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.
The State has added 100 acres to its permanently protected rural landscape and eliminated several developmental rights in Carroll County. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land located in the Little Pipe Creek Rural Legacy Area.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that of the three off-road vehicle (ORV) trails proposed for State-owned lands in Western Maryland, St. John’s Rock in Garrett County on the Savage River State Forest was the single property selected for ORV use. DNR made the decision based on comments gathered during the public input period this summer/fall. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service is awarding Volunteer Fire Assistance grants to 43 volunteer fire departments across the State this year. DNR will help fund projects in 15 counties to provide these men and women with the tools to better fight wildfires in rural communities. Read more
Landmark no-net-loss policy aims to combat climate change
Effective today, landowners in Maryland have new incentives to plant trees and better manage their forests. Maryland’s Forest Preservation Act of 2013, which requires that the State stay at or above its current tree canopy of 40 percent, assists citizens and local governments who work to increase tree cover on their property with more tools and tax benefits. This first-of-its-kind legislation is part of a statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, prevent further climate change and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service is collecting non-perishable food items at its Put out the Fire of Hunger – fill a DNR Fire Dozer event taking place in Marriottsville, Cambridge and Hagerstown tomorrow, September 28.
- Patapsco Valley State Park, McKeldin Area: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (11676 Marriottsville Rd)
- Cambridge Walmart: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (2775 Dorchester Sq)
- Hagerstown Walmart: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (17850 Garland Groh Blvd) Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on the proposed creation of 10 new Wildlands and the expansion of 17 existing Wildlands (click here for the map). Wildlands are State-owned natural areas preserved for their wilderness character or sensitive natural resources. Starting in late October, the department will be holding public meetings in nine counties across the State to collect comments on designating additional Wildlands. Read more
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Joe Gill today announced the winners of the 10th annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. More than 150 photographers entered nearly 900 photographs this year. Graham Slaughter of Woolford took overall top honors with his photograph, Butterfly, of a Black Swallowtail sitting atop a golden Black-eyed Susan. Read more