The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Advisory Commission named Jerry Harris of Dorchester County the 2013 Conservationist of the Year. Harris is a long-time member and volunteer for Ducks Unlimited, including serving on the group’s President’s Council-Development and Conservation Program Committee. Harris was recognized for his significant contributions to waterfowl conservation and initiating a series of on-site best management practice workshops for local landowners, state and private waterfowl managers. Read more
The State today permanently preserved approximately 260 acres of rural land, eliminating 28 developmental rights, in Dorchester County through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easement on the Wilson property at today’s meeting in Annapolis.
Using a State Police helicopter as a surveillance platform, the Maryland Natural Resources Police caught four watermen last Friday harvesting oysters from a protected area in Somerset County.
The watermen, aboard three commercial boats, were charged with removing oysters from the Evans Harvest Reserve, a remote 69-acre site at the mouth of the Wicomico River and Tangier Sound. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) accepted 25 conservation easements last year to protect 2,361 acres of scenic open space, forest and farmland in 15 counties across the State. Most easements were donated to MET in coordination with a local or regional land trust, and will protect the natural, historic and scenic resources on these lands for generations to come. Read more
Coastal resilience considered in preservation of Harriet Tubman National Park and Byway site
Through a first-of-its-kind easement designed to protect coastal areas from the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge, the State of Maryland has preserved 221 acres in Dorchester County along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park and Scenic Byway. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land through a Coastal Resilience Easement. Read more
Governor O’Malley Signs Bills Expanding Sunday Hunting Opportunities in Carroll, Dorchester and Queen Anne’s Counties
Governor Martin O’Malley signed the final two of three bills passed during the 2013 legislative session that allow for increased Sunday hunting opportunities in Carroll, Dorchester and Queen Anne’s counties, on May 16 in Annapolis. Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy have permanently protected 226 acres of farmland along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway from development through a conservation easement. Read more