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15
Oct

Maryland Approves Recreational Projects across the State

biking newAnne Arundel, Frederick, Kent and Washington counties will soon receive funding for recreational enhancements through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting. Read more »

15
Oct

Maryland Adds 52 Acres to Rural Legacy Area in Baltimore County

Photo of a farm by Sabine Dickens

Photo by Sabine Dickens

The State permanently preserved 52 acres of woodland, eliminating one developmental right, through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement in the Gunpowder Falls Rural Legacy Area at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »

1
Oct

State Approves Recreational Projects in Calvert, Garrett and Prince George’s Counties

Children playing in a fieldCalvert, Garrett and Prince George’s counties will soon receive funding for recreational enhancements 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 »

1
Oct

Maryland Adds 203 Acres to Rural Legacy Area in Frederick County

Landscape of Trees. Photo By Avi Bender

Photo By Avi Bender

The State permanently preserved 203 acres of woodland and farmland, eliminating 7 developmental rights through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement in the Mid-Maryland Frederick Rural Legacy area at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more »

23
Sep

Celebrate Fall, Plant a Tree!

Everyone can help make a difference!

Governor O’Malley reminds of new Marylanders Plant Trees goal

With the season’s cooler temperatures, moderate rainfall and soft ground, autumn is one of the best times to plant a tree. Today, Governor Martin O’Malley reminds citizens to take advantage of fall’s opportunities and, in doing so, help Maryland reach its latest goal of 150,000 trees by January 1, 2015. Read more »

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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15
Sep

DNR to Host Public Meetings on Proposed No Discharge Zone for Chester River

Photo by Al Saxon

The State is accepting public comment on possibly designating the Chester River and its tributaries as a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) ─ an area where both treated and untreated sewage discharges from vessels are prohibited. The Maryland Departments of Natural Resources and the Environment, in cooperation with the Chester River Association, are planning to apply to the Environmental Protection Agency for the designation. Read more »