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Maryland Department of Natural Resources - June 2013
Secretary Joseph P. Gill      
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From the desk of...
Secretary Joseph P. Gill

 Dear Friends,

I am honored to introduce myself as the new Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Following in the celebrated footsteps of John Griffin --- who is now serving as Governor O'Malley's Chief of Staff --- is a tall order, but a challenge that I am thrilled to embrace.

After 14 years as the department's chief legal counsel, and 3 years as Deputy Secretary, I am looking forward to working with our team of exceptional employees as well as with you, the customers and stakeholders who share our mission to restore, protect and conserve our natural and living resources.  Like many people, I came to a deeper appreciation of the abiding beauty of our landscapes and ecosystems later in life.  As a young boy growing up in Buffalo, New York, I spent most of the year outside, playing in a local park (designed by Frederick Olmstead), swimming at public beaches while my father fished, walking, running and cycling. Later in college, with an eagle scout roommate also named Joe, I began camping, which I continued in our Maryland state parks after attending law school, and, later in life, at parks in other states.  Along the way I picked up a few kayaks and an appetite for visiting Maryland's best, remaining natural areas.  

Through the years I learned that the natural resources I came to enjoy are there because of the wisdom of those who, walking before me, chose to acquire, protect, and preserve them.  I pledge to add to their legacy, with the help of an excellent team of public servants at the Department, and with your help, too.
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Secretary Gill sworn in by Governor O'Malley. Joe Gill Sworn in as DNR Secretary
On May 21, Joseph P. Gill was officially sworn in by Governor Martin O'Malley as the 8th Secretary of DNR (Outgoing Secretary John R. Griffin held the position twice), following Governor O'Malley's appointment of Griffin as Chief of Staff in April.

Outgoing Secretary Griffin Receives Sportsmen's Award 
Oyster project. Landmark Oyster Restoration Project Moves Forward 
On May 29, Governor Martin O'Malley and the Board of Public Works approved a wetlands license to support a landmark oyster restoration project in the Chesapeake Bay. The $31 million project will ultimately restore 371 acres of oyster bars along the bottom of Harris Creek in Talbot County. Since Governor O'Malley's 10-point Oyster Restoration and Aquaculture Development Plan was adopted in 2009, the State of Maryland has significantly increased its network of oyster sanctuaries --- from 9% to 24% of remaining quality habitat.
Signing hunting legislation.
Governor Expands Hunting Opportunities; Forest Cover Commitment
In May, Governor O'Malley signed into law legislation to expand Sunday hunting opportunities in Carroll, Dorchester and Queen Anne's counties. "Hunters contribute to our economy and conservation efforts in myriad ways. I am very pleased that this year, working with members of the General Assembly, we are able to expand opportunities for families to enjoy the sights, sounds and excitement that come with days afield," said Governor O'Malley.

Governor O'Malley also signed landmark forest legislation to maintain Maryland's current 40 percent tree canopy --- a no net loss. This first-of-its-kind law requires State Forests to gain dual sustainability certification, and extends tax benefits to citizens who increase tree cover on their properties.

Department of Defense Joins Coastal Resources Protection Efforts
Celebrating Green Schools. Governor and Students Celebrate Green Schools 
On May 31, Governor O'Malley joined 1,200 students, teachers and administrators at the Maryland Green Schools Summit, an annual event to celebrate the State's green schools and showcase hands on environmental learning and restoration activities conducted by students throughout the year. The event and the green schools program are sponsored by the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators, key members of Governor O'Malley's Partnership for Children in Nature. Today 425 Maryland Schools are certified Green.  
Maryland Outdoors Days Celebrate Maryland Outdoors Days
The Partnership for Children in Nature presents the second annual Celebrate Maryland Outdoors Days. From Great Outdoors Day on June 8 to the Great American Backyard Campout on June 22, and every day in between, families are encouraged to get out and explore their natural world. Unique --- and often free --- events are scheduled at many locations across the State.

Fort Frederick to Hold Junior Ranger Program

Washington Monument State Park Museum Celebrates Grand Opening
Enter the What is Water Safety Video Contest. Enter the What is Water Safety? Video Contest 
Together with the Natural Resources Police and West Marine BoatUS, DNR presents the first annual What is Water Safety? video contest! Water lovers and aspiring moviemakers have until the end of August to enter a creative, family-friendly 3-minute video showing how to be safe on the water. Prizes for the top three videos include a paddleboard, a bundle of life jackets and a park passport.
Diamond Jim tagged. Wanted: Diamond Jim
With a bounty of $10,000, Diamond Jim has been released into the Chesapeake Bay along with dozens of imposter Rockfish as part of the 9th annual Maryland Fishing Challenge. The longer he is on the loose, the higher the reward. Explore all the Challenge components and plan to attend the fish challenge finale at the Maryland Seafood Festival on September 7 at Sandy Point State Park.
Apply for camp 2013! Spots Still Open for Natural Resources Careers Camp
High school students may still apply for the 2013 Natural Resources Careers Camp, held from July 21-27 in Garrett County. Participants will learn from field professionals, engage in hands-on activities, become eligible for college scholarships, earn college credit and more. Don't wait --- applicants are interviewed and accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Amphibians. Help Compile Amphibian and Reptile Atlas
Join DNR and the Maryland Natural History Society in documenting all the amphibians and reptiles in the State! Through December 2014, volunteers will survey a region of their choice for frogs, toads, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes. The resulting Atlas will support future research, conservation and protection endeavors.

National Aquarium to Host Growing Up WILD Workshop

Keep Fawns Wild
MET awards annual grants.
MET Awards Annual Grants, Recognizes Leaders and Volunteers
Through the Keep Maryland Beautiful and Jan Hollmann programs, the Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) granted $34,054 to school groups and land trusts for State health, beautification and stewardship projects. In recognition of all they do to preserve important landscapes and treasured resources, MET also honored this year's top conservation leaders, as well as the many volunteers who make their success possible.
Bus Tour Showcases Chester River Restoration. Bus Tour Showcases Chester River Restoration
State and county representatives, citizens and neighboring watershed groups recently toured the Chester River, receiving an update on the progress of ongoing restoration projects. Since 2010, the Middle Chester Partnership has incorporated a switchgrass buffer to serve as future source of biofuel energy, precision farming to cut back on nitrogen use, new septic systems to reduce run-off and more.

Visit DNR's Farmer's Market
Buy Local Produce at DNR in Annapolis
The DNR-hosted Anne Arundel County Farmers' Market has returned! From 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through September 5, fresh fruits, vegetables and homemade goodies will be available in the Tawes State Office Building lot at 580 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis. New offerings include meat, wine and ice-pops. Remember, shopping locally lowers packaging and fuel costs, protects farmland, supports small businesses, and keeps money circulating within Maryland.

Martin O'Malley, Governor -  Anthony G. Brown, Lt. Governor