That concept would seem to mesh nicely with Maryland's natural resources goals, as officials try to figure out how to boost membership in the outdoors community. Of particular concern is the 50 percent drop-out rate of male anglers ages 33-44, who stop buying licenses because of family and business commitments.
Feedback will be important, and on that count DNR, one of the first Maryland agencies online, leads the pack in online customer interaction. An electronic store that sells everything from state park passes to trail guides has served more than 1,000 customers this year and is widely considered a success. A free e-mailed newsletter about DNR activities has 3,600 subscribers.