department of natural resources

Oct 31, 2022

Review sought after Md. park manager indicted on rape charges

Two Maryland lawmakers have called for an independent review of the state Department of Natural Resources’ handling of repeated complaints against the former manager at Gunpowder Falls State Park.

Sep 17, 2019

Maryland releases oyster harvest limits: 26% reduction goal

Maryland's upcoming oyster season won't be cut by 10 days at the start and another 10 days at the end, officials announced Monday, a change to an initial proposal that relieved watermen but concerned critics who support stronger conservation measures.

Sep 10, 2019

Maryland gets $700K in funding to study endangered sturgeon

A Maryland agency has been awarded more than $700,000 in federal funding to study and monitor the endangered Atlantic sturgeon.

Nov 1, 2018

DNR head denies retaliating against spokesperson for Facebook remark

The head of the Department of Natural Resources denied Thursday that a duty reassignment for an employee was related to a social media post referring to a gubernatorial candidate for governor as an “a–clown.” Candus Thomson, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police, claims she was demoted in September from her position after making a […]

Jun 28, 2017

Crab season shortened in Md., Va. after reported population drop

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland and Virginia will end their respective crabbing seasons early this year, following a report indicating a drop in the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population. News outlets report that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that its crab season will end Nov. 20, 10 days earlier than 2016’s extended season. The […]

May 3, 2017

First in Md: get driving, hunting, fishing licenses at 1 office

ESSEX — Maryland residents are now able to get hunting, fishing and driver’s licenses at the same place in Baltimore County. The state Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources opened the state’s first combined office Wednesday in Essex. Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton, Deputy Transportation Secretary James Ports and Motor Vehicle Administrator [&he[...]

Oct 12, 2015

Md. officials stocking popular fishing locations with trout

ANNAPOLIS — Officials in Maryland are stocking popular fishing locations with trout. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says that if the weather cooperates, officials will release about 25,000 trout by the end of October. Officials are stocking locations including Bear Creek, Big Elk Creek, Deer Creek, Great Seneca Creek, Town Creek and Tuckahoe Creek. […]

Jun 19, 2015

A new role for nonprofits saving the bay

While conservation groups typically stick to advocating for policy and regulatory changes, a few Maryland organizations recently found themselves playing an unusual role in helping investigators solve the biggest illegal poaching case on the Chesapeake Bay in 25 years. Earlier this month, the Chesapeake BaySavers Association donated its pledged $10,000 portion of the $20,000 reward […]

Dec 13, 2014

New app helps anglers, DNR track fish

A new website and smartphone app, on which a group of Maryland-area recreational anglers worked for months, is expected to enhance the quality of a federally run program that tracks and helps manage recreational fisheries.

Dec 5, 2014

DNR opens hunting at St. Mary’s park

After requests from the hunting community, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources decided to permit limited hunting at Newtowne Neck State Park in St. Mary’s County during the 2014-2015 season. Hunting had been suspended when the park temporarily was closed in 2012, and the ban held when the park reopened in April. The Maryland Waterfowler’s Association […]

Jul 28, 2014

More active oversight planned for Deep Creek Lake

A draft management plan for the Deep Creek Lake watershed seeks better coordination among government agencies and private parties whose interests converge at the western Maryland vacation destination.

Jun 18, 2014

Board approves settlement in gender discrimination, harassment suit

Two top state officials express concern over the continued to employee a state park ranger who has been implicated in other sexual harassment and gender discrimination complaints.

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