Newsletter: January 2020

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January 2020

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Secretary's Message: January 2020
2020 is the Year of the Woman

As we begin a New Year, it is a good time to reflect on the successes we had in 2019. While there are too many to name in one article, a few rise to the top, including the designation of Mallows Bay as a National Marine Sanctuary (the first one in nearly a decade), the opening of Wolf Den Run (our newest state park), celebrating 20 years of the Rural Legacy program with more than 100,000 acres protected, and celebrating our 50th anniversary as a department.

We also honored the 90 veterans employed at DNR in keeping with Governor Hogan’s proclamation that 2019 was the Year of the Veteran. For 2020, with the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment approaching, Governor Hogan has proclaimed 2020 the Year of the Woman in Maryland. I was honored to join the governor, my fellow female cabinet members, and other prominent women leaders to kick off this initiative in December. Read more.

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Governor Hogan has proclaimed 2020 to be the "Year of the Woman." In this episode of AccessDNR we showcase the work of some of the many women who make our agency successful.

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Need seedlings?

The state tree nursery is accepting orders for the 2020 spring planting season. Whether you want to reforest timberland or create a windbreak, improve wildlife habitat or just enjoy the feeling of planting trees, the nursery can provide the trees you need!

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Congratulations! Ryan M. won an Amazon Echo Dot in our recent newsletter survey contest. He was one of 405 people who responded to our survey about smart speaker use. More than half of respondents said they had an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show, and survey respondents made 295 suggestions for the department to consider in developing new skills for Alexa in the coming year.

The Maryland Fishing Report was the department's first smart speaker skill -- be sure to check it out when the report returns for weekly updates in Marchl

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SALE: 2020 Natural Resource Calendar

Welcome each month of the new year with stunning images of Maryland landscapes, flora, and fauna. Get a 2020 Maryland Natural Resource wall calendar for just $5 with free shipping!

Use discount code DECADE at checkout. Offer applies to single purchase only. Offer ends January 15.


Winter Turkey Season Opens Jan. 23

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

Department Offers Free Environmental Seminars for Marinas

Monkton Angler Sets Record with Big-scale Pomfret

Record Participants Hike in New Year Across Maryland

Firearms Hunting for Deer Reopens Jan. 10

Hunters Harvest 27,000 Deer During Two-Week Season

2019 Conservationist of the Year Awarded to Thomas DiGregorio

Second Segment of Canada Goose Season Coming Up


Jan. 11: Holiday Cookie Decorating at Seneca Creek
Jan. 11: Winter Hike at Patuxent River
Jan. 12: Creature Feature at Cunningham Falls
Jan. 14: Yoga Practice at Martinak
Jan. 18: Nature Crafts at Cunningham Falls
Jan. 19: Orienteering Hike at Seneca Creek
Jan. 20: MLK Day Volunteer Projects at Cunningham Falls
Jan. 25: Skulls and Tracks at Patuxent River
Jan. 26: Grusendorf Open House at Seneca Creek
Jan. 28: Morning Walk15 at Martinak
Feb. 2: Hidden Corners Hike at Patapsco Valley

Check out our online calendar for more events.

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