AccessDNR February 2019 – Maryland Department of Natural Resources

[Sound of people walking in the woods] Hello and welcome to AccessDNR, the monthly
video newsletter from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. In this episode, we hike in the New Year,
improve water access, kick off our photo contest, and invite you all to join us once again here
at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center! I’m Gregg Bortz – your host for this edition
of AccessDNR! [AccessDNR Theme Music] We begin this episode by thanking all of those
who joined us on New Year’s Day for a First Day Hike. Each year, parks across the state host a series
of guided and unguided hikes as part of a national campaign to encourage healthy recreation
and increased connections with our natural world. This year’s mild weather served as a pleasant
backdrop to more than 3,700 hikers – nearly triple the numbers from 2018. If you didn’t get out, don’t worry, Maryland
is home to 75 spectacular state parks with more than 950 miles of trails to explore – all
of which are open to the public 365 days a year – weather permitting. In other news – We check in with ongoing
projects designed to improve water access and recreation in Calvert, Prince George’s
and Wicomico counties. Boaters will soon enjoy improved launching
facilities at Solomons Island, Selby’s Landing and Mardela Springs. The projects aim to completely renovate old
ramps and even provide a bit of improved access with new boarding piers and kayak launches
at Solomons Island and Mardela Springs. Funding for these efforts comes from federal
Sport Fish Restoration Program Boating Access grants as well as the state’s Waterway Improvement
Fund. The department hopes to finish all construction
and have those facilities fully operational by April or May. Next up – We invite you all to join us in
celebrating Black History Month here at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State
Park and Visitor Center – one of our state’s most inspiring destinations. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout
February, Staff and Partners will provide evocative and immersive experiences for guests
of all ages. Midweek visitors can enjoy self-guided tours
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Check out the park’s website or our interactive
calendar for more information! And lastly, we’re excited to announce that
our annual photo contest is now accepting entries. Open to amateurs and professionals alike,
the contest seeks images that capture the beauty and wonder of Maryland’s natural
world. Winter shots are always in very short supply
so bundle up and get outside! Winning shots are featured in our annual wall
calendar as well as our seasonal magazine. Both of which are available for purchase now
at Check out our website for full details and
contest rules. Well that’s a wrap for this month. For the latest news and programs, please follow
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family and friends. I’m Gregg Bortz, thank you for joining us – we’ll
see you next month on AccessDNR!

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