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Secretary’s Message – December 2022

Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New with Outdoor Traditions Maryland State Parks will again mark the new year by offering hike opportunities from December 30, 2022 through January 2, 2023. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks that encourages all 50 states to offer outdoor hiking  Read the Rest…


DNR Accepting Recipes for Wild Maryland: The Holiday Edition

Marylanders Encouraged to Submit Holiday Recipes Featuring Foods Fished, Foraged, and Hunted The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is once again putting out a call to all wildlife and cooking enthusiasts to submit their favorite recipes for its Wild Maryland online cookbook, this time for the holiday season.  The department encourages Maryland’s hunters, anglers,  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message – November 2022

Park Quests are Completed, but the Adventure Continues The beginning of November marks the end of Park Quest, the Maryland Park Service’s annual program geared toward youth and families. Many thanks to our creative team members who have organized this fun and educational series for 15 years now! And thanks to everyone who participated. We  Read the Rest…


Maryland Delivers $27 Million in Rural Legacy Program Grants

Funding Will Protect 7,100 Acres Statewide with Largest Appropriation in Decades The Board of Public Works on October 12 unanimously approved more than $27.1 million in Rural Legacy Program grants for conservation easement acquisitions, reflecting the highest annual amount appropriated since 2002. Funding from these grants will permanently protect 7,100 acres of working farms, forests,  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message – October 2022

Find an October Treat in Maryland’s Outdoor Spaces October is a time when the natural world puts on a spectacular show; and outdoor activities in Maryland provide a great opportunity to enjoy it! It is an ideal time to visit the public lands throughout our beautiful state. Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford and I recently  Read the Rest…


Nesting Platform Initiative for Endangered Birds in Maryland Coastal Bays is a Big Success

Conservation Partnership Celebrates Successful Breeding Season for Common Terns  The partnership of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Audubon Mid-Atlantic, and Maryland Coastal Bays Program, announced another successful year for the innovative conservation project to preserve three of Maryland’s state listed endangered colonial nesting waterbirds — the Common Tern, Royal Tern, and Black Skimmer, The  Read the Rest…


Maryland Recognizes Importance of Seafood Industry on Eastern Shore

Cabinet Secretaries Honor Businesses for Their Efforts Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio along with key staff from DNR and the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) visited Maryland’s Eastern Shore to recognize wholesale commercial and retail businesses in the seafood industry last week.  The tour included stops at Wittman Wharf Seafood in  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message – September 2022

Step Up to Serve, Engage in Maryland Traditions Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed Sept. 11 a day of service and remembrance across the state of Maryland in memory of those lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The proclamation is part of an initiative that Governor Hogan, the Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism, and  Read the Rest…


DNR at Maryland State Fair for 2022

Exhibits Now Open in the Mosner Miller Building The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will bring displays, exhibits and programs about our state’s forests, fish, waters, and wildlife to the 2022 Maryland State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds from Thursday, Aug. 25 through Monday, September 11.  Fairgoers are invited to stop by the DNR  Read the Rest…


Board of Public Works Approves Community Parks and Playgrounds Funding

Governor Hogan’s Budget Supports Outdoor Access Across Maryland The Board of Public Works today approved Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) request to fund the first group of Community Parks & Playgrounds Program for Fiscal Year 2023.  Overall, Governor Larry Hogan’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget included $5 million to 39 local projects statewide, providing greater  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message – July 2022

Better Days Ahead in Maryland’s Waters Fifty-six years ago, Maryland’s Waterway Improvement Fund was established to fund waterway improvements, promote recreational and commercial boating, and improve the safety and navigation of Maryland’s waterways for the benefit of the general boating public.  Since its inception this important program has provided more than $300 million in funding  Read the Rest…


Governor Hogan Announces $18.8 Million for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects

Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Supports 22 Projects at 77 Sites  Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the award of $18.8 million to 22 ecological restoration projects that will improve water quality and habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, while building local resilience to climate impacts.  Read the Rest…


Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $13.5 Million for FY2023

Projects Funded Statewide for New and Improved Boating Access, Navigation, and Safety The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities, and navigation throughout the state. This funding is awarded to 45 applicants statewide, supporting efforts that include new public boating  Read the Rest…


Nesting Platform Initiative in Maryland Coastal Bays Begins Second Year

Conservation Partnership Again Deploys “Island” for Colonial Nesting Waterbirds The partnership of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Audubon Mid-Atlantic, and Maryland Coastal Bays Program is continuing an innovative conservation project to preserve three of Maryland’s state listed endangered colonial nesting waterbirds — the common tern, royal tern, and black skimmer. The project, now  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message – June 2022

By Land and Water, Maryland is Ready for the Summer June is Great Outdoors Month and we hope to see you out enjoying Maryland’s natural spaces, including our vast system of state parks and forests, and of course the state’s world-renowned waterways.  This is peak season for one of Maryland’s favorite pastimes, fishing, from the  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message – May 2022

Opening Up Maryland’s Great Outdoors As we approach the start of summer season, DNR is prepared to meet it with new additions to our Maryland State Park system and a growing list of outdoor recreation and education opportunities. 


Maryland State Forests Earn Sustainability Certification for 19th Consecutive Year

Five Forests Have Met International Standards for 2022 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the major five state forests comprising Maryland’s state forest system – totaling more than 200,000 acres –- this year received two favorable independent audit reports recognizing that DNR is managing the state forests according to internationally accepted Forest  Read the Rest…




Lt. Governor Rutherford Kicks off Maryland State Park Week With Sandy Point Nature Center Dedication Ceremony

Announced Two New State Parks Will Open During State Park Week, April 15-22 Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today joined the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to announce the second Maryland State Park Week, with a ribbon-cutting at the Sandy Point State Park Nature Center. The new center features a Chesapeake Bay themed playground  Read the Rest…


2022 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Total $320,000

Grants Supports Communities, Projects, and Schools Forever Maryland is proud to announce that 85 grants totaling $320,000 have been awarded toward environmental education, community cleanup and beautification projects through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program. These annual grants are funded by the Maryland Environmental Trust, Forever Maryland, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Maryland Department of  Read the Rest…



Governor Hogan Announces Annapolis Waterfront Park Funding to Preserve Legacy of Historic Carr’s Beach

State and Local Partnership Will Preserve Open Space on Significant Historic Property on Chesapeake Bay Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the State of Maryland will provide more than $4.8 million toward the purchase of a historically significant waterfront property for the development of a new Annapolis  Read the Rest…



Maryland DNR App Available to Locate Key Oyster Sites

Development of iShellfish Follows Legislation Signed in 2021 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces the development of a new mobile app, iShellfish, to provide interactive maps for commercial watermen and other users to locate areas they need to find or avoid while on Maryland’s waterways. 




Secretary’s Message – February 2022

Public Input Essential to Our Mission Our department recognizes and values the contributions of both anglers and hunters – especially when it comes to responsibly managing our natural resources. We also recognize the value in ensuring that these and other important outdoor recreation traditions continue long into Maryland’s future.  With support from the Recreational Boating  Read the Rest…





Secretary’s Message — December 2021

Honoring our Past, Preserving our Future December is a great time to reflect on the year’s accomplishments, so I decided to dedicate this month’s message to our amazing partners, volunteers, and staff who make our accomplishments possible.  Earlier this year, I was pleased to host Employee Appreciation celebrations at various state park locations throughout the  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…



Secretary’s Message: November 2021

Make Maryland’s Outdoors Part of Your Gatherings As we enter the final two months of the year, our thoughts turn to the holiday season and gatherings with family and friends. To supplement those traditional dishes we often serve, I am pleased to share with you the Maryland Department of Natural Resources online cookbook Wild Maryland.  Read the Rest…


Maryland Sport Fishing Achievement Awards Presented for 2021

Second Annual Awards from Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission The Maryland Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) presented annual awards for recreational fisheries lifetime achievement to Robert Wall and the late Joseph W. Brooks. The presentations were made in a ceremony held October 20 at Helen Avalynne Tawes Garden in Annapolis.   Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message: October 2021

Positive Change for Maryland’s Outdoors Maryland’s landscape is starting to showcase the vibrant colors of fall. Along with cooler, more pleasant weather, it is a spectacular and inviting backdrop that signifies the changing of the seasons. Governor Larry Hogan has also given us a reason to enjoy Maryland’s outdoors by proclaiming October as “Walktober” month  Read the Rest…


Applications Open for 2022 Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants

$320,000 Available for Community Beautification, Greening, and Environmental Initiatives Forever Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland Environmental Trust, a unit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is now accepting applications for the Keep Maryland Beautiful grants program. Four different grants are being offered to help volunteer and nonprofit groups, communities, and land trusts support environmental education projects,  Read the Rest…


Intentional Balloon Releases Banned in Maryland

New State Law will Reduce Plastic Pollution that Degrades Waterways and Threatens Animal Life The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) remind Marylanders that a new state law that prohibits intentional balloon releases is now in effect. The new Maryland law bans the releasing of balloons that, upon landing, create  Read the Rest…


Hispanic Heritage Environmental Festival at Sandy Point Oct. 2

Event Continues Outreach to Grow Stewardship and Involvement In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sandy Point State Park will host a Hispanic Heritage Environmental Festival on Oct. 2. Presented by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Conservancy, Corazón Latino, the National Park Service, and Defensores De La Cuenca, the event runs 10 a.m. to  Read the Rest…



Secretary’s Message — September 2021

Maryland’s Outdoors Preparing a Cool Transition to Fall   One of Maryland’s favorite summer pastimes is visiting the Maryland State Fair. Now in its 140th year, DNR was pleased to participate again this year and showcase the many ways we work to preserve, protect, and enhance our state’s natural resources. It was also a great  Read the Rest…


Record-breaking Half Million American Eels Navigate Eel Ramp at Conowingo Dam To Deliver Cleaner Water for Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay

Maryland’s Agreement with Exelon Will Bring Even Greater Results in Eel Passage and Increased Numbers of Water-filtering Mussels The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announce that more than half a million eels have passed from below the Conowingo Dam to be placed in the river above this  Read the Rest…


Maryland State Fair Comes Alive Aug. 26 through Sept. 6

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Exhibits in the Mosner Miller Building The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will bring displays, exhibits and programs about our state’s forests, fish, waters, and wildlife to the 2021 Maryland State Fair at the Timonium Fairgrounds from Friday, Aug. 26 – Monday, September 6.


Department of Natural Resources Highlights Deep Creek Lake Partnerships; Announces $2.2 Million in Additional Funding

Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio Presents ‘State of the Lake’ Address Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio on Tuesday delivered a “State of the Lake” to homeowners, officials, and stakeholders with interest in Deep Creek Lake. The secretary also announced $2.2 million in additional funding for dredging as part of her presentation. Speaking to the  Read the Rest…



Maryland Department of Health and Department of Natural Resources to Provide COVID-19 Vaccinations at Sandy Point State Park

This weekend’s vaccine availability is the latest stop on the GoVAX Summer Tour The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the availability of free COVID-19 vaccinations at Sandy Point State Park this weekend, Aug. 14-15. The event is the latest stop on the GoVAX Summer Tour,  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message — August 2021

Outdoors Career Training Offers a Lifetime of Growth Outdoor recreation has become more welcome than ever as we seek safe activities to do with our friends and family. Recognizing its importance even before the pandemic, Governor Hogan charged Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz and me with co-chairing the Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic Commission (MOREC). Since  Read the Rest…



Maryland Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors Named in Talbot County

‘Deputized’ Organizations Help Promote Maryland Outdoor Recreation A century-old yacht club, a historic ferry, a YMCA and senior center, and two outdoor retailers have been named Maryland Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors in Talbot County for their efforts to promote and expand access to the state’s outdoor recreation opportunities.  Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M.  Read the Rest…


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