Governor Hogan announces the creation of the Office of Outdoor Recreation and names J. Daryl Anthony to serve as executive director.
In a press release last Friday, Governor Larry Hogan announced the creation of the Office of Outdoor Recreation, a brand new office within the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The governor named J. Daryl Anthony, a 35-year DNR veteran and former assistant secretary, as the office’s new executive director
“‘One of our state’s hallmarks is the stewardship of our lands and waters by the Marylanders who love them, ‘said Governor Hogan. ‘Our sportsmen and women were among the first conservationists to support efforts to protect fish, wildlife, and their habitat. Today we are honoring this partnership for the outdoors while assuring that it continues to grow with the establishment of Maryland’s first Office of Outdoor Recreation'” (Press Release).
The office will work with government departments and other stakeholders to implement recommendations from the Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic Commission (MOREC). The creation of this office comes as outdoor recreation is becoming big business in Maryland, “The outdoor recreation industry is of growing economic importance in both urban and rural areas. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently reported that outdoor recreation makes up 2.2% of U.S. GDP, generating $778 billion in gross output and supporting 5.2 million jobs” (Press Release).