The Board of Public Works approved the development of new natural surface trails on State lands in Garrett County at its May 14 meeting in Annapolis. When all phases are complete, the project will provide more than 30 miles of new trails coursing through and linking Deep Creek Lake, Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls State Parks, and Garrett State Forest. Read more
The State today permanently preserved approximately 111 acres of farmland, eliminating seven developmental rights, in Washington County through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement on the Payne-Holder property at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more
Savage River Watershed Association helps replace trees lost to Hurricane Sandy
Savage River Watershed Association donated more than 100 red spruce trees to New Germany State Park to replace some of the many hemlocks lost during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The trees were planted along the banks of Poplar Lick Run, a native Brook Trout stream that flows from New Germany Lake to Savage River. Read more
DNR Secretary Joe Gill, Maryland Forest Service staff, and Lawn to Woodland participants, gathered today in Brookeville to plant a tree on private property as part of the new program and recognize staff instrumental in its inception. The program, which helps Maryland landowners convert unused lawn to forest cover, is currently being piloted to eligible Arbor Day Foundation members in Montgomery, Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties. Read more
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
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