Newsletter: August 2020

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August 2020

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COVID-19 Update

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has taken emergency measures to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Following the latest data concerning the pandemic, Governor Hogan issued a new executive order and a new public health advisory, effective July 31.

Visit our website for the latest update regarding Maryland's opportunities for outdoor recreation to follow guidelines on the safe enjoyment of our natural resources. The health and safety of the public is paramount, and we encourage you to keep track of the latest factual information regarding COVID-19 at the Maryland Department of Health website.​​​​​​

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Join Maryland state park staff for a virtual tour of the Hereford Area at Gunpowder Falls State Park! Explore the Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail, a rare eastern hemlock ravine, and the Panther Branch Trail, all from the comfort of your own home. Inspired to visit? Learn more about the Hereford Area on our website.

Check out other virtual ranger videos on the department's YouTube channel.

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Assist the Breeding Bird Atlas Project

The Breeding Bird Atlas of Maryland and the District of Columbia is a five-year project documenting the distribution and abundance of our local breeding bird populations, from turkeys to ducks to sparrows. This information is used to manage habitat and sustain healthy ecosystems.

If you find a nest—whether it’s in the backyard or the backwoods—you can contribute to the project! Visit the department's Breeding Bird Atlas website to learn how to get involved or to explore the data.

Photo by Stephen Hayes

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Enter the DNR Photo Contest by August 31

Calling all photographers! Be sure to enter your photos of Maryland landscapes, weather, wildlife, insects, and plants before the contest closes on Aug. 31.

Contest Tip: Enter your best fall and winter photos! We don't receive as many photos from these seasons and the contest is judged by season. Enter the contest here.

This photo of a wary fox cub by Richard Weingart was a fan favorite winner in the 2019 photo contest.

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Clean, Drain, Dry Before Launching Onto Deep Creek Lake

This summer, Deep Creek Lake Launch Stewards have intercepted boats carrying aquatic invasive species that were seeking to launch into the lake. Stewards directed the cooperative boat owners to clean and disinfect their boats at local marinas before they entered the water.

The Launch Steward Program is a cooperative effort between Garrett College’s Natural Resource and Wildlife Technology program and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Learn more about the program here.


Maryland Natural Resources Police Welcomes New Cadets

Qualification Shoots Scheduled for Managed Deer Hunts

Stocked Pheasant Hunts Nov. 21-22 in Locations Across Maryland

Early July Bay Hypoxia Report Released

Maryland Supports 120+ Local Projects for Water Quality, Resiliency

DNR In-Person Safety Education and Certification Classes Will Resume

Maryland Fire Crew Mobilized to Combat Wildfires in the Rockies

Communities Across Maryland Receive 3,450 Free Trees

Maryland’s Underwater Grasses Resilient Against Severe Rainfall

Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $13.5 Million


Are you wondering how to support your community during the COVID-19 crisis?
Visit Governor Hogan's Maryland Unites website to learn about how individuals can help.

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