Radar system, helicopter patrols deter poaching, protecting keystone species
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
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.”
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
Tours student environmental learning projects
Governor Martin O’Malley today visited Dunloggin Middle School for a first-hand look at the students’ environment learning projects. The visit highlighted the importance of outdoor education in advance of the afternoon’s Better Choices, Better Results Sustainability forum. Read more
28-year Assateague State Park employee has not missed a day of work
Governor Martin O’Malley honored Clarence Bowen for his 28 years of continuous service to Assateague State Park and the people of Maryland at a celebration at the park last month. Bowen is 70 years old and has never missed a day of work. 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, Federal, State and Local Officials Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Ocean City Beach Replenishment Program
Governor Martin O’Malley joined federal, State and local officials today to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Ocean City Beach Replenishment Program and Hurricane Protection Project. The program, a joint effort between Maryland, Worcester County, Ocean City and the Army Corps of Engineers works to improve recreation, defend the city against storms and provide a foundation for hurricane protection. Read more
Six drown in past month alone
The death of a 25-year-old Delaware man in the Susquehanna River this weekend brings the total water-related casualties in Maryland this year to 12 ─ double that of this time in 2012. Governor Martin O’Malley and law enforcement officials are urging everyone to help put a stop to this disturbing trend, protecting themselves and their loved ones by taking the necessary safety precautions in and around the water. Read more
Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed July Lakes Appreciation Month to encourage Marylanders to visit and enjoy their favorite lake, pond or reservoir, and discover ways to help protect and enhance these vital resources. Read more
This morning Governor Martin O’Malley spoke with 1,200 students, teachers and administrators at the Maryland Green School Youth Summit, an annual event held at Sandy Point State Park that celebrates the State’s green schools and showcases hands on environmental learning and restoration activities conducted by students throughout the year. The event and the green schools program are sponsored by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators, key members of Governor O’Malley’s Partnership for Children in Nature. Today 425 Maryland Schools are certified Green. Read more