Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

November 27, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Maryland

Entrance fees rise Jan. 1 at some state forests, parks

ANNAPOLIS - Entrance fees at some of Maryland's most popular state forests and parks will increase by a dollar Jan. 1 as the state Department of Natural Resources tries to avoid reducing maintenance and services because of budget cuts.

Officials announced the $1 increase in per person or per vehicle service fees this month, hoping to raise an additional $1.2 million next year.

Information: www.dnr.state. md.us.

Watermen to receive second $500 grant

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland watermen will receive a second $500 grant from the state as part of an emergency aid package in response to the Chesapeake Bay's declining blue crab harvest, officials announced yesterday.

Watermen who reported trying to catch crabs at least 100 days during the 2001 and 2002 seasons are eligible for the payments. The money comes from Maryland's $1.2 million share of a $5 million aid package approved by Congress to help watermen in five states with poor crab harvests.

The first $500 grant was announced in June, and watermen who received those payments will automatically receive the second checks, according to Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials.

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