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Maryland Striped Bass Trophy Season Opens April 20

Annual Rite of Spring Lasts Through May 15 in Most Areas

Photo of striped bass being caught

Photo: “Rockfishing” by Roy Julie

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the state’s trophy striped bass season will begin April 20 and last through May 15.  

Anglers may catch one striped bass per day, with a minimum size of 35 inches, in the Chesapeake Bay from Brewerton Channel to the Virginia state line.   Read more…

Patapsco Valley State Park Hosts Family Fun Day

Annual Event Highlights Volunteerism and Stewardship

Flyer for Patapsco Valley State Park Family Fun DayThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites everyone to Patapsco Valley State Park for Family Fun Day on April 28, a free annual event that encourages a love for the outdoors, along with volunteering and stewardship of our state’s public lands. The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the park’s Hilton Area.

Guest can enjoy games, horses, hikes, ice cream, live music, nature programs and other fun-filled activities as they learn about volunteer activities at Maryland state parks and partner organizations. Read more…

Somerset County Celebrating Arbor Day

Students to Join State, County Officials for Tree-Planting

Photo of youth planting treesSomerset County government, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will hold its first Arbor Day celebration with a tree planting event on April 24. The event begins at 10 a.m. next to the Board of Education Building, 7982A Tawes Campus Drive, Westover.

Local and state officials will join school students to plant more than 10 container-sized trees on the grounds. Trees are being supplied by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ TreeMendous Maryland and Gift of Trees programs. A second planting will also take place later in spring on the property, with the county planting 12.6 acres of seedlings for forest conservation mitigation.                Read more…

Maryland Fishing Report – April 17

Photo of man holding up a striped bass he caught.

Matt Beam holds up a striped bass caught this past weekend during the catch-and-release season. Photo by Travis Long

Saturday, April 20, marks the much-anticipated opening day of the 2019 trophy striped bass season. Captains and crews have been working overtime getting their boats ready for this weekend, from the largest charter boats to private boats parked on trailers in driveways. Good luck to all but be patient — many post-spawn striped bass are still making the journey downriver from their spawning sites.

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Fort Frederick State Park Hosts Annual Market Fair

Eighteenth Century Comes Alive April 25-28

Photo of sutler and customers at Fort Frederick Market FairHistory buffs of all ages are invited to experience an authentic colonial market fair at Fort Frederick State Park April 25-28. The annual Fort Frederick Market Fair features top artisans, craftspeople, entertainers and sutlers together with an 18th century military encampment alongside the park’s historic 1756 stone fort. Read more…

Queen Anne’s County Residents Can Get Free Trees

Partners to Provide Free Seedlings April 23-26

Photo of White oak seedlings at the state nursery

White oak seedlings at the state nursery

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Queen Anne’s County Forestry Board will hold their annual tree seedling giveaway program the week of April 22. These seedlings are available to the citizens of Queen Anne’s County as an educational effort promoting the planting of trees, in celebration of national Arbor Day on April 25. Read more…

Maryland Releases Draft Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan

Public invited to comment on draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan

Photo of Chesapeake Bay at sunrise

Photo by James Phelps

A draft plan for continued progress in restoring Maryland’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay is now available for public review and comment.

The draft Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan represents the next step in Maryland meeting its commitments as part of a multi-state bay restoration effort. Maryland developed the draft plan to meet targets by 2025 using a locally driven, stakeholder process to identify achievable pollution reduction strategies that balance responsibilities across wastewater treatment plants, urban stormwater runoff, septic systems and farms. Read more…

Kent County Arbor Day Celebration Set for April 23

Partners to Name Poster Contest Winners, Provide Free Seedlings

Photo of budding red bud trees.

Photo: “Budding Red Bud” by Ashley Stubbs

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is partnering with Kent County Commissioners and the Kent County Forest Board for the annual Arbor Day celebration, at 1:15 p.m. April 23 in the Kent County Courthouse Courtyard, 103 N. Cross St., Chestertown.

As part of the event, partners will celebrate Chestertown’s 38th anniversary as a Tree City USA participant and announce the winners of the county’s 2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest. Read more…

Maryland Fishing Report – April 10

Photo of boy holding trout

Five year old Emmett Jackson got to go trout fishing on the Patapsco River with his older brother Hunter and dad recently. Emmitt proudly holds up some of the trout he caught. Photo by John Jackson

The generous stocking of trout by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources hatchery program has brought countless smiles to the faces of trout fishermen, young and old. These fish are being stocked in waters near you.

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Maryland Environmental Trust Hosts Annual Conference and Symposium

Regular Registration Ends April 22

Logo for Annual MET ConferenceThe  2019 Maryland Land Conservation Conference will be held May 16-17 at the Maritime Conference Center, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum. This annual event brings together land trusts, conservancies, local and state government agencies, heritage organizations, members of the agricultural community and other partners for a comprehensive discussion about the future of land conservation in our region. Read more…

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