Newsletter: December 2020

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December 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. 

The latest information on Governor Hogan’s executive orders and guidance to protect yourself and others can be found on the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery website page. Masks on, Maryland!

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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Have you heard about the Maryland Mentored Hunt Program? This program, coordinated by the department, teaches first-time hunters and lapsed hunters a new set of skills, including hunting techniques or how to hunt specific species. Learn more on our website.

More videos about the Mentored Hunt Program can be found on the department's YouTube channel.

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Enter the Arbor Day Poster Contest!

The Maryland Forest Service, in partnership with Maryland Forest Conservancy District Boards, is sponsoring a poster contest for fifth graders throughout Maryland.  Winners will receive a tree planting at their school.

Do you know a creative 5th grader?  Encourage them - and their classmates - to get artistic this winter! Kids can share their knowledge by creating a poster with this year's theme: "Trees are Terrific and Forest Products are too!

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First Weekend Hikes are Coming Up!

Start the new year off on the right foot! Maryland State Parks will be offering self-guided hike opportunities across the state from January 1-3, 2021. Due to safety precautions, staff will not be leading the hikes this year; however, we are providing plenty of information and well-marked trails to get you started.

Our First Day Hikes website is being updated with more information about hikes near you. First Day Hike “I Hiked” Stickers will be available while supplies last! Please help us collect data! Fill out this quick form after your hike.

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Think Spring! Trees Available for Spring Planting

Place your order for trees and shrubs today! The state tree nursery's online seedling catalog is now open and accepting orders for spring planting at       

Trees benefit the environment and enhance natural habitat for wildlife. Almost all trees and shrubs available for sale are native, and many are also pollinator-friendly.


Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens Dec. 19

Deer Hunters Enjoy Successful Firearms Opening Weekend

Department Offers Online Licensing Services in Spanish

Individuals Honored for Lifetime Support of Maryland Sport Fishing

Maryland Reports Early Deer Season 2020 Results

Elk Neck Rifle and Shotgun Ranges Scheduled for Maintenance

Survey of Maryland Hunters Results Released

Marylanders Reminded to Hire Licensed Tree Experts

Natural Resources Police Issue Citations in Bear Hunt


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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