Magazine: Spring 2019

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Vol. 22, No. 2 | Spring 2019

Outside Perspective
A message from Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio

As a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, stewardship of our natural resources has always been of personal importance to me. That is why it is such an honor and privilege to address you as Maryland’s 11th secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. Read more.

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Hugging the Shore
A Paddler’s Guide to the Lower Bay’s State Parks

Warmer weather is on the way, and it’s a great time to get out and explore Maryland by kayak, canoe or paddleboard. Maryland’s public lands and waters provide some of the best paddling opportunities on the eastern seaboard. Check out some of the top spots in the lower Chesapeake Bay.

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Mr. Evart's Mountain
Retracing the Steps of Allegany County’s Loneliest Settler

There’s not a lot left at Evart’s homesite, at the top of the mountain that bears the same name: scattered bits of foundation, a cluster of apple trees, an old stone well choked with blueberry bushes. But the things that drew Jacob Evart to the wilderness in the first place—the quiet, the solitude—endure. Up here, with only the birds and the clouds as companions, Evart lived a hermit’s life, removed from society and far from the woman who broke his heart.

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Art and Science to Support the Chesapeake Bay
The New Bay License Plate Design

Marylanders and visitors to our state have many ways to support the natural resources they enjoy. One of the most well-known recently went through a change—the Chesapeake Bay license plate.

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Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas
Calling all reptile and amphibian enthusiasts!

The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas is now available. This collaborative atlas is a result of over 1,000 community scientist volunteers and biologists working together to document distributions of reptiles and amphibians across the state. The guide contains over 85  accounts of reptiles and amphibians found in Maryland as well as data from a five-year statewide survey.

Additional Articles

Outside Perspective: Secretary's Message

Recipe: Grilled Duck Breasts with Red Currant Sauce

Transforming with Trees: 15 Years of Monitoring Streamside Buffers

2019 Arbor Day Poster Contest

Trout and Perch Rise to the Top for Spring Fishing

Spring Turkey Season Takes Flight: Great Spots to Find Gobblers

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What's the difference between invasive and non-native species? Where can I find information about the condition of the Chesapeake Bay? Our experts have the answers!

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Fisheries biologist Beth Versak got hooked on aquatic life early.

“When I was six, I said to my dad I wanted to go fishing, and so he took me,” Versak says. She never looked back, developing an interest in biology, and she has now spent most of her career studying the state’s iconic finfish —striped bass.

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We're commemorating the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' 50th anniversary with a special edition! Celebrate the department's past and look ahead to our bright future.

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