2014 Maryland Land Conservation Conference Sees Record Attendance
As part of its annual awards, the Maryland Environmental Trust granted a total of $27,000 to land preservation groups statewide. MET announced the award and grant winners to a record number of guests during the 14th annual Maryland Land Conservation Conference, held April 3 and 4 at the Claggett Center in Adamstown. Read more
Sassafras Harbor, Bohemia Vista, and Hack’s Point are the latest Clean Marinas certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The facilities earned the awards for their work to prevent pollution and meet regulations for more sustainable operations. Read more
The State this week conserved 188 acres through the Rural Legacy Program, eliminating six developmental rights to permanently protect farm and forest lands in Talbot County. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement on the Price property at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more
Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed April Environmental Education Month in Maryland in recognition of public and private efforts to help children connect with and learn about their natural world.
“Maryland continues to serve as a national model for quality public education — that’s why Education Week ranked our public schools number one in the nation for five years in a row,” said Governor O’Malley. “We were the first state in the nation to adopt environmental literacy graduation requirements, which now serve as a key component of our State’s curriculum. Every day, our educators are being given more tools to create special learning opportunities that will better enable Maryland students to become informed and responsible stewards of our natural world.”
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.
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) has partnered with the Conservancy for Charles County and the Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Union to protect 65 acres on Bryans Road through a conservation easement. The donation will prevent development and permanently protect the flora and fauna on the property, which is located within the viewshed of Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic estate along the Potomac River. Read more
The State has added more than 200 acres to its permanently protected rural landscape, eliminating nine developmental rights in Washington County. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the funding at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more
When: April 3 & 4 Where: Claggett Center, 3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown (Frederick County) Contact: 410-533-4627 Who: Open to the Public Cost: $68/day or $135/both days Special rates available if booked by March 14
This year’s Maryland Land Conservation Conference will address the many challenges facing land conservationists throughout the State and will feature keynote speaker DNR Secretary Joe Gill. Bigger and better than ever, this two-day event will include educational workshops, field trips, peer-to-peer networking opportunities and an evening reception. Read more
In the first major courtroom test of the Maryland Natural Resources Police’s newest enforcement tool, two Somerset County watermen were found guilty Monday of harvesting oysters from a State sanctuary.
Officers used the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN), a radar and camera system, on Nov. 25 to track a vessel moving in and out of the Somerset Sanctuary in Tangier Sound. They subsequently charged William Cloyde Catlin and Irving Lee Catlin with dredging in the protected area. Read more
Deadline Extended: Comments accepted via series of surveys through March 21
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