The 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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Portions of the Western Maryland Rail Trail will be closed for scheduled maintenance weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10 through 27 to ensure the safety of visitors. The work will remove trees and limbs damaged by insects and recent ice storms. Read more