The Maryland Natural Resource Magazine: Winter 2021

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Cover photo by James Rode                                                          Vol. 24, No. 1 | Winter 2021

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Outside Perspective
A message from Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio

If we have ever looked forward to a new year, it has to be this one! 2020 was difficult, but Maryland’s amazing natural resources provided us with the safe recreation, solace, and quality time together that many of us needed to stay “Maryland Strong.”

In fact, our Maryland State Parks welcomed a record number of visitors in 2020—more than 20 million—far surpassing the previous record of 14.9 million total visitors in 2019. Our Maryland Parks staff and Natural Resources Police did an outstanding job handling this unprecedented visitation. Read more.

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Get a Taste of Wild Maryland
Preview the New DNR Cookbook!

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is proud to offer a sneak peak of its new cookbook, which will soon be available online. Wild Maryland includes recipes submitted by Maryland residents, featuring Maryland species. Recipes include waterfowl, seafood, deer, and other wild game. A section of recipes also features ingredients found while foraging in the wild. Read more.

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High-tech Tools Map Out Green Space Equity

More than ever, local parks have become an essential part of everyday life for many people and critical space for communities. They provide a place to unwind after a long day, an alternative classroom for kids, a place to safely gather with family and friends, or just that special place to recharge one’s mental and physical energy. Parks and green infrastructure also play a key role in protecting communities from the harmful effects of climate change and enhancing community resilience. Read more.

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Rutherford’s Travels
Taking a Boyd’s Eye View of Maryland’s State Parks

Since beginning my bucket list quest to visit all 75 of Maryland’s state parks, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of the most remote corners of our state, witnessing its magnificent beauty far off the beaten path. Other times, I’ve encountered natural oases a mere stone’s throw from a busy highway, quietly hidden in plain view. Read more.

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Leave It to Beavers
Keystone Species Provides Nature-based Restoration

The North American beaver (Castor canadensis) was once ubiquitous throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For the past 25 years, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been working with local ecological restoration firms and environmental organizations to implement what is now called a “process-based” approach to stream restoration. Read more.

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Marine Law Enforcement Information Network

Is it possible for police officers to be in two places at the same time? Although the Maryland Natural Resources Police is at a near-record size force and operates more than 100 patrol boats, it can be challenging to keep an eye on a large body of water such as the Chesapeake Bay. In inclement weather and low visibility areas, officers may have trouble pinpointing boating activity.

Learn about a tool that gives patrol officers a clear view of boat traffic from the Port of Baltimore to the Potomac River. Read more.


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