Newsletter: December 2018

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Secretary's Message: December 2018
Increased Public Access Is Coming Your Way

2019 will be an exciting year for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as we continue to create, enhance and maintain public access and recreation opportunities throughout Maryland. I urge you to kick it off with a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day. So make a resolution to join us in Maryland’s great outdoors! Read more.

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In this episode, we improve water quality, pay homage to our heroes, make a splash with habitat and more!

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Consider sharing the gift of the great outdoors. Find exclusive deals on calendars, magazines, park passes and more at!

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Forty-four new officers have joined the ranks of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, Maryland's oldest state police department.

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Celebrate the holidays by giving the Gift of Trees! Have a tree or two planted in honor of a loved one or special commemoration or event.

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On New Year’s Day, the department will host First Day Hikes across the state. Most are easy-to-moderate walks; many even welcome pets!


Accessible Fishing Pier
Arbor Day Poster Contest
Chesapeake Logperch
Conservationist of the Year
Deer Firearms Season
Hunting Opportunity in Prince George's
Maryland Fishing Report
Police Collecting Toys
Wildlife Crimestoppers
Wildlife Management Area Expands


Nov. 17-Jan. 1: Lights on the Bay
Nov. 25-Dec. 23: Lights by the Lake
Dec. 3, 5: State Lake Funding

Dec. 6: Mind Over Miles
Dec. 8: Holiday Open House
Dec. 9: Holiday Green Decor Workshop
Dec. 15-16: Boatload of Toys
Dec. 16: Icy Igloos
Dec. 19: Wildlife as Symbols
Dec. 29: Ugly Sweater Walk


Click here for full calendar.

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