A Message from the Secretary

June 2016

DNR Secretary Mark J. Belton on the rightFollowing the conclusion of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, where we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our county, we can finally say that the summer season is upon us (even though it is not technically summer until June 20).

Over the next three months, eager citizens and tourists alike will descend upon our state lands and waters – from the mountains of Garrett County to the beaches of Ocean City – for a little R&R, rest and recreation in our case.

That is why it is so fitting that Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month.

As part of a national program, organized by the American Recreation Coalition, Great Outdoors Month encourages people to get outside to celebrate the natural wonder and outdoor spirit. The hope is that we all will use this time to participate in the beauty and majesty found right outside our homes and offices. Here in Maryland, we have much to offer those eager adventure-seekers or begrudging participants:

  • The state will host free fishing days on June 4 and 11, where anyone can fish in state waters without a license or stamp.
  • On National Trails Day,  we will offer guided hikes and tours at many of our 72 state parks as well as dedicate a new 2.5 mile trail at Tuckahoe State Park
  • The department will join partners to celebrate the first annual Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week (June 4-12).
  • And our Wildlife and Heritage Service is organizing several Junior Hunter Fields Days across the state to introduce young people to conservation and outdoor recreation.

If you are an angler or hiker or hunter or trapper, get outside and enjoy the peace and freedom of the great outdoors!

DNR Secretary Belton's Signature

Mark Belton

Natural Resources Secretary