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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2000
PUZZLEY RUN -- Deep in a state forest near this Garrett County stream, a fluorescent pink ribbon marks the spot where local officials hope to find the water to supply a growing community and spur economic development in one of the poorest regions of Maryland. But the ribbon is attached to a metal stake driven into the ground under a hemlock tree in a Sensitive Management Area in Savage River State Forest, where a state management plan prohibits "resource extraction." Changes in that plan require public comment, yet the state Department of Natural Resources has granted the nearby town of Grantsville permission to drill a test well on the site without asking for public opinion.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2000
PUZZLEY RUN -- Deep in a state forest near this Garrett County stream, a fluorescent pink ribbon marks the spot where local officials hope to find the water to supply a growing community and spur economic development in one of the poorest regions of Maryland. But the ribbon is attached to a metal stake driven into the ground under a hemlock tree in a Sensitive Management Area in Savage River State Forest, where a state management plan prohibits "resource extraction." Changes in that plan require public comment, yet the state Department of Natural Resources has granted the nearby town of Grantsville permission to drill a test well on the site without asking for public opinion.
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SPORTS
September 24, 1992
Today-Saturday: $291,000 Bassmaster BP Top 10 tournament, Smallwood State Park near Waldorf. Launch daily between 6:30 and 7 a.m. Weigh-ins daily starting about 2 p.m.Today-Sunday: Sunfest Boat Show at Shantytown Village in West Ocean City. Show opens daily at noon. No admission. More than 100 boats on display. Call (410) 213-1121.Today-Sunday: Penn's Landing in-the-water boat show, Penn's Landing Boat Basin in Philadelphia. Call (215) 449-9910.Saturday-Sunday: DNR-sponsored Potomac paddling adventure, family canoe trip at Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County.
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By Bob Downing and Bob Downing,Knight Ridder / Tribune | March 23, 2003
Marylanders who don't live in the western part of the state might sometimes forget about that region's mountains -- those genuinely rugged, thigh-busting mountains. One place in Western Mary-land where you can find trails to take you into the heart of those mountains is the relatively little-known Savage River State Forest. The state forest is a playground for hikers, backpackers, paddlers, anglers, hunters, mountain bikers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, off-road drivers and even ice climbers.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | November 26, 2006
Throw the bums out. If not now, in January. Bring in the Prince of Darkness, Joe Steffen, to clean house at the Department of Natural Resources. If he's busy, pick another hatchet man and give him a fistful of pink slips. Any DNR official involved in creating the conflict between hunters and an upscale private resort at Savage River State Forest in Western Maryland should be on notice. Taxpaying citizens should never have to beg their government to ensure access to public land. The story is this: The owner of the Savage River Lodge in eastern Garrett County pulled strings and got DNR to post bright yellow signs prohibiting hunting in the portion of Savage River State Forest that abuts his property and the access road leading to it. Mike Dreisbach, who opened the lodge about six years ago, says some of his guests have become frightened when they encounter hunters while hiking or cross-country skiing.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Staff Writer | March 20, 1992
Calls to curb logging in Maryland's largest publicly owned forest dominated an open hearing in Catonsville last night, contrasting with the vocal pro-logging crowd that turned out Wednesday in Oakland.Nearly all of the more than 100 people who attended last night's hearing at Catonsville Community College urged the state Department of Natural Resources to ban logging in most, if not all, of the Savage River State Forest in Garrett County.State forestry officials have drafted a 10-year management plan that would leave 55 percent of the 53,000-acre forest open to logging.
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By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,Annapolis Bureau of The Sun | March 21, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Despite protests by conservation groups, the Board of Public Works approved yesterday the harvesting of about 350 acres of trees from state-owned forests in Western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore.The timber sale involved a total of eight sites in Western Maryland's Green Ridge State Forest in Allegany County, Potomac-Garrett State Forest and Savage River State Forest in Garrett County, and one in the Wicomico Demonstration Forest in Wicomico County on the lower Eastern Shore.
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Western Maryland Bureau of The Sun | December 20, 1994
GRANTSVILLE -- State officials are weighing two business ventures that would create badly needed jobs in Garrett County but also would require unusual private use of publicly owned forest.In one venture, James Oberhaus, a Frostburg businessman and his partner, Patriot Mining Co. of Morgantown, W.Va., are seeking state approval for coal-mining deep underneath 498 acres in Potomac-Garrett State Forest in southern Garrett County.Mr. Oberhaus proposes leasing the tract from the state. In exchange, he would give Maryland a highly sought 216-acre tract next to Savage River State Forest in the northeastern part of the county, as well as mineral rights to another 2,800 acres in the forest and royalties from coal mined at the leased site.
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By Joanne E. Morvay and Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 25, 2003
Looking for the real winter? You know -- the one with cold temperatures, scenic snowfalls and lots of cool (pardon the pun) stuff to do? Head west to Garrett County. Less than three hours from Baltimore, Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding communities offer more winter activities than you may realize. There's skiing, of course, but also snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice sailing and dunking to satisfy the adventurous types. More sedate pastimes include ice skating, snowshoeing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 9, 2004
The 35-year-old turkey hunter who was fatally shot by his hunting partner Saturday in Green Ridge State Forest in Western Maryland has been identified as Stamos Courpas of Fairfax, Va., according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Two other hunters were wounded in unrelated shooting mishaps over the weekend, a third was injured in a fall from a tree, and another apparently got lost in a state forest. Courpas, a software engineer who emigrated from Greece to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from Loyola College in Maryland, had been a hunter for several years and was out last weekend with Charles Lepovetski of Ranson, W.Va.
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By Heather Dewar and By Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2001
Deep in Savage River State Forest - a long scramble and slither from the nearest road - stands a forest so old that its giants were already standing tall at the start of the Civil War. Here, on a steep slope overlooking the ravine cut by the Savage River, black bears' trails ramble among towering red oaks, white oaks, maple and beech that ecologists say are at least 200 years old. The soft gray of the winter forest is hazed by the green of ancient, moss-covered...
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