, and encouraging every Marylander to celebrate by planting and registering a tree this spring.
“Trees protect our water quality, clean our air, provide wildlife habitat and beautify our communities,” said Governor O’Malley, who received the Arbor Day Foundation’s first ever, national Vision Award last year. “In celebration of Arbor Day, we encourage every Marylander to get outside and plant a tree that will help us keep Maryland cleaner and greener for generations to come.” Read more