The Garrett County Republican
OAKLAND — Last month, as he does every March, Garrett County resident Harry Spiker checked on black bear sows and their cubs as they slept in their dens.
Spiker is a game mammal section leader for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He is also Maryland’s principal black bear biologist coordinating bear research and management activities statewide. Since he lives and works in Garrett County, he also helps with bear management and nuisance issues locally.
“We maintain a sample of radio-collared sows (female bears) to track population growth and the overall health of the bear population,” Spiker said. “We try to maintain approximately 20 bears with radios across the four western counties. Since bears give birth every other year, that usually has us working about 10 bear dens per year but there are fluctuations as some bears may die, move away, den in unreachable places, etc.”
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SWANTON, Md. (AP) — A homeowners group is asking the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to suspend a pending land purchase that would create more public access to the state’s largest lake.
The Cumberland Times-News reports that the Property Owner’s Association of Deep Creek Lake has asked the department hold off on the $1 million purchase until it addresses concerns about whether the site is appropriate for public access
Read More Here – http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2015/08/10/deep-creek-lake-residents-opposing-new-public-access-plan/
MCHENRY, Md. (AP) – Officials say the use of jetpacks has been restricted at Deep Creek Lake.
The Cumberland Times-News (http://bit.ly/1KghIFO) reports that Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board spokesman Bob Hoffmann says the devices can be used, but not on weekends or holidays during the summer season.
Jetpacks are backpacks that use water to thrust a wearer into the air.
Read More Here: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/29587189/restrictions-placed-on-use-of-jetpacks-at-deep-creek-lake
After a weekend in which three people died on Maryland waterways, the mission for the Maryland Natural Resources Police this July 4th holiday is simple: fewer boating accidents.
The game plan is direct: officers will be going all-out on the state’s waterways, from the Atlantic Ocean to Deep Creek Lake.
“Maryland has seen eight boating fatalities so far this season and that’s eight too many,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “Our officers will be aggressively targeting reckless and negligent boaters, and those whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs.”
Historically, more than half of Maryland’s annual total of boating accidents occur in July and August. Last year, Maryland recorded 130 boating accidents that killed 12 and injured 96.
As a dress rehearsal for July 4, NRP took part last weekend in Operation Dry Water, a nationwide campaign to curb alcohol- and drug-impaired boating.
Read More Here: http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2015/07/02/nrp-urges-safe-boating-during-busy-july-4th-holiday/#more-8804
Fun kicks off with National Trails Day June 6
June marks the last few weeks of school, the beginning of summer and the perfect time to get outside! The Department of Natural Resources makes celebrating Great Outdoors Month fun and easy with its network of beautiful state parks, a variety of educational programs and the AccessDNR mobile app.
From trekking the mountains of western Maryland, to swimming in Deep Creek Lake, to camping at Assateague Island, Maryland’s 66 State Parks offer recreation to satisfy all types of interests. And with the location-based AccessDNR app, users can easily discover and locate state parks, trails, boat launches and hunting lands, in relation to where they are.
For those in search of guided activities, DNR’s Calendar of Events lists a variety of scheduled opportunities including nature crafts, animal encounters, pontoon tours, educational hikes, stargazing, fishing trips and much more. Available throughout June, and all year long, most of these DNR-sponsored activities are extremely affordable, if not free. And don’t forget, June 6 and 13 (and July 4) are free fishing days in Maryland!
Read More Here: http://smnewsnet.com/archives/310696/celebrate-great-outdoors-month-with-dnr/
SWANTON, Md. (WJLA) – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to keep tabs on the state’s black bear population.
Each spring, agents fan out to find bear cubs and their mothers to tag them for future monitoring. On Wednesday, they were out near Deep Creek Lake.
Deep in a hole in a hillside along a cold mountain stream, a black bear gave birth. State biologists have been tracking the 12-year-old bear with a radio collar for years. On Wednesday, it was time to change her collar and check her cubs. Biologists say their greatest concern is keeping the cubs warm.
It took two to pull the 230-pound adult bear from her den, before a veterinarian checked her.
Read more: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2015/03/md-dept-of-natural-resources-tags-black-bears-112622.html#ixzz3VV5P41Nt
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the proposed 2016 fiscal year work plan for Potomac Garrett, Green Ridge, Savage River, Chesapeake and Pocomoke State Forests.
State forest annual work plans identify the work that is to be accomplished for the fiscal year within the scope of the forest’s long-range management plan. The plans address establishment, growth, composition, health, quality forest management operations, as well as maintenance and construction projects, and other required work.
Read More Here: http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2014/11/05/dnr-welcomes-public-input-on-state-forest-annual-work-plans-3/
Tuesday, August 26th
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Garrett County have partnered to develop a comprehensive watershed management plan for Deep Creek Lake. The Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan will serve as a comprehensive, best practices guide to ensure that one of Maryland’s most visited, revenue-generating sites is protected far into the future. In addition to protecting the lake’s sensitive natural resources, the plan will address water quality and recreational activities like swimming, fishing, boating and scenic viewing. For more information please visit the DNR Lake Management Plan website.
Read More here: http://www.garrettcounty.org/planning-land-development/deep-creek-lake-watershed-management-plan
July 28, 2014 6:49 AM
MCHENRY, Md. (AP) — A draft management plan for the Deep Creek Lake watershed seeks better coordination among government agencies and private parties whose interests converge at the western Maryland vacation destination.
The Department of Natural Resources and the Garrett County Commissioners released the plan Friday for public comment through Aug. 9.
It was developed by a local steering committee amid concerns that factors including residential development, natural-gas exploration, agricultural runoff and failing septic systems threaten the lake’s quality and recreational value.
The plan calls for the state and county to jointly develop an agency to coordinate activities within the watershed.
Read More Here: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2014/07/28/more-active-oversight-planned-for-deep-creek-lake/
In 2013, DNR biologists discovered hydrilla – an invasive weed known to impede recreational uses of waterways – in the southern portion of Deep Creek Lake. Hydrilla has not been found in the majority of the lake at this time. In response, DNR convened a nationwide expert panel to evaluate all potential Hydrilla control strategies, and found that the best, most effective action would be to treat the lake-bottom where Hydrilla has been found with small amounts of herbicide starting in late May and continuing through the summer. Exact dates will be posted prior to application. The amounts to be used have been proven harmless to humans, waterfowl and wildlife, and will have no restrictions for drinking, swimming and or eating fish post treatment at label application rates.
.pdf map of where hydrilla has been found at DCL.