About the Department of Natural Resources

Vision Statement

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In a sustainable Maryland, we recognize that the health of our society and our economy are dependent on the health of our environment. Therefore, we choose to act both collectively and individually to preserve, protect, restore, and enhance our environment for this and future generations.

Mission Statement

The Department of Natural Resources leads Maryland in securing a sustainable future for our environment, society, and economy by preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the State’s natural resources.


  • Sustainable Populations of Living Resources and Aquatic Habitat
  • Healthy Maryland Watershed Lands, Streams and Non-Tidal Rivers
  • Natural Resources Stewardship Opportunities for Maryland’s Urban and Rural Citizens
  • Conserved and Managed Statewide Network of Ecologically Valuable Private and Public Lands
  • Diverse Outdoor Recreation Opportunities for Maryland Citizens and Visitors
  • Diverse Workforce and Efficient Operations ​

Senior Staff

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Annual Report

Message from the Secretary

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