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Rural Legacy Program Receives $16 Million to Protect Maryland Landscapes

Piney Run Rural Legacy Easement

A Piney Run Rural Legacy Easement

The Rural Legacy Program will receive $16.03 million in Fiscal Year 2015 grants to permanently preserve working farms and other important natural lands throughout Maryland. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the funding at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »


DNR Brings the Great Outdoors to the Maryland State Fair!

Bird as part of the Scales and Tales program at the State Fair Discover the beauty and wonder of Maryland’s great outdoors through an interactive exhibit hosted by the Department of Natural Resources at the 133rd State Fair in Timonium, August 22 through September 1. The exhibit will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Read more »


State Parks Across Maryland Now Listed As Green Travel Destinations

Maryland Green Travel Manager Catherine Batavick presents Green Travel Certificate to Park Service’s Steve McCoy and Christina Holden.

Thirty-five Maryland State Parks have been approved as partners of Maryland Green Travel, a free and voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable environmental practices by businesses in the tourism industry.

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Governor O’Malley Recognizes Landowners for Protecting Scenic and Natural Areas

Governor O'Malley presenting a Governor's citation to Commissioner Robert Simmons for the Queen Anne's County easement donation.

Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Simmons receives Governor’s Citation for an easement donation

Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET)  hosted more than 100 guests at a reception last night at the Government House in Annapolis to honor land donors and recognize volunteers. Governor O’Malley recognized 30 landowners from across the State for their private land donations to MET, from November 2012 through today. These conservation easements have permanently protected 3,260 acres of scenic, historic, cultural and environmentally-sensitive lands from development. Read more »


Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Awarded to 21 Schools and Organizations across the State

A past Keep Maryland Beautiful award given to the Newborn Holistic Ministries Jubilee Arts Program for a Meditation Garden in Baltimore.

A past KMB award given to the Newborn Holistic Ministries Jubilee Arts Program for a Meditation Garden in Baltimore.

The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) awarded a total of $9,000 to 21 community groups and schools across the State to restore streamside habitats, create community gardens and educate citizens about the environment as part of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program.  

“MET is pleased to provide financial assistance to schools and nonprofit groups to promote environmental education and projects that enhance and maintain the environment,” said MET Director Elizabeth Buxton. “Keep Maryland Beautiful is the oldest program administered by MET and is funded by the Maryland State Highway Administration and through private contributions.” Read more »


Elk Neck State Forest Arboretum Trail Now Open


Elk Neck State Forest Arboretum Trail

After a year of planning and construction, the new Arboretum Trail at Elk Neck State Forest is now open to the public. The trail consists of a half-mile walking track, picnic tables, benches, numerous interpretive signs, and 96 native trees and shrubs with educational labels.  Read more »


June is Great Outdoors Month: Get outside with New DNR Mobile App

Courtesy of Brian Walsh

In celebration of Maryland’s abundant natural resources and exciting recreational opportunities, Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed June Great Outdoors Month. Even better, enjoying the State’s outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app, AccessDNR! Read more »


Garrett County State Parks and Forests Trail Project Moves Forward

Mountain bikers overlooking a cliff amongst the coloful fall leavesThe 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 »


Maryland Adds 111 Acres to Rural Legacy Areas in Washington County

Photo: Farm by Chuck Aaron

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 »


100 Trees Donated to New Germany State Park

Planting staff and volunteers

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 »