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Posts from the ‘Maryland State Parks’ Category

15
Jul

Public Meeting: State of Deep Creek Lake and Watershed

Photo of boaters on the lake The “State of Deep Creek Lake and Watershed” will be presented on Thursday, July 24 at Garrett College Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The meeting will be hosted by Secretary Joe Gill of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Garrett County Commissioners. It will include updates on the current state of the lake and its natural resources, the current state of growth in the watershed, and the official release of the Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan.  The public comment period for the Plan will be July 25 – August 23. Read more »

10
Jul

NRP, State Parks Officials Urge Water Safety after Deadly July 4 Weekend

Officer assists a boater who fell from a speeding jet ski on the Severn River

Officer assists a boater who fell from a speeding jet ski on the Severn River

Cool, refreshing, inviting—and potentially deadly.

“Maryland is blessed with many lakes and rivers and the Chesapeake Bay that are perfect spots to gather with friends and family to cool off,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill. “But those places also can be dangerous if you aren’t prepared or you don’t respect the power of water.”

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30
Jun

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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19
Jun

DNR Celebrates “Walk Off the War” Veterans as they Hike through Washington Monument State Park

Lt. Col. Chris Bushman, MD Veteran Affairs Secretary Ed Chow, and Christina Holden, along with Warrior Hikers at Washington Monument State Park.

Lt. Col. Chris Bushman, MD Veteran Affairs Secretary Ed Chow, and Christina Holden with Warrior Hikers.

The Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Park Service hosted veterans participating in the Warrior Hike Walk Off The War program as they journeyed through Maryland’s portion of the legendary Appalachian Trail on June 12 at Washington Monument State Park. Park staff greeted the hikers with a much-appreciated potluck dinner organized by Christina Holden, Veteran Outreach Manager for the Maryland Park Service. Maryland Veterans Affairs Secretary Edward Chow, park staff and volunteers, and representatives from the Warrior Hike also joined in the celebration. Read more »

5
Jun

$10,000 Diamond Jim on the Loose!

A tagged fish ready for release

A tagged fish ready for release

The hunt is on! The Diamond Jim component of the 2014 Maryland Fishing Challenge kicked off today when DNR biologists and members of the Maryland Youth Fishing Club caught, tagged and released the first round of striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay. One of these tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim, worth $10,000 to the angler who catches it before midnight on June 30, 2014. The other tagged “imposter” rockfish are worth at least $500 each if caught and registered before midnight on Labor Day, September 1, 2014. Read more »

4
Jun

NRP Blotter

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police charged 10 people during the past week with offenses ranging from assault to drug possession on State lands. Read more »

2
Jun

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 »

30
May

Assateague State Park Marina Reopened

New and improved pier

New and improved pier

The Assateague State Park Marina is now reopen. Repairs were made due to damage from Superstorm Sandy which hit the coastal area in October 2012. This project included replacement of pilings, decking, and floating pier. 

The marina offers boat ramps, fishing pier and bay access for non-motorized vessels such as kayaks and canoes.  The marina is open from sunrise to sunset daily. Pets are permitted to board vessels only.  A self-registration service charge is required for parking and boat launch; Annual Passes are available at the park Ranger Station or online at dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/annualpass.aspx

27
May

Public Invited to Discuss Patuxent River State Park Trail Assessment

biking newWhen: Thursday, June 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Izaak Walton League of America, 26430 Mullinix Mill Road, Mount Airy 

Who: Open to the Public

Contact: 410-260-8149 or dhudson@dnr.state.md.us 

The Maryland Park Service invites residents to join them for a public meeting to discuss an ongoing assessment of existing trail at Patuxent River State Park, which will help guide future park conservation and recreation activities.

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23
May

Dan’s Mountain Pool Expected to Reopen in Mid-June

Dan’s Mountain Swimming Pool and Waterslide

The swimming pool and waterslide at Dan’s Mountain State Park are expected to reopen in mid-June, following a series of renovations that began last fall.  The renovations include installing a new ADA-compliant lift chair and handrails, repainting the pool, and making several necessary repairs. Read more »