Newsletter: January 2021

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January 2021

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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 actions 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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Do you or someone you know use a tree stand to hunt? Tree stand-related accidents account for the majority of hunting accidents and deaths. Watch and share this video to review proper safety procedures. Stay safe out there during this season's remaining hunts

More videos about hunting safety can be found on the department's YouTube channel.

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Maryland DNR Survey a Success!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources received more than 14,500 responses to a survey sent via email to people who access Maryland's public lands and waters. At this time staff are currently analyzing the results, which will be used to improve our ability to provide the opportunities and services that fit the needs of our customers. Individual results will be kept confidential and used only by the Department of Natural Resources. 

Thank you to all who took our survey! 

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First Weekend Hike Welcomes 16,000 Hikers

The department estimates that 16,237 visitors took part in First Day Hikes in Maryland State Parks during the three-day period from January 1-3, 2021. Following safety provisions to prevent spread of COVID-19, and taking advantage of the long New Year’s weekend, hikers engaged in self-guided hikes over three days.

The three-day weekend and staggered hiking times reduced crowd size and also provided a vast array of weather conditions at parks from around the state—visitors braved everything from rain, sleet, and cold, to unusually warm temperatures. Read more.

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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.


Elk Neck Rifle and Shotgun Range Upgrades Completed

Cecil County Angler Catches Record Flathead Catfish

Governor Hogan Announces COVID-19 Relief for Agriculture and Seafood Producers

Deer Firearm Season Reopens Jan. 8 in Maryland

Maryland Environmental Trust Offers Land Steward Training Classes

Deer Harvest up 16% during Maryland Firearms Season

Wolf Den Run State Park Opens Additional 1,375 Acres

Maryland Fifth-Graders Invited to Submit Arbor Day Posters for 2021

Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest Winner Announced

Trio Charged with Illegal Deer Hunting in Garrett County


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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