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G. Adrian Baker Named Superintendent of Natural Resources Police

Logo of Maryland Natural Resources PoliceThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced that Chestertown Police Chief and Natural Resources Police veteran G. Adrian Baker will serve as superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Baker will be taking the place of Colonel Robert K. “Ken” Ziegler Jr. who resigned today. The appointment takes effect Sept. 11.

Baker has nearly two decades of command experience, including the past seven as Chief of Police in Chestertown. Baker’s experience also includes six years serving as the commander of the Natural Resources Police central region. Read more…

Maryland Fishing Report – Aug. 21

Photo of boy in boat crabbing

Memories are made while fishing and crabbing and this guy is lucky enough to have a grandfather to take him crabbing. Photo by Jim Livingston

We are on the back end of August and there are signs everywhere that the summer season is coming to a close — but there’s still time for families to spend some quality time together fishing. Read more…

Trapper Education Class Offered in Garrett County

Registration Deadline Sept. 13

Photo of pelts on display at educational eventThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources is holding a free trapper education class Sept. 21 at the Casselman Valley Sportsman Club in Grantsville. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read more…

Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons 2019-2020 Announced

Mourning Dove Season Opens Sept. 2

Photo of Canada geese in flight

Photo by Larry Hindman

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the state’s 2019-2020 migratory game bird hunting seasons. Bag limits, season dates, and shooting hours can be found in the 2019-2020 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping. Read more…

Maryland Angler Tops Record for Common Dolphinfish

Catch Record for Mahi Set Just Three Weeks Ago

Woman stands with record chidken dolphinfish she caught.

Kristi Frashure poses with her husband Ryan and the record fish she caught off Ocean City.

A Pasadena woman reeled in a new Maryland state record common dolphinfish, also known as mahi mahi. Kristy Frashure was participating in the Poor Girls Fishing Tournament in Ocean City on Aug. 16 when she caught the 74.5-pound fish. Read more…

Department Seeks Local Proposals for Public Outdoor Recreation Projects

Photo of kayaker at Greenbrier State ParkThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that counties and municipalities can now apply for grant funding from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. Local governments should submit preliminary application forms by Sept. 19.

Land and Water Conservation Fund projects must be in direct support of public outdoor recreation. Eligible proposals include the acquisition, development, and maintenance of outdoor recreational areas, facilities, and properties, including athletic fields, boat launches, fishing piers, playgrounds, trails, and more. Municipalities and counties are eligible for up to a 50% matching fund with requests capped at $1 million.

Maryland Fishing Report – August 14

Photo of man with northern snakehead

Photo by Michael Carr

No matter how seasoned one is as a fishermen, catching a noteworthy fish brings out excitement that is too often suppressed deep within us. Our daily trials can take a toll on our sense of childlike fun. This photo made me smile and caused me to relive a few moments that I shared with friends when catching a truly exciting fish. Fishing brings joy, no matter how the fish is taken or if it is an invasive fish that carries the distinctive name of northern snakehead.

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Four Resiliency Projects Approved by Board of Public Works

Photo of wetlandsThe Board of Public Works today approved $248,480 for four Resiliency through Restoration projects, selected through a competitive solicitation, to help Maryland’s communities enhance their resiliency to the effects of climate change, erosion, flooding, and extreme weather. Read more…

Chesapeake Forest 2019 Hunting Lottery Now Open

Photo of Chesapeake Forest and Pocomoke State Forest SignDeadline for Hunt Clubs to Enter Lottery is Aug. 27

Hunt clubs interested in obtaining a hunting lease agreement on Chesapeake Forest Lands can enter a lottery for individual, non-leased tracts in Dorchester, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will accept online entries until Aug. 27. Read more…

Manokin River Chosen for Oyster Restoration

Ten Sites Now Selected Toward Chesapeake Bay Program Goal

Photo of opened oysterThe Chesapeake Bay Program and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are pleased to announce that the Manokin River has been approved as the 10th Chesapeake Bay tributary for large-scale oyster reef restoration. The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement calls for the restoration of the native oyster population in 10 tributaries by 2025—and the Manokin River is the final tributary to be selected for this Chesapeake Bay Program partnership effort. 

The Manokin River joins four other large-scale Maryland oyster restoration sites: Harris Creek, Little Choptank, Tred Avon, and Upper St. Mary’s rivers. Situated off Tangier Sound, along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Manokin River is more than 16,000 acres and has been an oyster sanctuary area since 2010.  Read more…

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AccessDNR August 2019

The August 2019 edition of a monthly video newsletter hosted by Gregg Bortz.