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DNR Certifies Three New Clean Marinas in Cecil County

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 »


Coastal & Watershed Resources: DNR Seeking Public Input on Future of Advisory Committee

In accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is evaluating the need for its Coastal & Watershed Resources Advisory Committee and is seeking the public’s input. Click here for more information on how to comment.


Governor O’Malley Lauds NRP Oyster Enforcement Efforts

Radar system, helicopter patrols deter poaching, protecting keystone species

Two officers check a waterman's catch.

Two officers check a waterman’s catch.

Governor Martin O’Malley today thanked the Maryland Natural Resources Police for its enforcement efforts during the six-month oyster season, which ended March 31.

“When we began this large-scale oyster restoration initiative nearly four years ago, we promised to turn things around and do everything within our power to protect this vital species,” said Governor O’Malley. “I want to thank our NRP officers ─ the men and women who continuously put their hearts into protecting our State’s natural resources ─ for their hard work and dedication not only this past oyster season but every single day.” Read more »


National Park Service Approves Maryland’s Land Preservation and Recreation Plan

Qualifies State for Federal Land Acquisition Funding

The National Park Service has approved Maryland’s five-year Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, allowing the State to move forward with a variety of projects that will enhance recreation areas and services on public lands, and protect natural resources and open space. Developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with federal, State, county and local officials, and stakeholders and citizens, the plan’s approval qualifies the State to receive land acquisition money through the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Read more »


DNR Kicks Off the 11th Annual Natural Resource Photo Contest

Now Accepting Online Submissions

Calling all photographers ─ novice, professional and those who just happen to snap a great picture! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. New this year, the contest now features an additional category and an online submission option! Read more »


Rural Legacy Program Preserves Land in Washington County

The Rural Legacy Program continues to protect beautiful farmlands statewide. Photo by Frank Tiralla III.

The Rural Legacy Program continues to protect beautiful farmlands statewide. Photo by Frank Tiralla III.

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 »


Oyster Poachers Found Guilty with Help of New Radar Network

MLEIN screenshot of the Catlins' dredge boat inside sanctuary boundaries.

MLEIN screenshot of the Catlins’ dredge boat inside sanctuary boundaries.

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 »


Maryland Seeking Public Input for Federal Action on Climate Change Preparedness

Deadline Extended: Comments accepted via series of surveys through March 21

Photo by Carol Sylveira

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 »


Public Invited to Little Choptank River Oyster Restoration Open House

Who: Residents are invited to talk with representatives from DNR, NOAA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
What: Open House to present plans for major oyster restoration efforts in the Little Choptank River and gather public input
When: February 27 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Where: Sojourner Douglass College Auditorium, 824 Fairmount Ave, Cambridge

This open house allows participants to stop by at their convenience to learn about and share their thoughts on Maryland’s latest plans for oyster restoration ─ sanctuary enhancements in the Little Choptank River. Efforts include adding more oysters and substrate to expand the sanctuary, boost oyster reproduction and improve water quality.  The event is hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read more »


TREE-MENDOUS Now Accepting Spring Orders

Schools, churches, organizations and businesses looking to green their community are encouraged to check out the recently released TREE-MENDOUS 2014 order form, which features high-quality, native trees and shrubs available at discounted prices for plantings on public lands. Read more »