Newsletter: December 2019

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December 2019

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Secretary's Message: December 2019
Winter is Coming - Perfect for Maryland Outdoors Fun!

As we rake up the last of the fall leaves and the weather turns colder, some may think that winter’s arrival means less time spent outside, but Maryland has many cold-weather outdoor recreation opportunities.

Western Maryland - or Mountain Maryland as some call it - is a true winter wonderland. We have 23 state parks and three state forests in the westernmost counties, plus access to the national Appalachian Trail, all of which provide wonderful wintry vistas. Read more.

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In this episode of AccessDNR, we have a look at a major marina renovation, celebrate the designation of the newest national marine sanctuary, work to improve amenities along a legendary trail, and more!

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This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Trees

The Gift of Trees program offers Marylanders the opportunity to purchase native trees for planting in honor of a celebration, commemoration, or observation.

Order your Gift of Trees for planting next growing season.

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Shop DNR to Support Maryland Natural Resources!

This holiday season, we have the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Check out for Gift of Trees, wall calendars, magazines, trail maps, and more! 

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Celebrate Conservation, Education, Sportsmanship

The department's new Sport Fisheries Achievement Award will recognize an individual who has provided sustained efforts in habitat management, conservation, education, research, or other meaningful contributions that benefit fish and recreational fishing in Maryland. Nominations accepted now through Jan. 31, 2020.


Forever Maryland Foundation Launched

Grants Gateway Open for Community Resiliency and Environmental Restoration

Maryland Fifth-Graders Invited to Submit Arbor Day Posters for 2020

2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest Winner Announced

Natural Resources Police Put Spotlight on Illegal Hunting Practices

Maryland Reports Early Season Deer, Turkey Hunt Results

'Boatload of Toys' Getting Underway for 2019

Deer Firearms Season Open Until Dec. 14

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Offers Resources to Veterans


Dec. 7: Where Did the Green Go? at Patuxent River
Dec. 8: Nature Crafts at Seneca Creek
Dec. 13: Santa's Magic Workshop at Martinak
Dec. 14: Holiday Greens Decor Workshop at Seneca Creek
Dec. 15: Feed the Birds at Patuxent River
Dec. 21: Winter Solstice Bike Ride and Decorating Contest at Martinak
Dec. 27: Campfire and Craft at Patuxent River

January 1, 2020: Statewide First Day Hikes

Check out our online calendar for more events.

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