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December 26, 2010
I'd like to defend the Department of Natural Resources in their actions concerning the recent rescue by two men of a deer trapped in the ice in the Patapsco. There seems to be a lot of public outrage against them, and they deserve a defense. The "N" in DNR stands for "natural," from its root "nature. " It is perfectly natural for deer to get trapped in the ice and die. What is unnatural is for animal lovers to try to save them. It is not in any sense of the word "inhumane" to let the deer die in their natural environment.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service recently certified a new freshwater-division white perch record and an Atlantic division cobia record. On Sept. 5, James Stiars of Baldwin caught a 1.7-pound white perch in Loch Raven Reservoir, breaking the previous record of 1.62 pounds set by John Williams in 2008, also in Loch Raven. "It was my first cast of the day," Stiars told the DNR. "I was using a Shad Rat crank-bait, and I thought I had a largemouth bass on the line.
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From The Aegis | April 3, 2012
Property owners in Harford County with streams or creeks on their land are eligible to receive a free package of seedling trees through a new program designed to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. Known as the Backyard Buffers Program, it seeks to increase the number of soil-penetrating trees along bay tributaries on small properties. For years, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service has organized the planting of trees on large properties as a way to establish forested areas with root systems capable of holding soil in place and preventing erosion, but many properties where erosion is a problem are relatively small and don't lend themselves to large-scale tree plantings.
NEWS
By Barbara Pash | August 12, 2014
Hikers may soon be able to walk on extended public trails in the Sweet Air section of Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County, and anglers may have additional access to the Sawmill Branch of the Little Gunpowder River. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will go before the state Board of Public Works to request approval to buy a conservation easement on 209 acres of land next to that section of the park for $995,000. "We're very pleased to preserve this section of the park and at the same time provide public access," said Emily Wilson, director of land acquisition and planning for the state DNR. DNR is requesting the easement purchase through its Program Open Space, a nationally recognized program that acquires and develops recreational and open space areas.
FEATURES
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Biologists from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources got to hold some cute bear cubs Monday. But it was more than just an opportunity to see the state's wildlife up close. DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service used the winter check-up to "keep an eye on the size and health of Maryland's bruin population," said DNR spokeswoman Candus Thomson . Staff ventured into the woods Monday, while sows and bears were still located in their dens, Thomson said. The exercise allowed biologists "to change the batteries in radio collars worn by some sows and tag the new cubs with microchips, so they can be scanned in subsequent years without disturbing their hibernation.
NEWS
By Tim Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
The Senate delayed a vote Friday to confirm Gov. Martin O'Malley's natural resources secretary after the head of the Maryland Watermen's Association accused acting Secretary Joseph P. Gill of threatening his members' livelihood. Sen. Richard F. Colburn, a Republican representing the middle Eastern Shore, asked that the vote be put off until Feb. 14 over the allegedly threatening remark. Robert T. Brown Sr., the watermen's association leader, told lawmakers Gill warned him Wednesday that if a regulatory bill opposed by the group didn't pass, DNR would cut commercial catch quotas.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 11, 2010
Eric Schwaab, the deputy secretary of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, has been tapped by the Obama administration to run the National Marine Fisheries Service. Schwaab, a 23-year veteran at DNR, begins his new duties Tuesday as assistant administrator for fisheries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In announcing his appointment on Wednesday, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco noted Schwaab's "experience and proven leadership" and said he would bring "fresh perspective" to NOAA's effort to rebuild the nation's fisheries and the livelihoods that depend on them.
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By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2011
The Department of Natural Resources has delayed a decision on reopening the commercial gill net season in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Top agency officials met Friday to review the investigation into the eight poaching incidents that began in late January and forced the closure of the season on Feb. 4. They will take the issue up again next week, said DNR spokesman Josh Davidsburg. But time is running out on the commercial season, which is set to close at the end of the month and not reopen until December.
NEWS
December 20, 2010
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources only cares about killing animals, not saving them ( "Rescuers fined after freeing deer caught in Patapsco ice," Dec. 19). Most of them are avid hunters or staunch supporters of hunting. Hiking groups, nature groups and biking groups are getting sick and tired of the dangerous hunting season getting longer and longer each year. My hiking club has to change hiking plans more and more frequently because of hunting. Tree stands and hunters are everywhere.
NEWS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2012
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is suggesting lesser increases in boat registration than was proposed last month in the General Assembly. Under the department's amendment, registration every two years would cost: $25 for boats under 16 feet; $50 for boats under 21 feet; $75 for boats under 32 feet; $100 for boats under 45 feet; $200 for boats up to 65 feet; and $300 for boats more than 65 feet long. The new fee levels would start in 2013. Boat registration, regardless of vessel size, currently costs $24 every two years.
BUSINESS
By Michael Bodley, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has imposed new rules and regulations on water jet pack businesses in Ocean City to keep thrill-seekers safe. The jet packs - which propel pressurized streams of water to lift riders up to 30 feet above the water's surface - left Ocean City police officers "unsure of how to handle them and what to do" after they were introduced last summer, said Julie Brown, a boating education coordinator with the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
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By Nate Rabner, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
Since May 2, boaters and anglers trying to use a Gunpowder Falls State Park parking lot in Kingsville have encountered a padlocked gate. Signs in English and Spanish flanking the gate say the Jones Road lot is closed through Sept. 1 to “allow the park's natural resources to recover from heavy use.” “We were noticing over time that the carrying capacity at Jones Road was being exceeded,” said Sarah Witcher, northern-area manager for the park. “Way more people were coming than the area was originally designed for, and as a result, it would have a number of impacts both on the environment and the surrounding community,” including littering, trampled plants and cars parked on neighborhood streets.
NEWS
Tim Wheeler | March 10, 2014
Natural Resources Secretary Joseph P. Gill is no longer "acting. "  As expected, the Senate voted Friday to confirm him after an extraordinary hearing at which watermen protested his oversight of the commercial fishing industry and Gill apologized for a "communications gap" with the group. The vote was 40 to 7. Gill's confirmation had been on hold since late January, after the president of the Maryland Watermen's Association accused him of threatening commercial fishermen with loss of catch if the department failed to win legislative authority to change fishing seasons and quotas on short notice.
FEATURES
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Biologists from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources got to hold some cute bear cubs Monday. But it was more than just an opportunity to see the state's wildlife up close. DNR's Wildlife and Heritage Service used the winter check-up to "keep an eye on the size and health of Maryland's bruin population," said DNR spokeswoman Candus Thomson . Staff ventured into the woods Monday, while sows and bears were still located in their dens, Thomson said. The exercise allowed biologists "to change the batteries in radio collars worn by some sows and tag the new cubs with microchips, so they can be scanned in subsequent years without disturbing their hibernation.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
Five Queen Anne's County watermen have been charged with illegally taking 51 bushels of oysters from a protected area near the mouth of the Wicomico River in Tangier Sound, Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials said. Acting on a tip, Natural Resources Police officers used radar and cameras to track several boats tonging in the Evans Oyster Harvest Reserve Area, they said. The waterman charged are: Ryan Daniel Baxter, 20, of Queen Anne; Benjamin Leonard Reihl, 26, of Rock Hall; Adam Vincent Reihl, 21, of Church Hill; Harvey Thomas Bowers, 49, of Chestertown, and George Albert Lee, 45, of Dominion.
NEWS
Tim Wheeler | March 4, 2014
Acting Natural Resource Secretary Joseph P. Gill's confirmation as the department's permanent chief appears back on track. A Senate committee Monday approved Gill's nomination after he apologized for remarks that angered watermen and vowed to work on closing what he called a "communication gap. " The Executive Nominations Committe voted to send Gill's nomination to the full Senate for confirmation. Sen. Richard F. Colburn, an Eastern Shore Republican, was the only dissenter, though three other Republicans on the 18-member panel abstained.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2011
After tons more striped bass were found to be caught illegally on Maryland's waterways this year — and 60 recreational fishermen were recently contacted by officials of the Department of Natural Resources informing them they could face the prospect of losing their licenses — two open houses have been scheduled for this week so the public and other interested parties can learn of new regulations being considered. Gina Hunt, deputy director of the Fisheries Service for the DNR, said Friday that the open houses are a more relaxed setting "similar to a show at an art gallery" than a public hearing, at which officials take questions and hear comments from interested parties.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2013
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police were searching on the Pocomoke River near Snow Hill on Sunday for the body of a 63-year-old Salisbury man who is presumed dead, according to DNR spokeswoman Candy Thomson. The search was called off at about 7 p.m. after it became too dark to search for the man, Thomson said. The search is expected to resume at around 7 a.m. on Monday. Otto Paul Lynch was participating in a two-day bass tournament when fisherman noticed his 19-foot long boat was empty and adrift on the Pocomoke, and called the DNR at 1:12 p.m Saturday.
NEWS
By Ann Bristow, Paul Roberts and Nick Weber | February 24, 2014
After 25 meetings in 30 months, Maryland's Safe-Drilling Advisory Commission can show nearly finalized recommendations for overhauling the regulation of gas drilling by the Maryland Department of Environment and Department of Natural Resources (MDE and DNR). Two other major undertakings, studies of economic impacts and health impacts, have early summer deadlines. Less determined are work-plans for analyzing transportation concerns and drilling risks. Together, these unfinished studies form the backbone of a final report due in about 150 days, on Aug. 1. We propose that there is no way to meet this deadline - for good reasons.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | February 22, 2014
The inaugural Choptank Bridge Swim is no mere dip in the pool. The open-water endurance event May 10 in Cambridge consists two swim options - 1.6 and 3.6 miles - along the banks of the Choptank River and between the Choptank River Bridge and the Choptank River Fishing Pier. Registration opened last week and will cost $60 until April 30, then $85 through May 9. Race-day registration of $85 will be available if the event has not sold out. Check-in and race-packet pickup will be on race day at the Dorchester County Visitors Center, adjacent to Sailwinds Park.
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