The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is still accepting public input on the proposed creation of 10 new Wildlands and the expansion of 17 existing Wildlands (click here for the map) by email and postal mail through December 9. Wildlands are State-owned natural areas preserved for their wilderness character or sensitive natural resources. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be opening properties in Elk Neck State Forest to hunting starting November 30, 2013. Acquired by DNR in 2011 from the Martinuk family, the land is located at the 2400 block of Old Elk Neck Road in Elkton. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Advisory Commission named Peter Stango its 2012 Wildlife Employee of the Year at an award ceremony on November 20 in Annapolis. As the Assistant State Community Ecologist, Stango dedicates his time and energy to protecting Maryland’s natural heritage and is a true team player, always helping his fellow colleagues. Read more
The State has added 1,088 acres to its permanently protected rural landscape and eliminated 124 developmental rights in four counties. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land located in Carroll, St. Mary’s, Wicomico and Worcester counties. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently seeking public input on proposed regulations that govern the use of Maryland’s Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). Many of these proposals are administrative in nature, such as updating acreage and outdated regulations, and adding newly acquired properties. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be holding four off-road vehicle (ORV) trail evaluation rides on the proposed St. John’s Rock-Red Dog Road area of Savage River State Forest. The rides will take place November 3 and 17, and December 15 and 29, with each limited to the first 15 registered ORV applicants. Read more
At least $10 million targeted for urban restoration projects
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking proposals from local governments and non-governmental organizations that will help reduce stormwater runoff in areas heavily impacted by prior development. The State will award at least $10 million for urban restoration efforts that will have the greatest impact in reducing sediment and nutrient pollution. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy have permanently protected 160 acres of farmland along the Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway from development through a conservation easement. MET works with local land trusts and property owners to safeguard the beautiful, priority lands that surround Maryland’s network of scenic byways. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting tree seedling orders through the John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery. There are more than 50 tree species ─ many new to the nursery this year ─ available to meet a variety of aesthetic and environmental needs.
Recreational Projects in Carroll, Frederick, Kent and Harford counties will soon receive funding for upgrades through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis.