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24
Apr

Spring Rockfish Season Kicks off in Maryland’s Portion of the Chesapeake Bay

Captain Keith Allston Jr. and Junior Abell showcase a rockfish  caught during opening day aboard Rod Bender Charters out of Solomons. Photo by Ashley Abell.

Captain Keith Allston Jr. and Junior Abell showcase a rockfish caught opening day aboard Rod Bender Charters out of Solomons. Photo by Ashley Abell.

The spring recreational fishing season for Maryland’s iconic Striped Bass, better known as rockfish has sport fishing anglers out on the water hoping to reel in a big one. The State’s Chesapeake Bay spring Striped Bass season runs from April 19 through May 15 with a one fish per person per day limit and a minimum size of 28 inches.

“The spring season offers recreational anglers a great opportunity to enjoy time on the water with friends and family and share the excitement of fishing for trophy-size rockfish,” said DNR Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. Read more »

23
Apr

Color Maryland Green Contest Names Winners

(L to R) MDE Secretary Bob Summers, Grand Prize Winner Kern Lee of Gaithersburg, and DNR Secretary Joe Gill

Grand prize artwork to be featured on Bay Game cover

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill, and the Department of the Environment Secretary Bob Summers, today announced the winners of the Color Maryland Green contest at an award ceremony at Tawes Garden in Annapolis. The top 10 creations were chosen from 120 contestants, grades K-12, who submitted original artwork and poetry inspired by their appreciation for the State’s natural world. The grand prize winner was Fragaria and Oriole by Kern Lee of Gaithersburg, which will be featured on the cover of the 2014-2015 Maryland Bay GameRead more »

23
Apr

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 dnr.md.gov/forests/nursery
Contact: 1-800-873-3763 or seedlingsales@dnr.state.md.us

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

22
Apr

NRP to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

When: Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Select NRP Offices
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Free
Contact: 1-800-882-9539
 

The Maryland Natural Resources Police warns that keeping outdated medication could lead to abuse or accidental ingestion and flushing it can harm Maryland’s water quality and underwater life. NRP encourages citizens to bring their unwanted medicine to select area offices as a part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Read more

22
Apr

Dan’s Mountain State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo

Who: Youth 16 and under
Where: Dan’s Mountain State Park, 17410 Recreation Area Road SW, Lonaconing
When: Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Cost: Free
Contact: 301-895-5453
 

Young anglers of all skill levels are invited to enjoy a morning of fun and fishing at Dan’s Mountain State Park’s annual Youth Fishing Rodeo.

“The Fishing Rodeo is a great opportunity for kids to learn and enjoy the sport of fishing in a pressure-free environment,” said Park Ranger Luke Mongrain. Read more »

22
Apr

Patapsco Valley State Park to Host Family Fun Day

Ranger Bode shows a screech owl at a Scales & Tales Program


When: Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Patapsco Valley State Park, 5120 South Street, Halethorpe
Cost: Free with coupon
Contact: 410-465-3287
Who: Open to the Public
 

Patapsco Valley State Park staff invites visitors to join them for an afternoon of crafts, a Scales & Tales live animal display, relay races, tree plantings, disc golf, nature programs and more!

“We invite everyone to help us kick off spring and summer at Patapsco Valley State Park with free entry, family-friendly activities, and exploration of the park’s diverse outdoor opportunities,” said Volunteer Coordinator Donna Seymour. “We have something for all ages and interests so come by and check it out!” Read more »

21
Apr

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police charged three men with hunting and boating violations this past weekend. Read more »

17
Apr

NRP, Good Samaritans Rescue Six Boaters from Magothy River

Mishap serves as a reminder to always wear a life jacket

A Maryland Natural Resources Police officer and two Good Samaritans in a sailboat battled gusty winds, three-foot waves and bone-chilling water temperatures to rescue six people, all of whom were wearing a lifejacket, from a sinking boat in the Magothy River last weekend.  Read more »

17
Apr

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police issued citations over the last week for illegal striped bass fishing, turkey hunting and brush burning. Read more »

17
Apr

Assateague State Park Project Puts Hold on Campsite Reservations for 2015

camper at AssateagueAssateague State Park is holding off on accepting reservations for the 2015 camping season until it has a more finite schedule for a proposed winter project. The park will announce an update on the project’s status and designate an opening date on its website October 6. Staff will not have any further information until this time. Read more »