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Secretary’s Message – April 2022

Planting Seeds for Future Growth Recent cold weather aside, spring is in full swing, and this year is definitely one to celebrate. As flowers begin to bloom and birds begin to nest, we are pleased to return to many of our favorite warm-weather traditions — including burning socks and planting trees! In fact, I recently  Read the Rest…




Board of Public Works Approves $26 Million in Rural Legacy Program Grants

Funding Will Protect 6,000 Acres Statewide The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved more than $26.2 million in Rural Legacy Program grants for conservation easements in 17 counties. Funding from these grants will permanently protect about 6,000 acres of working farms, forests, open space, shorelines, and wetlands — plus cultural and historical resources —  Read the Rest…


Department Honors Maryland’s First Class of Climate Change Professionals

State Developing Leaders to Address Climate Challenges The Hogan administration today recognized 40 professionals as Maryland’s first class of Climate Change Professionals, an international credential administered by the Association of Climate Change Officers, during the meeting of the Board of Public Works. These professionals earned their certifications by participating in six days of training provided  Read the Rest…


Rural Legacy Program Reaches Milestone

100,000 Acres Conserved Over 20 Years With the Board of Public Works’ approval of five new conservation easements, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program has now conserved more than 100,000 acres of land throughout the state. In presenting the properties for approval, Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio observed that this year marks the 20th Anniversary of  Read the Rest…


Maryland Arbor Day 2019 Celebrated

Day to Highlight Trees and Those Who Help Them Grow Following an annual tradition, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources honored Maryland Arbor Day by delivering tree seedlings to state leadership. The department celebrates the first Wednesday of April every year by giving away trees for planting and honoring the achievements of individuals who have  Read the Rest…



$2.1 Million Approved for Rural Legacy Program

Conservation Easements Protect Farmland and Watersheds The Board of Public Works today approved Rural Legacy Program grants totaling $2.1 million that will provide dedicated state funding to permanently protect working farms and forests, and provide vegetative stream buffers to improve water quality and bolster climate resilience in designated areas across the state. Working through local governments and  Read the Rest…


Board of Public Works Approves $3 Million for Oyster Recovery

Funding for Large-Scale Restoration, Marylanders Grow Oysters and State Sanctuaries The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been approved to invest more than $3 million in oyster recovery and restoration activities in Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, following unanimous support from the Board of Public Works. The board, consisting of Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter  Read the Rest…


$3 Million Approved for Rural Legacy Program

Conservation Easements Protect Farmland, Forests and Waterways The Board of Public Works today approved Rural Legacy Program grants totaling $3 million that will provide dedicated state funding to permanently protect working farms and forests, and provide vegetative stream buffers to improve water quality in designated areas across the state. Working through local governments and private  Read the Rest…


Board of Public Works Expands Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area

Charles County Acquisition Enhances Conservation and Recreation The Board of Public Works unanimously approved the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to acquire 182 acres in Charles County as an addition to Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area. The mostly forested property along a tributary of Mattawoman Creek seeks to expand public access and recreation opportunities for birding,  Read the Rest…



Board of Public Works Awards $3.8 Million for Baltimore City Parks

Five Projects to Improve Accessibility, Connectivity and Usability The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item that allocates $3,875,000 to Baltimore City for the construction, development and enhancement of five recreation projects. Funding will be provided through Program Open Space Local as well as Baltimore City Direct grants  Read the Rest…


$1 Million Approved for Montgomery County Park

Funding for Development on Pinecrest Local Park The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item that will commit $1 million for the development of Pinecrest Local Park in Montgomery County. The 5.6-acre park, managed by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is adjacent to Pine Crest Elementary  Read the Rest…



Frederick County Easement Protects Water Quality

Board of Public Works Approves Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Acquisition The Board of Public Works today approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item that will grant more than $468,000 to acquire a 77-acre Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program easement in Frederick County. Program Open Space funds will be used to purchase a permanent conservation easement  Read the Rest…


535 Acres Protected in Cecil County

Board of Public Works Approves Conservation Easement The Board of Public Works today approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item that authorizes a $1.7 million grant to the Cecil Land Trust to acquire a 535-acre conservation easement. Rural Legacy Program funds will be used to protect productive agricultural and forestland along Northeast Creek as  Read the Rest…



Secretary’s Message: September 2018

Help Celebrate and Preserve Maryland’s Historic Beauty Labor Day may be the end of summer vacation, but now is a time when outdoor recreation is getting ready to peak. September is a month when the Maryland Department of Natural Resources highlights our state’s spectacular and diverse terrain, and the role it plays in our culture, heritage and living history.  Read the Rest…


New Wildlife Management Area Slated for Queen Anne’s County

Upper Eastern Shore Location to Provide Environmental and Recreational Benefits The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved the Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquisition of 1,172 acres in Queen Anne’s County for the development of a new Wildlife Management Area that will provide conservation, habitat and recreation benefits, including birding, hiking, hunting and trapping.  Read the Rest…


$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…


Six Coastal Resiliency Projects Approved by Board of Public Works

$380,000 to Design Restoration Projects in Four Jurisdictions The Board of Public Works today approved funding for six Coastal Resiliency Grant Program 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. In year two of the program, the Maryland Department of Natural  Read the Rest…


Charles County to Manage Section of Chapel Point State Park

Lease Agreement Enhances Public Access and Recreation Opportunities The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved a lease agreement between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism allowing the county to manage approximately 50 acres of Chapel Point State Park for public recreation. The area includes access roads  Read the Rest…


Baltimore City Awarded $380,000 for Stormwater Projects

Funding for Bioretention Areas, Pervious Surface and Tree Plantings The Board of Public Works unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item that grants $380,000 in general obligation bond proceeds to Baltimore City for the installation of stormwater management facilities. “Working with local communities and partners, the department identifies and prioritizes projects aimed at  Read the Rest…


26 Maryland Parks and Playgrounds Receive $2.5 Million in Funding

Now Accepting Grant Applications for Next Year The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the awarding of 26 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program grants – totaling $2.5 million – to local municipalities across Maryland. From new playground equipment in Bowie and softball field lights in Delmar to tennis court repairs in Friendsville and new basketball courts in Vienna,  Read the Rest…


Board of Public Works Approves Fair Hill Funding

Design Work to Begin as Facility Prepares to Host International Equestrian Competition The Board of Public Works unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources item that will authorize $1 million for design improvement services at Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area in anticipation of the Cecil County site hosting a newly-designated, international equestrian event.  Read the Rest…


Board of Public Works Approves Expansion of Pocomoke State Forest

Program Open Space Acquisition Benefits Environment and Outdoor Recreation The Board of Public Works today unanimously voted to approve the Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquisition of 224.5 acres in Worcester County as an addition to Pocomoke State Forest. The site provides both exceptional ecological benefits as well as recreational opportunities, especially for hikers — with trails linking Pocomoke River State  Read the Rest…


Maryland Arbor Day Shines Light on Trees

Celebration Branches into State’s Highest Offices Today is Maryland Arbor Day, celebrated the first Wednesday of April every year. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is highlighting the importance of trees by delivering seedlings to Maryland’s elected officials and leaders, and honoring the achievements of individuals who have contributed to the state’s tree farming industry. Following an  Read the Rest…


Coastal Resiliency Program Expands to Anne Arundel County

Total of Six Demonstration Projects Statewide The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved dedicated funding of two Coastal Resiliency Grant Program projects in Anne Arundel County to help communities enhance their resiliency to the effects of climate change, extreme storms and weather. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is helping to design six shoreline improvement demonstration projects statewide to  Read the Rest…


522 Acres in Charles County Slated for New Wildlife Management Area

Board of Public Works Approves Program Open Space Acquisition The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved a Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquisition of 522 acres in Charles County for the development of a new Wildlife Management Area that will provide both conservation and recreation benefits. Adjacent to county managed land, the site will provide numerous  Read the Rest…


Governor Hogan Honors Employee for Customer Service

Somers Cove Marina Executive Director Tom Schisler Recognized at Board of Public Works Governor Larry Hogan recognized Maryland Department of Natural Resources employee Tom Schisler today with a Customer Service Heroes Award. Schisler, executive director of Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, was honored for enhancing customer service and improving facility maintenance at the state-managed marina.  Read the Rest…



Governor Larry Hogan, Board of Public Works Announce $7.6 Million for Park and Playground Projects in Baltimore City

Board of Public Works Approves Department of Natural Resources Items The Board of Public Works unanimously approved a series of Maryland Department of Natural Resources items providing dedicated funding to Baltimore City, allocating $7.6 million for 11 different city and community projects. The portfolio includes funding from Program Open Space Local, the Baltimore City Direct  Read the Rest…



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…


New State Park Slated for Western Maryland

Ecologically-Important Area Conserved and Preserved; Public Access and Recreation Expanded The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved the Maryland Department of Natural Resources acquisition of 2,009 acres in Western Maryland for the development of a new state park. This acquisition in Garrett County consists of three parcels near Kitzmiller, with two of the parcels being adjacent  Read the Rest…


New Grant Program Funds Nature-Based Solutions to Protect Coastal Communities

Four Demonstration Projects Proposed The Board of Public Works today approved funding for a new Coastal Resiliency Grant Program to help Maryland’s coastal communities enhance their resiliency to the effects of extreme storms and weather. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources program will help design four shoreline improvement demonstration projects across the state with an additional two  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message: August 2017

Growing Access to Public Lands One of the key objectives in our mission at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is to provide diverse outdoor recreation opportunities for our citizens and visitors. This has been an exciting year for our department’s efforts to expand recreational access, opportunities and options within our beautiful public lands.


Governor Hogan Honors Department of Natural Resources Employee

Maryland Forester Brian Stupak Cited for Commitment to Citizens and Customer Service Maryland Department of Natural Resources employee Brian Stupak was honored by the Hogan Administration today with the Customer Service Heroes Award for July. Stupak, a project manager with the Maryland Forest Service, was presented a citation by Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford before the July 26  Read the Rest…


Board of Public Works Approves Expansion of Chesapeake Forest Lands

Program Open Space Acquisition Supports Economy, Environment and Recreation Chesapeake Forest Lands will increase by 1,664 acres following Board of Public Works approval today of a Maryland Department of Natural Resources conservation acquisition in Somerset County. The adjoining and contiguous parcel will be integrated into the Chesapeake Forest Lands sustainable forestry management plan and provide for  Read the Rest…



Maryland Municipalities Receive Parks and Playgrounds Funding

Department Funds Projects from Aberdeen to Williamsport The Maryland Department of Natural Resources today announced the awarding of 23 Community Parks and Playgrounds Program grants – totaling $2.5 million – to municipalities across the state. From pickleball courts in Ocean City to new playground equipment in Mountain Lake Park, the program provides essential funding for the creation, enhancement  Read the Rest…



Natural Resources Celebrates Maryland Arbor Day

Outstanding Tree Farmer and Tree Farm Inspector of the Year Recognized The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is celebrating Maryland Arbor Day today with citations and seedlings. Maryland Forest Service staff delivered potted Red Bud seedlings to Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp this morning before the Board of Public Works meeting.



Department Partners with St. Mary’s County and U.S. Navy on Waterfront Property

Program Open Space Acquisition will Provide Access to Patuxent River  The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the Board of Public Works unanimously approved the acquisition of 163 acres in St. Mary’s County to provide for the development of both active and passive recreational opportunities, and critically-important water access to the Patuxent River.  Read the Rest…



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