Newsletter: October 2018

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October 2018

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Positive Grades for Maryland's Coastal Bays

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program recently unveiled the 2017 Coastal Bays Report Card, a snapshot assessment on the health and resiliency of the coastal bays surrounding Ocean City and Assateague Island. The bays' collective health received a “B-,” its highest grade ever reported! Nutrient reductions have shown a positive trend in many locations since 1999. Read more.

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In this month's AccessDNR, we unblock a river, pay tribute to a local fishing legend, study juvenile striped bass and more!

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The 2018 Natural Resource Photo Contest yielded thousands of stunning images. The winning photos will be featured in next year's wall calendar, which is available for pre-order now.

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The Maryland Park Service will continue to honor the Every Kid in a Park program, permitting fourth-graders and their families free admission to national public lands and state parks.

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Leaves have just begun to turn in the mountains, and festivals are planned throughout the state. Sign up now for our weekly reports touting peak vibrancy forecasts, events and more.

Map showing location of Manokin River

The department has recommended the Manokin River in Somerset County as the fifth and final tributary for large-scale oyster restoration as per the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement.


Bloede Dam Removal Begins

Blue Catfish Purchasing Initiative

Eastern Shore Trapping Bid Packets Available

Fall Trout Stocking

Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants

Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund

Pocomoke River State Park Expands

Tree-Mendous Maryland Accepting Orders

Wildlife Education Trunks Available

Youth Fishing Rodeos


Oct. 2, 4, 6: Hunter Safety Education
Oct. 7: Autumn Tea
Oct. 13: Apple Butter Boil
Oct. 18-20: Haunted History Hike
Oct. 20: Wolf Den Run Open House
Oct. 21: Twilight's Last Gleaming
Oct. 24: Full Hunter's Moon Hike
Oct. 27: Beach Cleanup
Oct. 27: Going Batty
Oct. 28: 5K Fun Run/Walk

 Click here for our full calendar

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