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Posts from the ‘Smart, Green & Growing’ Category

13
Aug

Maryland Adds 356 Acres to Rural Legacy Areas in Somerset and Worcester Counties

Barns at Sunset by John Cardamone

Barns at Sunset by John Cardamone

The State permanently preserved 356 acres of woodland and farmland, eliminating 19 developmental rights through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the two easements in the Dividing Creek Rural Legacy area at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »

4
Aug

NRP Urges Parents to Say “Yes” to Ninja Turtles, “No” to Baby Turtles

DNR Wildlife and NRP urging the public to Say Yes to Ninja Turtles, No to Baby Turtles

DNR Wildlife and NRP urging the public to Say Yes to Ninja Turtles, No to Baby Turtles

With only days before the release of the fifth installment in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie series, the Maryland Natural Resources Police is urging parents to buy young Ninja fans action figures rather than live baby turtles. Read more »

1
Aug

261 Young People Graduate from Conservation Jobs Corps

Successful summer parks program completes seventh year

Today marked a momentous occasion for the 261 young men and women ─ joined by their friends, families and mentors ─ who graduated from the Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC) at a ceremony at North Point State Park in Baltimore County. During their work with the six-week summer job program, Corps members helped enhance park land while gaining green jobs experience and an appreciation for nature.

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23
Jul

Maryland Coast Smart Council Holds First Meeting

Beach water rising under a pier. Photo by Ellen Christianson

Photo by Ellen Christianson

The Maryland Coast Smart Council met yesterday in Annapolis ─ the first of a series of meetings to take place over the next year ─ to develop new construction standards for State agency buildings in areas vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal flooding. Read more »

3
Jul

Maryland Adds 206 Acres to Rural Legacy Areas in Anne Arundel County

Rustic Serenity by Amy Berbert of a beautiful, golden farm property.

Rustic Serenity by Amy Berbert

The State permanently preserved 206 acres of woodland and farmland, eliminating 12 developmental rights in Anne Arundel County through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easements at yesterday’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »

30
Jun

DNR Brings the Great Outdoors to the Maryland State Fair!

Bird as part of the Scales and Tales program at the State Fair Discover the beauty and wonder of Maryland’s great outdoors through an interactive exhibit hosted by the Department of Natural Resources at the 133rd State Fair in Timonium, August 22 through September 1. The exhibit will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Read more »

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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20
Jun

Maryland Adds 228 Acres to Rural Legacy Areas in Charles and Washington Counties

Open farm field with a colorful hot air balloon floating above. Photo by John K. Hatley

Photo by John K. Hatley

The State permanently preserved 228 acres of farmland, eliminating 50 developmental rights, in Charles and Washington counties through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easements at Wednesday’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »

18
Jun

Governor O’Malley Recognizes Landowners for Protecting Scenic and Natural Areas

Governor O'Malley presenting a Governor's citation to Commissioner Robert Simmons for the Queen Anne's County easement donation.

Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Robert Simmons receives Governor’s Citation for an easement donation

Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET)  hosted more than 100 guests at a reception last night at the Government House in Annapolis to honor land donors and recognize volunteers. Governor O’Malley recognized 30 landowners from across the State for their private land donations to MET, from November 2012 through today. These conservation easements have permanently protected 3,260 acres of scenic, historic, cultural and environmentally-sensitive lands from development. Read more »

10
Jun

Maryland Bay Game Activity Book Now Available!

Kids and parents rejoice ─ the Maryland Bay Game: Explore & Restore is now available at libraries, State Parks and visitor centers statewide! For the 17th year, DNR’s popular activity booklet is back with educational games, activities and challenges for kids to learn about and connect with the natural world around them.

“The Maryland Bay Game helps families enjoy the great outdoors while encouraging sustainability and stewardship,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill. “The booklet is designed to help parents and teachers talk to children about how the small daily actions they take today, can make a big difference in the health of our water, land and air tomorrow.” Read more »