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New Maryland Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors Named

Four Baltimore Organizations Help Promote Outdoor Recreation Two nonprofit organizations and two private businesses have been named Maryland Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors, recognized for their efforts to promote and expand access to the state’s outdoor recreation opportunities.  Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz and Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio named the ambassadors during  Read the Rest…


Individuals Honored for Lifetime Support of Maryland Sport Fishing

Nominations for Next Year’s Award Now Being Accepted The Maryland Sport Fishery Advisory Commission presented its inaugural award for lifetime achievement to two individuals: the late fishing legend Bernand “Lefty” Kreh, and Baltimore County resident Kenneth Lewis. The Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award was established by the commission to honor individuals who have provided sustained  Read the Rest…


Maryland Fall Foliage Report: November 12, 2020

Welcome to the Fall Foliage Report for November 12, brought to you by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Fall colors have finally reached their peak in Southern Maryland and the lower Eastern Shore. Plan a drive or hike to get out and see the foliage this weekend!


Fall Foliage Report: November 5, 2020

  Welcome to the Fall Foliage Report for November 5, brought to you by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Although recent wind and rain have sent much of Maryland past peak foliage, the southern part of the state is looking very colorful.




Tree-Mendous Offerings Ready for Spring Planting

Native Trees and Shrubs Available for Public Spaces The Maryland Department of Natural Resources aims to expand tree cover on public lands across the state, offering affordable and attractive trees for planting on community lands and open space through its Tree-Mendous Maryland program. Offerings through Tree-Mendous are high-quality, native shrubs and trees, which are grown  Read the Rest…




Department Names First FishMaryland Master Angler

Nottingham Resident Catches Ten Species to Earn Award The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has recognized its first FishMaryland Master Angler Award recipient. Gary Simpson of Nottingham, Baltimore County, caught a total of 10 different species meeting all the minimum set requirements of the department’s new recreational fishing award program.  Simpson’s award-sized catches include: chain  Read the Rest…








Junior Deer Hunting Days Set for November

Young Hunters Can Learn Sporting Skills and Traditions The Maryland Department of Natural Resources encourages experienced deer hunters to introduce youth to the time-honored cultural and sporting tradition this month during two Junior Deer Hunting Days. The hunt will be held Nov. 10 on private and designated public land in all counties, and Nov. 11  Read the Rest…






Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Announced

49 Fire Departments in 17 Counties Receive $104,099 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the 2018 Volunteer Fire Assistance grants to 49 volunteer fire departments. The projects, distributed throughout 17 counties, aim to assist volunteer fire companies and departments enhance wildland fire protection in rural areas and communities. The Maryland Forest Service awarded $104,099 in  Read the Rest…




Open Space and Forestland Conserved in Baltimore County

Landowners Donate Easement near Historic District The Maryland Environmental Trust, a unit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, has partnered with The Manor Conservancy to permanently protected 12 acres in Baltimore County. Landowners John and Renae Olver donated a conservation easement to protect open space and forestland in the historic My Lady’s Manor area. 



$25 Million Approved for Rural Legacy Program

Harriet Tubman Rural Legacy Area Designated in Dorchester County; Five Other Areas Expanded The Board of Public Works today approved 16 Rural Legacy Program grants – totaling over $25 million – that will provide dedicated state funding to permanently protect working farms and forests in designated areas across the state. Working through local government and private  Read the Rest…


Lifeguards Compete to Showcase Skills, Build Camaraderie

Annual Competition Demonstrates Expertise, Tenacity Six teams of lifeguards from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources put their skills to the test in a competition held Aug. 7 at Hart-Miller Island State Park in Baltimore County. The Maryland Park Service hires more than 120 lifeguards each year to protect summer swimmers and waders at the state’s beaches, lakes and pools. They  Read the Rest…


Conservation Jobs Corps Celebrates Graduation

Program’s Largest Class Recognized for Public Service and Stewardship More than 400 young Marylanders celebrated their graduation from the Conservation Jobs Corps Friday after six weeks of job training, conservation education, hard work and fun. The ceremony was held at North Point State Park in Baltimore County with Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton featured as  Read the Rest…


Hogan Administration Awards $22 Million for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects

18 Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Grants Announced The Hogan Administration has awarded funding to 18 recipients through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund to improve the health of Maryland’s waterways. The “Trust Fund” allows Maryland to accelerate Chesapeake Bay restoration and improve water quality by focusing targeted financial investments and resources on the  Read the Rest…


Spring Turkey Hunters Harvest 3,861 Gobblers

Five Counties Report Record Harvests The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters reported harvesting 3,861 wild turkeys during the 2018 regular spring and junior hunt turkey seasons. This year’s harvest was 8 percent lower than the record 2017 harvest, but well above the 10-year average of 3,406. “Turkey populations continue to grow in a  Read the Rest…


Junior Hunter Field Day Set in Multiple Locations June 2

Budding Outdoor Enthusiasts Can Get Expert Guidance The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites young Marylanders with an interest in fishing, hunting, shooting sports or wildlife management to Junior Hunter Field Day events June 2 in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Queen Anne’s counties. The free events are designed for those aged 8 to 16. Certified hunter safety instructors  Read the Rest…


Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $12.5 Million

Projects Funded Statewide for Better Boating Access, Navigation and Safety The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $12.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities and navigation throughout the state. This critical Fiscal Year 2019 funding will go toward 57 projects in 18 counties, from Garrett to Wicomico counties as well  Read the Rest…





Five Conservation Easements Protect 337 Acres in Baltimore County

Maryland Environmental Trust Accept Multiple Land Donations The Maryland Environmental Trust accepted donations of five conservation easements in Baltimore County in December 2017 that permanently protect 337 acres of farm, forest, historic and scenic lands. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with these forward-thinking landowners and our local community partners to help them achieve  Read the Rest…


Owings Mills Property Named Baltimore County Tree Farm of the Year

Honors Showalter Tree Farm’s 40 Years of Quality Forest Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forester Rob Prenger recently presented Sally Marker-Showalter of Showalter Tree Farm in Owings Mills with the 2017 Baltimore County Tree Farm of the Year Award. The Showalter family won this year’s county award in recognition of the dedication and commitment  Read the Rest…



Governor Larry Hogan Announces Military Veterans to Receive Free Admission to Maryland State Parks

Complimentary Benefit Extends to Residents and Nonresidents In honor of Veterans Day, Governor Larry Hogan announced today that all military veterans, including residents and nonresidents, will be granted free admission and entrance to the network of 72 state parks managed by the Maryland Park Service. The governor’s announcement directly impacts over 414,000 veterans living in  Read the Rest…


Fall Foliage and Festival Report: November 11-12

Welcome to the Fall Foliage and Festival Report for the weekend of Nov. 11-12, brought to you by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Office of Tourism. In western Maryland it appears that everything is happening at once, as eastern Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties are all reporting peak conditions, although muted. Weather has  Read the Rest…


Junior Deer Hunting Days Set for November

Young Hunters Can Learn Sporting Skills and Traditions The Maryland Department of Natural Resources encourages experienced deer hunters to introduce youth to the time-honored cultural and sporting tradition this month during two Junior Deer Hunting Days. The hunt will be held Nov. 11 on private and public land in all counties, and Nov. 12 on  Read the Rest…



Fall Foliage and Festival Report: October 28-29

Welcome to the Fall Foliage and Festival Report for the weekend of Oct. 28 and 29, brought to you by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Office of Tourism. Well, this is the weekend for ghosts, goblins and other fright-worthy tricks and treats, and there are lots of Halloween events for everyone to enjoy!



Board of Public Works Approves $23 Million for 17 Rural Legacy Program Grants

Grants Permanently Protect 6,500 Acres Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Board of Public Works, including Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, unanimously adopted a Maryland Department of Natural Resources recommendation approving 17 Rural Legacy Program grants – totaling over $23 million. Funding from these grants will permanently protect over 6,500 acres of working farms, forests and  Read the Rest…



Volunteer Fire Departments Awarded Grants to Fight Wildland Fires

Department Provides a Record $102,548 to 45 Departments in 17 Counties The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that a record number of volunteer fire departments applied for and received Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants in 2017, resulting in the most funding distributed in state history. “Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants allow us to support our first  Read the Rest…



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