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Secretary’s Message — July 2021

Leaving a Positive Impact in our Wake I was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Sarah Taylor-Rogers, former Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary, Maryland Environmental Trust board member, and longtime leader and champion of environmental stewardship in Maryland. Dr. Taylor-Rogers was the first woman to head our department and her public service  Read the Rest…


Governor Hogan Awards $22 Million for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects

Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Supports 123 Unique Sites Governor Larry Hogan today announced the award of $22 million to 25 ecological restoration projects that will improve water quality and habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, while building local resilience to climate impacts. These awards encompass 123 unique sites that will be restored  Read the Rest…


Governor Hogan Announces $13.5 Million in Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards

Funding for 60 Boating Access, Navigation, and Safety Projects in 19 Counties Governor Larry Hogan today announced $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants for Fiscal Year 2022 to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities, and navigation throughout the state.  “Boating is not just an important part of our history and our culture, it  Read the Rest…


Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors Named in Ocean City

‘Deputized’ Ambassadors Help Promote Maryland Outdoor Recreation A longstanding fishing club that promotes marine conservation and a nonprofit organization that teaches surfing to autistic children have been named Maryland Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors in Ocean City for their efforts to promote and expand access to the state’s outdoor recreation opportunities.  Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Commerce Secretary  Read the Rest…


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…


Maryland Names First Group of ‘Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors’

Public, Private Sector Partners will Promote State’s Status as Recreation Destination The Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland Department of Natural Resources have announced that 18 Marylanders from the public and private sectors have been named as the state’s first Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors. As part of their responsibilities, the ambassadors will work to enhance the  Read the Rest…


Maryland Wildland Firefighters Honored for Exemplary Efforts in 2020

Governor Hogan Addresses DNR Crews That Battled Fires in 11 States Maryland’s wildland firefighters who served on interagency crews nationwide through the busy and challenging 2020 wildfire season were honored recently in a virtual recognition event. Governor Larry Hogan addressed the firefighters with a recorded greeting and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio  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…



Nearly $20M in Rural Legacy Program Grants Approved

Expansions and New Easements Benefit 17 Maryland Counties The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved recommendations of nearly $20 million in Rural Legacy Program grants for conservation easements and expansion in 17 Maryland counties. Funding from these grants will permanently protect more than 4,500 acres of working farms, forests, marshes, open space, shorelines, and  Read the Rest…



Maryland DNR Service Centers Begin Opening by Appointment

Safety Protocols Allow Access at Most Locations The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will begin offering appointments at select licensing and registration centers in a phased reopening of in-person services for customers. Appointments will be available starting June 15 at the following locations (unless otherwise noted): Bel Air – 501 W. MacPhail Road #2 Centreville,  Read the Rest…




DNR Activities During State of Emergency

Information for our Patrons, Customers, and Friends Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are taking proactive steps to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland. Following Governor Hogan’s emergency actions to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will remain operational, but we  Read the Rest…


Gov. Hogan Urges Congressional Leaders to Protect and Increase Funding for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Governor Larry Hogan, chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council, wrote to congressional leaders today calling for a reversal of proposed cuts to federal funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration. Maryland is urging an increase in funding to $90.5 million, while the Trump administration’s proposed FY21 budget cuts funding for these programs by more than 90 percent,  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…


Programs and Funding Bolster Maryland Forest Products Sector

State, Partners Working on New Market Strategies The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of Commerce, and other state agencies are working with partners across the state to direct grants, programs, and strategies for building new markets for Maryland’s forest products industry.   Overall market decline and sudden losses such as the closure of  Read the Rest…



Board of Public Works Approves $18.8 Million in Rural Legacy Program Grants

Funding Will Protect 4,500 Acres Statewide The Board of Public Works today unanimously approved recommendations of more than $18.8 million in Rural Legacy Program grants for conservation easements in 18 counties. Funding from these grants will permanently protect more than 4,500 acres of working farms, forests, open space, shorelines, and wetlands — plus cultural and  Read the Rest…


Department Launches New Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award

 Nominations Accepted Through Jan. 31, 2020 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission announce the creation of the Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award, a celebration of conservation, education, and sportsmanship. This prestigious honor will recognize an individual who has provided sustained efforts in habitat management, conservation, education, research, or other meaningful  Read the Rest…


Maryland Department of Natural Resources Offers Resources to Veterans

Benefits, Discounts Provided for Those Who Serve In recognition of Veterans Day, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces its numerous resources available to veterans. In February 2019, joined by more than 100 veterans, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed 2019 as the Year of the Veteran in Maryland. This yearlong observance honors United States veterans and  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message: November 2019

A Natural Expression of Gratitude to Our Veterans Governor Larry Hogan declared 2019 the Year of the Veteran, a yearlong observance to raise awareness of the brave service and sacrifice our United States veterans and families have made for Maryland and our country. While our nation will celebrate on Veterans Day, the governor’s declaration is  Read the Rest…



Maryland Submits Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up Plan

Final Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan Sets Path to Achieving Bay Restoration Goals by 2025 Maryland has developed a comprehensive plan for the next steps in continued progress in restoring the Chesapeake Bay. The Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan — submitted Aug. 23  to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — was developed to meet Maryland’s  Read the Rest…



Secretary’s Message: June 2019

Maryland Was Made for Great Outdoors Month June marks the official start of summer — although it feels like it really began weeks ago — and June also marks National Great Outdoors Month. While this is a national celebration, no one does outdoors better than Maryland! The State of Maryland features a unique array of  Read the Rest…


Maryland Parks and Playgrounds Receive $2.5 Million

Department Supports Projects in 19 Communities The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce the award of 19 Community Parks and Playgrounds grants, totaling $2.5 million, to municipalities across the state. The Community Parks and Playgrounds Program provides flexible grants to municipalities to rehabilitate, expand or improve existing parks, create new parks, or  Read the Rest…


Department Honors Employee of the Year

Ranger Rachel Temby Recognized by Peers Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio presented the department’s 2018 Employee of the Year award to Rachel Temby, park manager for the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area and Bohemia River State Park in Cecil County. Ranger Temby was selected for  exemplifying what  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…


Secretary’s Message: April 2019

Honor the Past by Investing in the Future This past month marked the passing of a friend and mentor — former Governor Harry Hughes.  I feel privileged to have known Governor Hughes, a fellow Eastern Shore resident, who was a man of integrity. He was also a leader who greatly influenced the mission of the  Read the Rest…


Governor Hogan Statement on Trump Administration’s Cuts To Chesapeake Bay Program

Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, which would drastically cut funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration: “As Governor of Maryland and Chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council, protecting the Chesapeake Bay remains one of my top priorities. The EPA Administrator himself called the Chesapeake Bay Program  Read the Rest…


Governor Larry Hogan Announces Cabinet Appointment

Appoints Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio as Secretary of Natural Resources Governor Larry Hogan today announced Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio as the Secretary of Natural Resources. Haddaway-Riccio currently serves as a Deputy Chief of Staff in the governor’s office, where she advises on environmental-related issues. “Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio has been a strong member of my executive team since day one and has  Read the Rest…


Governor Larry Hogan Proposes Major Investments for Maryland Environment, Chesapeake Bay

FY 2020 Budget Includes Record Investment in Bay Restoration For the fifth year in a row, Governor Larry Hogan has proposed major funding for restoring the Chesapeake Bay and protecting the environment and well-being of Marylanders. “Through his funding priorities, Governor Hogan continues to demonstrate unprecedented support for initiatives that protect our lands and waters  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…


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…



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…



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…


Maryland Conservation Corps Now Recruiting Young Adults

Award-Winning Program Provides Practical Experience and Skills Training The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now recruiting members for the Maryland Conservation Corps, an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults aged 17-25 in extensive conservation, environmental and natural resources management projects across the state. The department seeks to hire 35 full-time members who will work  Read the Rest…



Governor Larry Hogan Congratulates Students at Green Schools Youth Summit

Cheers On Students’ Efforts to Become Stewards of Maryland’s Environment Governor Larry Hogan today attended the 9th Annual Maryland Green Schools Youth Summit, held at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, where he greeted more than 2,750 students and educators from across the state. The governor congratulated the students and schools on achieving the Maryland Green Schools Award from Maryland Association for Environmental  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…


Maryland Announces First State-Led Climate Leadership Academy

Effort to Support Communities in Sustainability Planning Maryland is launching the nation’s first state-sponsored Climate Leadership Academy to help local governments, critical infrastructure organizations and state agencies effectively plan, prepare and implement climate change initiatives. At a launch event on the first day of Maryland’s inaugural State of the Coast conference, senior state and local officials  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…


New Combined Licensing and Registration Service Center Opens in Cumberland

Centralized Location Becomes “One-Stop Shop” for Services Cumberland residents and those living in the surrounding area now have one central location to complete their Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources transactions. As part of Governor Hogan’s Customer Service Promise to make services more accessible to Marylanders, the Department of  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message: May 2018

Commission Hits the Ground Running Recently the Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic Commission held its first meeting – and we’re ready to hit the road. Created by Governor Larry Hogan last fall, this commission will develop innovative strategies to market Maryland’s unique outdoor and heritage recreation brand, as well as recommend initiatives to attract and retain outdoor  Read the Rest…


Hogan Administration Brings New Licensing and Registration Service Center to Annapolis

Combined Center includes Driving, Fishing, Hunting, Boating and Crabbing Licenses Residents of Annapolis and the surrounding area are now able to complete Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration and Maryland Department of Natural Resources transactions in one convenient location. As part of Governor Hogan’s Customer Service Promise to make services more accessible to Marylanders,  Read the Rest…



Maryland Hosts First-Ever State of the Coast Conference

Connecting People, Innovation and Opportunity May 21-23 in Cambridge The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science will bring together more than 200 local officials, business and industry leaders, resource stakeholders and users, scientists, and federal and state agency experts for Maryland’s first State of the Coast conference. The  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…


Maryland Natural Resources Police Celebrates Sesquicentennial

Oldest State Police Agency to Host Public Celebration May 12 at Sandy Point State Park One hundred and fifty years ago today, Maryland’s oldest state police agency began its mission of protecting people, wildlife and public lands and waters. Maryland Natural Resources Police is marking its sesquicentennial with a proclamation from Gov. Larry Hogan and congratulatory resolutions from  Read the Rest…


The Nature of Change: Spring 2018

I’m proud to help commemorate an important milestone in Maryland history—150 years since the founding of the Maryland Natural Resources Police. The department is our first state law enforcement agency, predating the Maryland State Police by almost a half-century, and is also one of the oldest conservation law enforcement organizations in the nation.


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…


Park Advisory Commission Awards Outstanding Supporters

Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Public Television and Mid Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts Receive Honors The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announces individuals and organizations recently recognized by the Park Advisory Commission and Maryland Park Service as outstanding supporters of our state parks. The commission presents the awards annually.  Governor Larry Hogan received the Leadership Award of Excellence  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message: March 2018

Seeking the Input of Maryland’s Experts – You I have the privilege of working with a dedicated team of experts in the natural sciences. The staff of every unit at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is committed to constantly refining the management of public resources – fisheries, forests, public lands, waterways and wildlife. But  Read the Rest…


Governor Larry Hogan’s Budget Fully Funds Bay Restoration and Land Conservation Programs

Hogan Administration Continues Strong Support for Environment and Natural Resources Governor Larry Hogan’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2019 continues to demonstrate his administration’s strong support for Chesapeake Bay restoration and the preservation and protection of Maryland’s environment and natural resources. “Actions speak louder than words and the governor’s budget can be heard loud and  Read the Rest…


Secretary’s Message: January 2018

All Hands on Deck for Bay Restoration Happy New Year! At the end of 2017, I reflected on the progress that we’ve made protecting and restoring our most precious natural resource and treasure, the Chesapeake Bay. Now entering 2018, I want to focus on partnerships and opportunities we have to build on in the coming  Read the Rest…


The Nature of Change: Winter 2018

Maryland is abundant with natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources that contribute significantly to our economy and quality of life. My administration is committed to doing everything we can to expand opportunities for our citizens and visitors to appreciate all that our state has to offer, and to create and grow economic opportunities for all  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…


Maryland Boaters Can Now Renew Vessels Online

New Interagency Platform Enhances Renewal Process As part of Governor Larry Hogan’s Customer Service Promise to provide government services in an accessible and convenient manner, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that Maryland boat owners can now renew their vessel registration online. The new digital platform can be accessed through the department’s online  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…


Secretary’s Message: December 2017

A Watershed Year for the Chesapeake Bay When this year began, I knew it held great promise for the future of our most precious natural resource and treasure, the Chesapeake Bay. Maryland is committed to protecting and restoring the nation’s largest estuary, and I’m pleased to say this year we’ve seen strong signs of progress.


$21 Million Available for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects

Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Focuses on Water Quality; Local Governments and Nonprofits Encouraged to Submit Letters by Jan. 19 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites local governments and nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to help restore the Chesapeake Bay and improve water quality. Through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust  Read the Rest…



Hogan Administration Saves Harford County Residents Time with Combined Service Center

New Office Creates “One-Stop Shop” for Customers Delivering on the Hogan administration’s Customer Service Promise, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Deputy Secretary Jim Ports today joined Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Assistant Secretary Allan Fisher and Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration Administrator (MVA) Christine E. Nizer in officially unveiling a combined service  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…



Governor Larry Hogan Announces Maryland Outdoor Recreational Economic Commission

Will Strengthen the Outdoor Recreation Industry, Boost Rural Maryland Economy Governor Larry Hogan today announced Executive Order 01.01.2017.24 establishing the Maryland Outdoor Recreational Economic Commission (MORE). This commission will be responsible for developing strategies and making recommendations to the governor to strengthen the state’s outdoor recreation industry and help ensure increased investment in our state’s  Read the Rest…



Maryland Environmental Trust Celebrates Anniversary

Governor Larry Hogan Honors Conservationists at Government House More than 100 guests attended a reception Oct. 12 at the Government House in Annapolis to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Maryland Environmental Trust and honor landowners who have voluntarily and permanently preserved their land. Governor Larry Hogan, along with Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary  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…


The Nature of Change: Fall 2017

The Chesapeake Bay is Maryland’s most treasured natural asset. Since taking office, our administration has made incredible progress toward protecting the bay, including more than $3 billion in restoration efforts—an unprecedented investment. We continue to make great strides—this year the bay received one of the highest scores calculated by scientists at the University of Maryland  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: September 2017

A Higher Level of Protection for Our Lands and Waters In August I had the opportunity to participate in a Maryland Natural Resources Police boating and water safety patrol off Ocean City. I was fortunate to get a birds-eye view in our newly reacquired helicopter, Natural 1, during a flight to ensure the safety of  Read the Rest…


Project Green Classrooms Kicks Off in Howard County

Governor Larry Hogan’s Environmental Education Initiative Makes Debut The Maryland Department of Natural Resources joined the Maryland State Department of Education last week to kick off a new statewide initiative dedicated to promoting outdoor learning, discovery, healthy play and career exploration in Maryland. Project Green Classrooms held its initial meeting July 27 at the Howard County  Read the Rest…


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…



Secretary’s Message: July 2017

Teaching the Next Generation of Stewards School may be out for summer, but education is always a priority for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. One of the great pleasures of my work is seeing the knowledge and passion about our state’s natural bounty pass from one generation to the next.



Community Parks and Playgrounds Program Accepting Applications

Department of Natural Resources Offers Funds for Improved Access to Open Spaces The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting grant applications from cities and towns seeking to build, enhance or rehabilitate local parks and playgrounds. Funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program can be used to restore existing areas and features or to develop and expand  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…


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.


Governor Larry Hogan Commemorates Grand Opening of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Governor Commits to Full Funding of Harriet Tubman Statue on State House Grounds In honor of Harriet Tubman Day, Governor Larry Hogan today announced the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in Church Creek, Maryland. The governor joined nearly 500 guests for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including descendants of Harriet Ross Tubman,  Read the Rest…


Governor Larry Hogan Names Captain Eldridge Meredith ‘Admiral of the Chesapeake Bay’

Lt. Governor Rutherford Presents Award, Celebrates Life of Captain Eldridge Meredith Governor Larry Hogan has commissioned Kent Island resident Captain Eldridge Meredith as the 101st Admiral of Chesapeake Bay, a prestigious lifetime achievement award for an individual’s extraordinary commitment to the conservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford presented the award on  Read the Rest…


Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Releases Annual Report

Partnerships Prove to be Catalyst for Chesapeake Bay Restoration The Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund released its annual report, which details the program’s activities in the state, including the restoration of 653 acres of wetland, 207,900 linear feet of stream, and 1,165 acres of streamside tree buffers. The Trust Fund, which is administered by the  Read the Rest…



Department Develops Oyster Sustainability Project

Private-Public Partnership Focuses on Conservation and Economics The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is working to establish an economically-productive and sustainable oyster harvesting cooperative in Anne Arundel County. With funding from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the comprehensive private-public partnership will enhance the long-term business and economic  Read the Rest…


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