State Park Leaders Echo Concerns Presented by MACo and Others

At the latest hearing of the State Park Investment Commission, State Park Leaders voiced funding concerns and stressed the need for investment.  Echoing the testimony of local government officials in September, leaders of Maryland's state parks told the State Park Investment Commission about the dire need for investment. Currently, park rangers make just under $12 an hour, making retention a constant challenge. The pandemic has highlighted the need for outdoor recreational space and the value…

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Calvert Earns National Parks and Recreation Accreditation

Calvert County recently earned National Accreditation in Parks and Recreation. Calvert County's Department of Parks & Recreation recently received accreditation through the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). This prestigious accreditation is granted to first in class parks departments nationally. "'Achieving CAPRA accreditation is proof of Calvert County’s commitment to providing world-class parks, facilities, and programs to our residents,' said Board of County Commissioners President Earl F.…

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Delmarva Nonprofit Awarded $1.5M Conservation Grant

An Eastern Shore nonprofit was awarded $1.5M grant to help support Middle Chesapeake Sentinel Landscape Resilience project. The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) has recently been awarded a $1.5 million grant through the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) to help support the first phase of their Middle Chesapeake Sentinel Landscape Resilience project. Phase one of this project is aimed at protecting, "land within highly resilient marsh migration areas of Dorchester County, will ultimately protect…

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Hogan Announces Office of Outdoor Recreation

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…

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MACo & Others Testify On State Park Concerns

Yesterday, MACo, along with other local government leaders, testified before the State Park Investment Commission on a number of concerns facing state parks. Steven Miller, Director of Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism, noted that county parks saw a 33% increase in use while at the same time they experienced a 33% shortage in staffing. "'We get behind on routine tasks, the grass doesn’t stop growing,'...'At times, the level of service suffers and then we…

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Cecil Harvest Dinner Returns in 2021, Showcasing Agricultural Diversity

The Cecil Grown Harvest Dinner is set to be held at The Wellwood in Charlestown on Thursday, October 7.  Each fall, the Cecil County Office of Economic Development coordinates a dinner to celebrate and showcase the diversity of agriculture in the County. This year, the Cecil Grown Harvest Dinner will return for an in-person event to highlight local ingredients and support the County's farming community. According to a County press release: All are welcome to…

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Hogan Announces $16.8M to Advance 42 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

Hogan announced $16.8M in grants to support bicycle, pedestrian, and trail improvements through 42 projects across the state.   In Annapolis today, Governor Hogan announced $16.8M in grants to fund 42 projects with a focus on designing bike lanes, rebuilding trails, and improving multi-modal connectivity.   The funding package is composed of three main parts:   $12.4M in federal funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)  $1M through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)  $3.4M in state…

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Fun Fact: Go Chasing Waterfalls in These Counties

Maryland is home to several waterfalls, but Garrett and Frederick County have two that really make a splash. Courtesy MD DNR website At Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County, you can visit Muddy Creek Falls. This 53-foot-tall stunner is the highest free-falling waterfall in the state of Maryland and is surrounded by impressive hemlock trees that date back more than 300 years. Some well-known visitors include Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone who…

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Anne Arundel Offers $10K Small Business Grants

On Sept 20, Anne Arundel County plans to launch a Digital Services Grant for small businesses and nonprofits. In a move highlighting the importance of reliable broadband access in Maryland and beyond, AAEDC has created the Digital Services Grant program using $500,000 that the state has set aside in American Recovery Act funds. Under the new program, brick and mortar small businesses and nonprofits can apply for up to $10,000 which can be used toward…

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Ida Leaves Mark on the Bay 

Even though Hurricane Ida has passed, it is still impacting the Chesapeake Bay.   The Susquehanna River, which runs from upstate New York and through a large section of Pennsylvania, is the largest source of freshwater for the Bay. The increased level of rain and runoff as a result of Ida means that there is currently a larger volume of highly polluted water pouring into this waterway.   Upstream, Ida’s impact has resulted in localized flooding…

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