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Bidding Opens for Trapping Privileges on Select Lower Eastern Shore DNR Properties

Muskrat The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting bids for the 2014-2015 trapping seasons at Cedar Island, Deal Island, E. A. Vaughn, Fairmount, Isle of Wight, Maryland Marine Properties, Pocomoke River, Pocomoke Sound, Sinepuxent Bay, South Marsh Island, Wellington, and Johnson wildlife management areas (WMA), Hickory Point Natural Heritage Area and Janes Island State Park. Read more »


Maryland Park Service Selected as a Telly Award Winner

Creators Diane Feheley, Christina Holden and Stephen Badger of the Maryland Park Service

The Telly Awards has named the Maryland Park Service as a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their piece, Gratitude for Maryland State Parks. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. Read more »


Firewood Can Carry Invasive Hitchhikers Detrimental to Ash Trees

Emerald Ash Borer BeetleCitizens reminded to buy local wood

As winter approaches and citizens stock up on firewood for the cold months ahead, many do not realize they may be bringing home more than burning supplies. With firewood being the main means of transport for the destructive emerald ash borer beetle, the State reminds all Marylanders to buy their wood locally to help limit the spread.  Read more »


Park Quest 2014 Reaches End of Trail with Fun and Prizes

Kids practicing putting out mock wildfires at the Forestry Service's display

Kids practicing putting out mock wildfires at the Forestry Service’s display

Under bright, blue skies, more than 1,200 people Saturday celebrated the end of summer and all things special about Maryland State Parks at the seventh annual Park Quest Rendezvous.

A total of 266 teams took part in activities at Patapsco Valley State Park, ranging from Ranger Bingo to the Natural Resources Police’s Water Safety instruction. At the end of the day, participants whose tickets were drawn won prize packages guaranteed to spark continued outdoors adventures. Read more »


Annapolis Woman Wins Top Prize in DNR Photo Contest

Winnning Photo: Red-footed Cannibalfly by Laurie Brice

Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill today announced the winners of the 11th annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. Approximately 150 photographers entered nearly 800 photographs this year. Laurie Brice of Annapolis earned the grand prize for her up-close Red-footed Cannibalfly taken at the Glendenning Butterfly Garden within the Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Read more »


DNR to Host Day to Serve Projects September 11-28

A family particpating in last year's Day to Serve, planting trees at Patapsco ValleyState Park

A family participates in last year’s Day to Serve by planting trees at Patapsco Valley State Park

Volunteers needed to help with State Park Cleanups Sept. 27

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is participating in the multi-state Day to Serve volunteer effort kicking off September 11. The agency is hosting a number of service projects, from a statewide food drive to State Park cleanups, giving Marylanders the opportunity to help their fellow citizens and their natural world. Read more »


NRP Charges 10 Men with Riding Off-Road Vehicles on Protected State Land

Natural Resources Police LogoActing on a citizen complaint, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers charged 10 all-terrain vehicle riders Saturday with illegally operating in the Youghiogheny Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) in Western Maryland. Read more »


Maryland Dedicates State Park Visitor Center in Memory of Longtime DNR Employee

William Offutt Johnson

William Offutt Johnson

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Board of Public Works today named the visitor center at the Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area in honor of the late William Offutt Johnson, a longtime DNR employee with an unwavering passion for protecting and enhancing Maryland’s natural lands, and connecting people with the outdoors. Read more »


NRP Reports Labor Day Holiday Celebrated Safely

Children Tubing

Marylanders celebrated the end of summer by having a safe Labor Day weekend on State lands and waterways, the Natural Resources Police reported. Read more »


NRP Urges Everyone to Put Safety First this Holiday Weekend

lifeThe Maryland Natural Resources Police urge everyone this Labor Day holiday to put safety first.

“Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer as tens of thousands of residents and visitors head out on the water, relax in our State’s parks and campgrounds, and begin early hunting seasons,” said Colonel George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “Plan ahead and be vigilant. We need everyone to do their part.”

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