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Last Call for State Tree Nursery Orders

Photo of Nursery Entrance sign Who: Private Landowners in Maryland and Delaware
When: Now through May 1, 2014
Where: Online at
Contact: 1-800-873-3763 or

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ John S. Ayton State Forest Tree Nursery is still accepting seedling orders, now through Thursday, May 1. There are many tree species available to meet a variety of aesthetic and environmental needs. Read more


Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area Now 773 Acres Larger

Myrtle nrmaThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources has increased the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area, located in Charles County, by more than 30 percent. The new 773-acre parcel, known as the Pomfret Tract, is now open to the public. With this addition, Myrtle Grove encompasses 2,496 acres and has replaced Cedar Point as the largest Wildlife Management Area in the Southern Maryland.   Read more »


Maryland Adds 188 Acres to Rural Legacy Areas in Talbot County

The newly conserved land is home to the threatened Delmarva fox squirrel.

The State this week conserved 188 acres through the Rural Legacy Program, eliminating six developmental rights to permanently protect farm and forest lands in Talbot County. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement on the Price property at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »


DNR Announces Arbor Day Poster Contest Winners

2014 Arbor Day First Place Poster Winner

2014 Arbor Day Poster Contest First Place Winner

In celebration of Maryland’s Arbor Day, the Maryland Urban & Community Forestry Council today announced the winners of the 2014 Maryland Arbor Day poster contest, The Free State is the Tree State. The contest – which was open to fifth grade students across the State of Maryland − was sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service, in partnership with the Maryland Forest Conservancy District Boards and the National Arbor Day Foundation.

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Bill Passed to Permanently Preserve 22,000 Acres of Maryland Wild Areas

The Youghiogheny River Scenic Corridor is a candidate for Wildland designation in Garrett County

The Youghiogheny River Scenic Corridor is a candidate for Wildland designation in Garrett County

Governor O’Malley will sign legislation expanding the State’s Wildlands system by 50 percent

The Maryland General Assembly today passed legislation (SB 336/HB 296) to expand Maryland’s Wildlands system by 50 percent, permanently protecting the wilderness character of 22,000 acres of sensitive State-owned lands. Governor Martin O’Malley formally proposed the legislation at the beginning of the General Assembly session in January.

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DNR Kicks Off the 11th Annual Natural Resource Photo Contest

Now Accepting Online Submissions

Calling all photographers ─ novice, professional and those who just happen to snap a great picture! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. New this year, the contest now features an additional category and an online submission option! Read more »


DNR Forest Service Offices in Cumberland to Relocate to Rocky Gap

The DNR Forest Service Western Regional and Allegany County Project offices will be relocating from leased space in downtown Cumberland to Rocky Gap State Park effective March 25, 2014. The offices will occupy a DNR facility located at 14110 Pleasant Valley Road, Flintstone, MD, 21530. All telephone numbers will remain the same. Read more »


Maryland Land Conservation Conference Accepting Registrants

Keynote Speaker DNR Secretary Joe Gill

Keynote Speaker DNR Secretary Joe Gill

When: April 3 & 4
Where: Claggett Center, 3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown (Frederick County)
Contact: 410-533-4627
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: $68/day or $135/both days
Special rates available if booked by March 14

This year’s Maryland Land Conservation Conference will address the many challenges facing land conservationists throughout the State and will feature keynote speaker DNR Secretary Joe Gill. Bigger and better than ever, this two-day event will include educational workshops, field trips, peer-to-peer networking opportunities and an evening reception.  Read more »


DNR Welcomes Public Input on State Forest Annual Work Plans

Beautiful aerial view of Green Ridge State Forest with leaves changing color in fall

Green Ridge State Forest

Comment deadline March 31

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently seeking public comment on the proposed 2015 fiscal year work plan for Potomac-Garrett, Green Ridge, Savage River, Chesapeake, and Pocomoke State Forests. Read more »


Cunningham Falls State Park Reopens Manor Area Following Tree Clean-Up

Photo from park of trail with bridge going over a stream. The Manor Area of Cunningham Falls State Park has reopened to the public as work to clear hazardous trees nears completion. Read more »