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State Approves Recreation Upgrades for Park in Garrett County

Children walking along a path on a sunny day Garrett County families will benefit from Maryland’s signature Program Open Space with today’s Board of Public Works’ approval of funding for recreational upgrades to Eastern Garrett Park.

“Through Program Open Space, in coordination with our local partners, we continue to improve existing recreation areas, ensuring they remain safe and well-maintained, and meet the changing needs of our local communities,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, who presided over the meeting. Read more »


Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area Now 773 Acres Larger

Myrtle nrmaThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources has increased the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area, located in Charles County, by more than 30 percent. The new 773-acre parcel, known as the Pomfret Tract, is now open to the public. With this addition, Myrtle Grove encompasses 2,496 acres and has replaced Cedar Point as the largest Wildlife Management Area in the Southern Maryland.   Read more


State Approves Recreation Enhancements in Garrett, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

More than 1,300 local Program Open Space projects have been funded under O’Malley-Brown Administration

Maryland families will continue to benefit from Maryland’s signature Program Open Space with this week’s Board of Public Works’ approval of funding for recreational upgrades in Garrett, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Read more »


Bill Passed to Permanently Preserve 22,000 Acres of Maryland Wild Areas

The Youghiogheny River Scenic Corridor is a candidate for Wildland designation in Garrett County

The Youghiogheny River Scenic Corridor is a candidate for Wildland designation in Garrett County

Governor O’Malley will sign legislation expanding the State’s Wildlands system by 50 percent

The Maryland General Assembly today passed legislation (SB 336/HB 296) to expand Maryland’s Wildlands system by 50 percent, permanently protecting the wilderness character of 22,000 acres of sensitive State-owned lands. Governor Martin O’Malley formally proposed the legislation at the beginning of the General Assembly session in January.

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DNR Kicks Off the 11th Annual Natural Resource Photo Contest

Now Accepting Online Submissions

Calling all photographers ─ novice, professional and those who just happen to snap a great picture! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. New this year, the contest now features an additional category and an online submission option! Read more »


Love Maryland’s Outdoors? There’s an App for That!

DNR launches mobile app featuring recreation opportunities and news updates

AccessDNR App

AccessDNR App

Enjoying Maryland’s great outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app! The AccessDNR app provides the State’s hunters, anglers, boaters, park-goers ─ anyone seeking outside adventure ─ all of the latest in nature-related recreation, information and news right at their fingertips.

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Maryland Seeking Public Input for Federal Action on Climate Change Preparedness

Deadline Extended: Comments accepted via series of surveys through March 21

Photo by Carol Sylveira

Governor Martin O’Malley is calling on stakeholders, elected officials and citizens to provide input on how the Federal government can best assist Maryland in planning for and responding to climate change, through a series of quick and easy online surveys by topic. Governor O’Malley is currently serving as a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, charged with advising the President as to how federal agencies can best help states and communities understand, prepare for, and reduce the impacts of climate change. Read more »


Public Invited to Little Choptank River Oyster Restoration Open House

Who: Residents are invited to talk with representatives from DNR, NOAA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
What: Open House to present plans for major oyster restoration efforts in the Little Choptank River and gather public input
When: February 27 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Where: Sojourner Douglass College Auditorium, 824 Fairmount Ave, Cambridge

This open house allows participants to stop by at their convenience to learn about and share their thoughts on Maryland’s latest plans for oyster restoration ─ sanctuary enhancements in the Little Choptank River. Efforts include adding more oysters and substrate to expand the sanctuary, boost oyster reproduction and improve water quality.  The event is hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read more »


Recreation Areas in Montgomery and Washington Counties to See Enhancements

New, brightly colored playgroundRecreation areas in Montgomery and Washington 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.  Read more »


2013-14 Deer Season Results Released

Photo of large buck in a field of tall grass

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Maryland hunters harvested 95,863 deer during the archery, muzzleloader and firearm seasons combined (September 6, 2013 through January 31, 2014). The harvest shows a 10 percent increase over last year’s total of 87,541. Biologists attribute the higher numbers to multiple factors including more hunters participating and better hunting conditions, with deer actively searching for acorns that were scarce in most locations. Read more »