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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…






Lieutenant Governor Rutherford Congratulates Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps Graduates

Commemorates Program’s 10th Anniversary; Largest Graduating Class About 400 young Marylanders, ranging in age from 14 to 17, celebrated their graduation from the Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps, marking the 10th anniversary of this Maryland Department of Natural Resources program managed by the Maryland Park Service. In honor of the students’ achievements this summer and the enduring  Read the Rest…



Department Awards $10.5 Million to Enhance Boating Access and Navigation

18 Maryland Counties Receive Waterway Improvement Fund Grants The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $10.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to improve public boating access and navigation throughout the state. Passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed by Governor Larry Hogan, this critical funding will go toward 49 projects in 18 counties from Allegany  Read the Rest…



Governor Larry Hogan Announces Funding for Chesapeake Bay Water Quality Improvements

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Awards $21.54 Million to 18 Local Projects Governor Larry Hogan today announced that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 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 directs critical grant funding to the most cost-effective and efficient  Read the Rest…


Hogan Administration Delivers Combined Maryland Natural Resources and Motor Vehicles Regional Service Center

One-Stop Shop for Licenses and Registrations for Boating, Driving, Hunting and Fishing Now in Essex Delivering on the Hogan Administration’s promise to improve customer service across state agencies, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark J. Belton today joined Maryland Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary James F. Ports and Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Administrator Christine  Read the Rest…




Green Infrastructure Project Connects Human Health and Environmental Health

Reducing Runoff at MedStar Harbor Hospital and Providing Green Space for Patient Rehabilitation From the Chesapeake Bay Trust: Today the Chesapeake Bay Trust (the Trust), Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Chesapeake Bay Program, MedStar Harbor Hospital, Blue Water Baltimore, and Plisko Sustainable Solutions announced plans to design nine green infrastructure facilities with funds  Read the Rest…



Scenic Farm Conserved in Baltimore County

Permanent Easement Protects 97 Acres of Agricultural and Forested Lands The Maryland Environmental Trust has helped a longtime landowner permanently conserve a 97-acre farm near Parkton in Baltimore County. Property owner Susan Glick recently gifted a conservation easement covering the tract, which was originally purchased in 1976 along with her late husband and another couple.


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