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Posts from the ‘Smart, Green & Growing’ Category

17
Sep

State Approves Enhancements at Parks in Carroll, Charles and Worcester Counties

PlayRecreational areas in Carroll, Charles and Worcester counties will soon obtain funding 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 »

17
Sep

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

16
Sep

DNR Certifies New Clean Marina in Baltimore County

Sun setting over Essex Marina

Essex Marina & Boat Sales

Essex Marina and Boat Sales has been added to the growing list of Maryland Clean Marinas for its work to prevent pollution and operate more sustainably.

Owner Michael Darenberg carefully controls operations to prevent pollution and ensure the marina is kept clean. To meet these goals, the facility provides free pumpouts so boaters can easily empty sewage holding tanks, employs wash-water containment and stormwater controls, and uses vacuum sanders when smoothing boat hulls to keep the dust out of the air and water. Read more »

15
Sep

Majority of Marylanders Want Government Action on Climate Change Preparedness According to New Survey

ClimateChangeA survey released today by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources indicates 73 percent of Marylanders want their state and local governments to take actions to protect their communities against the impacts of climate change, and more than half (55 percent) believe protecting coastal areas from sea-level rise should be a high or very high priority for the Governor and the General Assembly.

The report is the first of four to be released this fall from a survey of over 2,000 Maryland citizens conducted this spring by George Mason University in conjunction with the Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland. The current report focuses on sea-level rise and its impacts on Maryland, perceived threats to local resources, and preferred policies to protect communities at the state, county and local levels.

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10
Sep

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 »

3
Sep

Rural Legacy Program Preserves 335 Acres in Harford County

Photo by Tammy McCorkle

Photo by Tammy McCorkle

The State permanently preserved 335 acres of woodland and farmland, eliminating 25 development rights in Harford County through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the two easements in the Deer Creek Rural Legacy area at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »

3
Sep

State Approves Recreation Enhancements at Parks throughout Maryland

Children playing on a tire swing Recreational areas in Calvert, Cecil, Frederick, Howard, Talbot and Washington counties will soon receive funding through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program.  Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis.

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3
Sep

Rural Legacy Program Receives $16 Million to Protect Maryland Landscapes

Piney Run Rural Legacy Easement

A Piney Run Rural Legacy Easement

The Rural Legacy Program will receive $16.03 million in Fiscal Year 2015 grants to permanently preserve working farms and other important natural lands throughout Maryland. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the funding at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »

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 »