Did you know that 82 percent of residents who visited a Maryland State Park during the past year rated their experience as good or excellent according to a newly-released poll from Goucher College? See firsthand what makes these places so enjoyable with a First Day Hike on January 1. Twenty-one Maryland State Parks are participating in the third annual event that invites families and friends to celebrate the New Year amid the sights, sounds and wonder of our natural world with fun, guided hikes. Read more
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Looking for an invigorating way to kick off the New Year? Ring in 2014 with a First Day Hike January 1 in a state park near you! All 50 states are participating in the third annual event that invites families and friends to celebrate the New Year amid the sights, sounds and wonder of our natural world with fun, guided hikes. Read more
Governor Martin O’Malley was joined by more than 100 partners and stakeholders at the Port of Baltimore this morning for a first-hand look at approximately 2,750 tons of fossilized oyster shell en route to Harris Creek in the Chesapeake Bay. Today’s barge load was the first shipment of material from a Florida quarry that will be used to rebuild habitat in two Maryland oyster sanctuaries, made possible through an exciting new partnership with CSX. Over the next nine months, CSX will transport 112,500 tons of the fossilized shell by train – at cost – to complete planned reef restoration in Harris Creek and make major progress on similar efforts in the Little Choptank. Read more
The Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission named the father/son team of F. Tyler and Webb Johnson 2012 Farmer of the Year December 9 at the Maryland Farm Bureau Convention in Ocean City. The Johnsons, who reside near Chestertown, sustainably manage farms totaling more than 2,300 acres in Kent County. Read more
Recreational areas in Baltimore and Montgomery counties will soon receive funding for upgrades through Program Open Space. Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at Wednesday’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is still accepting public input on the proposed creation of 10 new Wildlands and the expansion of 17 existing Wildlands (click here for the map) by email and postal mail through December 9. Wildlands are State-owned natural areas preserved for their wilderness character or sensitive natural resources. Read more
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will have four boats available this winter to break up ice on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The cleared passageways allow for watermen, tug boat and barge captains, and marine crews to continue work through the season. Read more
The busiest weekend of deer hunting season was a safe one for the thousands of men and women who used the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while filling their freezers for the months ahead.
Maryland Natural Resources Police statewide checked 1,639 hunters and wrote 96 citations and 247 warnings. In all, NRP spent 1,791 hours on game patrols.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be opening properties in Elk Neck State Forest to hunting starting November 30, 2013. Acquired by DNR in 2011 from the Martinuk family, the land is located at the 2400 block of Old Elk Neck Road in Elkton. Read more
DNR receives $1.5 million to improve boating infrastructure on State waters
From a new boat ramp in Anne Arundel County to replacement slips at Deal Island Harbor, two dozen waterway improvement projects across the State are getting an infusion of $1.5 million thanks to a formula change in the State Motor Fuel Tax disbursement. Read more