DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

DEFUNCT AGENCIES


ADMINISTRATION & SUPPORT
Under Chesapeake and Coastal Service, restructured as Budget and Management Services in July 2014.

ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT & SPECIAL OPERATIONS
Under Office of Employment Services, reorganized in 1997 as Management Support and Special Programs Team.

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES BUREAU
Under Natural Resources Police Force, renamed Support Services Bureau in April 2003.

ADVOCACY TEAM
Disbanded in Fall 1999.

APPEALS DIVISION
Under Board of Appeals, reorganized as Lower Appeals Division in Oct. 1999.

APPLICATION SERVICE
Under Information Technology and Licensing, functions dispersed to Applications and Web Services, and to License Systems in May 2006.

AQUACULTURE & PERMITTING DIVISION
Under Fisheries Service, renamed Aquaculture Division in Aug. 2012.

AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES WORK GROUP
Staff: Bruce D. Michael (410) 260-8627; e-mail:
bruce.michael@maryland.gov
web: http://dnr.maryland.gov/bay/ais/index.htm

Bruce D. Michael, Chair
Mathew J. Ashton; Barbar Beelar; Julie K. Bortz; Gary S. Burnett; Elliott T. Campbell; Lisa A. Eutsler; Carol Jacobs; Kelley J. Johnson; Jay V. Kilian; Mark J. Lewandowski; Joseph W. Love; Jonathan A. McKnight; Seth M. Metheny; Sarah J. Milbourne; Donna Morrow; Michael D. Naylor; Eric R. Null; Dana M. Stein; Mark C. Talty; Jennifer L. Wazenski.

In Oct. 2015, Aquatic Invasive Species Work Group was authorized (Chapter 461, Acts of 2015). Work Group evaluated and made recommendations to reduce spread of aquatic invasive species in lakes that are owned or managed by State. Vessels brought to such lakes may spread aquatic invasive species if they have not been properly cleaned.

In Dec. 2015, Work Group reported its findings to Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, and House Environment and Transportation Committee. Report included a plan to implement its recommendations by July 1, 2016.

ASSET MANAGEMENT
Under Land and Water Conservation, functions transferred to Office of Development under Office of Secretary in March 2006.

AVIATION SECTION
Under Natural Resources Police Force, ceased operations in July 2009 due to budgetary constraints.

BLACK BEAR TASK FORCE
Staff: Robert A. Beyer (410) 260-8535

Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources:
Thomas Mathews, Chair (chosen by Task Force)
Ronald Barry, Ph.D.; George Falter; Brad Frantz; Gary E. Fratz; Jessica Fritz; Peggy Gosnell; John Hadidian; Brooks Hamilton; Michael Markarian; Nancy Railey; Thomas Rooney; Jerry Zembower.

In Jan. 2002, Secretary of Natural Resources convened Black Bear Task Force to develop a new Black Bear Management Plan for Maryland.

In Feb. 2003, Task Force completed its work.

BLACKWATER RESORT COMMUNITIES PANEL
Staff: Mary R. Owens (410) 260-3480; e-mail: mowens@dnr.state.md.us

Under Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, Panel began meeting in June 2006 to consider amendments to local critical area plan proposed for building Blackwater Resort Communities in Dorchester County.

Panel submitted its findings to Commission on Oct. 4, 2006.

BOATING ADMINISTRATION
In 1988, Boating Administration was established, and in 1992 it moved under Resource Management. Administration was responsible for Administration; Waterway Improvement; Planning and Policy; Shore Erosion Control; and Ocean City Beach Replenishment and Hurricane Protection.

Abolished in 1995, its functions dispersed to Land and Water Conservation Service, Licensing and Registration Service, and Natural Resources Police Force.

BOATING FACILITY & ACCESS PLANNING
Under Boating Services, restructured as Clean Waterways, Facilities, and Regulation in July 2013.

CAPITAL GRANTS & LOANS
Under Land Resources, combined with Public Lands Policy and Planning to form Land Acquisition and Planning in Aug. 2007.

CAPITAL GRANTS & LOANS ADMINISTRATION
With components from Public Lands, restructured as Land and Water Conservation in Aug. 2003.

CHESAPEAKE & COASTAL PROGRAMS
Under Chesapeake and Coastal Service.

CHESAPEAKE & COASTAL WATERSHED SERVICE
Under Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Programs, combined with Education, Bay Policy, and Growth Management to form Watershed Services in Aug. 2003.

CHESAPEAKE & COASTAL WATERSHED SERVICES
Under Aquatic Resources, restructured as Chesapeake and Coastal Service in Oct. 2011.

CHESAPEAKE BAY & WATERSHED PROGRAMS
Reformed as Chesapeake Bay Programs in Aug. 2003.

CHESAPEAKE BAY CRITICAL AREA COMMISSION
Renamed Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, effective June 1, 2002 (Chapter 433, Acts of 2002).

CHESAPEAKE BAY POLICY COORDINATION
In Sept. 2003, functions absorbed by Chesapeake Bay Program Division.

CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM DIVISION
Under Watershed Services, functions dispersed to Chesapeake and Coastal Programs and Community, and Local Government Services in May 2007.

CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAMS
In May 2007, restructured as Aquatic Resources.

CHESAPEAKE FOREST CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Staff: John F. Wilson (410) 260-8412; e-mail: jfwilson@dnr.state.md.us

Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources: Peter Alexander; Russell B. Brinsfield; Natalie Chabot; Annette Cottman; Sandy Coyman; Cecelia G. Dennis; Steven C. Goss; Jan Graham; Skip Jones; Ellen M. Lawler, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Leitner; Lori Lilly; J. Lowell Stoltzfus; Keith Underwood.

In May 2002, Secretary of Natural Resources formed Chesapeake Forest Citizens Advisory Committee. Committee assisted Department in developing a long-term management plan for Chesapeake Forest Lands. Acquired by State in 1999, these lands consist of more than 58,000 acres in five lower Eastern Shore counties, previously owned and harvested by Chesapeake Forest Products Company. For Chesapeake Forest Lands, Committee served as a public forum and reviewed forest management plans.

Committee members represented government and elected officials, business, landowners, environmentalists, sportsmen, and those interested in recreational potential of land.

Last met in Jan. 2005.

COASTAL & ESTUARINE GEOLOGY PROJECT
Under Maryland Geological Survey, combined with Environmental Geology and Mineral Resources Project to form Coastal and Environmental Geology Project in Sept. 2007.

COASTAL & OCEAN POLICY
Under Chesapeake and Coastal Service.

COASTAL BAYS AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT WORK GROUP
Michael P. Luisi, Coordinator (410) 260-8341; e-mail:
mluisi@dnr.state.md.us
web: www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/coastal/mtgs/aquaculture/aquaculturewg.html

Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources: David Barnes; Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio; Budd Heim; James Matthias, Jr.; Jim Perdue; Kathlyn B. Phillips; Rick Savage; Virgil L. Shockley; Donald W. Webster; David Wilson.

In May 2008, Secretary of Natural Resources convened Coastal Bays Aquaculture Development Work Group. Work Group was to develop recommendations concerning potential for aquaculture in Maryland's coastal bays. It was to identify obstacles to aquaculture operations in coastal bays; examine economic benefits of aquaculture business; and formulate strategies to minimize conflict among users of coastal bays.

Work Group discussed many options for aquaculture. It last met in Oct. 2008.

COASTAL BAYS FISHERY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Under Fisheries Service, renamed Coastal Fisheries Advisory Committee in 1999.

COASTAL FISHERIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Angel L. Willey, Coordinator (410) 643-4601, ext. 2101; e-mail:
angel.willey@maryland.gov

Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources to 3-year terms:
Roman Jesien, Chair (chosen by Committee)
Robert W. Abele; Lisa Challenger; Donald Flax; Susan Foster; Tony Friedrich; Monty Hawkins; Lloyd R. Ingerson; Edward Lynch, Jr.; Eric B. May, Ph.D.; Brian Mayer; Richard Nieman; Joseph O'Hara; Brian Sturgis; one vacancy.

In Sept. 1999, Coastal Fisheries Advisory Committee started as Coastal Bays Fishery Advisory Committee within Department of Natural Resources. Formerly under Legislation, Regulation and Habitat Division of Fisheries Service, Committee was renamed Coastal Fisheries Advisory Committee and transferred to Estuarine and Marine Fisheries Division.

Committee advised Department of Natural Resources on implementation of Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for Maryland's coastal bays.

Committee last met in Oct. 2013.

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
Origins of Coastal Zone Management Division stem from Coastal Zone Management Program which began in 1973 when Governor designated Department of Natural Resources to receive and administer federal grants pursuant to federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972. Program was assigned first to Water Resources Administration and, by 1977, transferred to Energy and Coastal Zone Administration. By Executive Order in 1978, Governor declared Coastal Zone Management Program to be State policy for activities in Maryland coastal areas. In 1979, Program became part of Tidewater Administration (Chapter 601, Acts of 1979). Within Administration, Program was overseen by Coastal Resources Division, which merged with Watershed and Growth Management Division to form Coastal and Watershed Resources Division in 1992. In 1995, Program was placed under Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed Service and renamed Coastal Zone Managment Division. In Sept. 2003, it became part of Watershed Services.

Five programs comprised Division: Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve System - Maryland; Coastal Bays National Estuary; Coastal Zone Management; NonPoint Source; and Program Coordination.

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING DIVISION
Under Fisheries Service, renamed Communications and Outreach Division in Aug. 2012.

COMMUNITY & LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES
In May 2007, Community and Local Government Services formed under Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed Services with some functions formerly overseen by Chesapeake Bay Program Division and Coastal Zone Management Division. In October 2011, it transferred to Chesapeake and Coastal Service.

COMMUNITY & LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES
Under Chesapeake and Coastal Service.

CONSERVATION & LAND MANAGEMENT
Reorganized as Land and Water Conservation in Feb. 2006.

CONSERVATION EDUCATION
In Sept. 2003, became part of Watershed Stewardship under Chesapeake Bay Program Division.

COUNCIL ON ECOSYSTEM PLANNING & EVALUATION
Disbanded in Sept. 1999.

COUNCIL ON QUALITY & ORGANIZATIONAL INNOVATION
Disbanded in Fall 1999.

DEVELOPMENT & FEDERAL RELATIONS
Established in May 2006; abolished in May 2007.

EARTH SCIENCE INFORMATION CENTER
Formed in 1982 as Maryland's affiliate of Earth Science Information Center Program of U.S. Geological Survey, Earth Science Information Center developed and made available Maryland geologic information.

Phased out in March 2005.

ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION SERVICES
Under Chesapeake and Coastal Service.

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES WORKING GROUP
Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources:
Joseph P. Gill, Chair (410) 260-8102
Daniel M. Baldwin; John Campagna; Denise Clearwater; Christine Conn; Marianne E. Dise; Renee Fizer; David M. Goshorn, Ph.D.; George Kelly; Douglas Lashley; Marya Levelev; Sean P. McGuire; Dominick E. Murray; Daniel Nees; Kelly Neff; Mary R. Owens; Susan Payne; John C. Rhoderick; Daniel Rosen.

In Aug. 2010, Department established Ecosystem Services Working Group, as recommended by Maryland Green Jobs and Industry Task Force. Working Group was charged with assessing status of ecosystem markets in State and making recommendations for using them more effectively.

Working Group issued an interim report in Jan. 2011, and its final report in Oct. 2011.

EDUCATION, BAY POLICY, & GROWTH MANAGEMENT
Under Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Programs, combined with Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed Service to form Watershed Services in Aug. 2003.

EDUCATION & CHILDREN IN NATURE MATRIX TEAM
Under Office of Secretary, restructured as Conservation Education Matrix Team.

EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT & PARKSTAT
Under Maryland Park Service, restructured as Administration in Jan. 2013.

ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
Under Property Management and Enterprise Development, reorganized as Asset Management in July 2005.

ENTERPRISE SERVICES
Under Information Technology and Licensing, functions transferred to Applications and Web Services, and Information Technology Infrastructure Services in May 2006.

ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN
Environmental Design began in 1997 when Growth Management Program merged with Resource Economics Program to create Growth and Resource Conservation under Education, Bay Policy, and Growth Management. In Oct. 2002, Growth and Resource Conservation reformed as Environmental Design.

Growth Management Program. This program was started in 1992 to coordinate Department responsibilities under Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act (Chapter 437, Acts of 1992). Program helped public and private entities plan for and manage adverse environmental effects of land development, population growth, and economic expansion.

As State government agencies acquired land and undertook capital projects, Program helped them develop and implement guidelines to protect environmentally sensitive areas. For local governments, Program provided technical, educational and financial aid to prepare comprehensive plans and development ordinances.

Resource Economics Program. Created in 1995, Program applied economic principles to Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection programs. These principles included risk assessment, cost and benefits analysis, resource valuation, and regional impact evaluations. By demonstrating to business and developers financial benefits of sustaining Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, Program induced voluntary participation rather than regulatory control to change business practices that harm Bay.

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY & MINERAL RESOURCES PROJECT
Under Maryland Geological Survey, combined with Coastal and Estuarine Geology Project to form Coastal and Environmental Geology Project in Sept. 2007.

FOREST ADVISORY COMMISSION
Staff: Pamela P. Cressman (410) 260-8515

Appointed by Governor with advice of Secretary of Natural Resources:
John E. Brodie, Chair (chosen by Commission)
John M. Forman; Margaret S. Mallino; Elner W. Prater; Gene M. Ransom III, Esq.; Susan Kay Reinhart; Laurence Sharpe; Margaret P. Wright; one vacancy.

Formerly Forest and Park Advisory Commission, Forest Advisory Commission was created in 1988 (Chapter 178, Acts of 1988). Commission's nine members were appointed by Governor with advice of Secretary of Natural Resources (Code Natural Resources Article, sec. 5-204).

Last met on Oct. 25, 1999. Abolished in Oct. 2009 (Chapter 175, Acts of 2009).

FOREST, WILDLIFE & HERITAGE SERVICE
Under Resource Management Service, functions divided in Oct. 2001. Two separate units formed as Forest Service, and Wildlife and Heritage Service.

FOREST ECOSYSTEMS PLANNING & ANALYSIS
Under Forest Service.

FOREST MARKETING & UTILIZATION
Under Forest Service, combined with Forest Stewardship Program to form Forest Stewardship and Utilization in July 2008.

FOREST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Under Forest Service, combined with Forest Marketing and Utilization to form Forest Stewardship and Utilization in July 2008.

FORESTS, PARKS, FISH & WILDLIFE
Reorganized as Resource Conservation in Feb. 2006.

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SERVICES DIVISION
Under Watershed Services, renamed Watershed Information Services in Sept. 2003.

GROWTH & RESOURCE CONSERVATION
Under Education, Bay Policy, and Growth Management, renamed Environmental Design in Oct. 2002.

HABITAT CONSERVATION
Under Wildlife and Heritage Service, functions incorporated into Natural Heritage in Oct. 2010.

INDEPENDENT ADVISORY PANEL FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT TO EVALUATE OYSTER RESTORATION ALTERNATIVES
Staff: Thomas J. O'Connell (410) 260-8281; e-mail:
toconnell@dnr.state.md.us

Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources:
Brian J. Rothshild, Ph.D., Chair
James L. Anderson, Ph.D.; Mark Berrigan; Maurice Heral, Ph.D.; Roger L. Mann, Ph.D.; Eric N. Powell, Ph.D.; Michael R. Roman, Ph.D.

Secretary of Natural Resources created Independent Advisory Panel for the Environmental Impact Statement to Evaluate Oyster Restoration Alternatives in Nov. 2004. Because oyster is critical to future of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland already had partnered with Virginia and federal agencies to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement that evaluates environmental, social and economic issues for alternatives to oyster restoration. One alternative is introducing a non-native oyster into Bay.

In March 2005, a preliminary report was to be issued on research and risk assessments done for Environmental Impact Statement, but more time was needed for research and timeline was extended indefinitely. Panel provided objective scientific review of that research and determine whether sufficient research has been done to make an informed decision about future of oysters in Chesapeake Bay.

Panel last met in Aug. 2008, and Panel's final recommendations were submitted on Sept. 19, 2008. In Oct. 2008, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, released Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Oyster Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.

INFORMATION & EDUCATION
Under Wildlife and Heritage Service, functions incorporated into Regional Operations in Feb. 2011.

INFORMATION SERVICES
Under Administration, its functions moved in 1997 to Information Technology within Office of Secretary.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & LICENSING
In May 2007, two functions again became separate units.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICE
In Feb. 2006, reorganized as Information Technology and Licensing.

INLAND FISHERIES MANAGEMENT DIVISION
Under Fisheries Service, renamed Inland Fisheries Division in Aug. 2012.

LAND & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
In January 2004, Land and Property Management was established under Land and Water Conservation to coordinate real estate transactions, such as leases, deeds of easement, rights of entry, use agreements, license agreements, life licences, interagency agreements, and any other type of agreement or conveyance into which the Department might enter.

Under Land Acquisition and Planning, functions absorbed by Real Property in 2009.

LAND & WATER CONSERVATION
In Aug. 2004, restructured as Property Management and Enterprise Activities.

LAND & WATER CONSERVATION SERVICE
In July 2000, reorganized as Capital Grants and Loans Administration with certain functions retained by Public Lands.

LANDSCAPE & WATERSHED ANALYSIS DIVISION
Functions of Landscape and Watershed Analysis Division began with Coastal and Watershed Resources under Tidewater Administration. Within Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed Service, Watershed Management and Analysis Division formed in 1995. As Landscape and Watershed Analysis Division, it became part of Watershed Services in Sept. 2003.

Division identified sources of nonpoint pollution throughout State as a key element of Maryland's restoration of Chesapeake Bay. Division also evaluated efforts at and defined options for cost-effective control of nonpoint source pollution.

To protect Chesapeake Bay and its watersheds, Division provided technical and analytical expertise to agencies and organizations concerned with watershed management and resource protection. Through research and technical analysis, Division evaluated water quality statewide, focusing on trends that affect Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Division also coordinated its work with other State agencies, neighboring states, and federal government.

Division worked through three programs: Landscape Analysis; Management Studies; and Watershed Analysis.

LEGISLATION, REGULATION & HABITAT DIVISION
Under Fisheries Service, renamed Policy and Planning Division in Aug. 2012.

LEGISLATION, REGULATION, & OUTREACH
Under Fisheries Service, renamed Policy and Fisheries Development Division in July 2000.

LICENSE SYSTEMS PROGRAM OFFICE
Under Information Technology, renamed Licensing and Registration Technology Solutions in Nov. 2007.

MAINTENANCE
Under Maryland Park Service, renamed Capital Projects and Critical Maintenance in Jan. 2013.

MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS & AUDITING
Under Management Service, reorganized in Oct. 2001 as Audit Management and Review.

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SERVICE
Under Administration, its functions moved to Information Technology Service within Office of Secretary in 1997. Renamed Information Technology Application Service Dec. 1, 2000.

MANAGEMENT SERVICES
In May 2007, restructured as Mission Support.

MARICULTURE, ESTUARINE & MARINE HATCHERIES DIVISION
Under Fisheries Service, reorganized as Estuarine and Marine Fisheries Division in April 2004.

MARYLAND CIVIC JUSTICE CORPS
Under Maryland Park Service, renamed Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps in Nov. 2009.

MARYLAND CONSERVATION CORPS & INTERPRETATION
Under Maryland Park Service, functions dispersed to Superintendent and Planning in July 2013.

MARYLAND GREENPRINT PROGRAM
Created in July 2001, Maryland GreenPrint Program's purpose was to create a statewide green infrastructure network by acquiring property and easements complementary to existing programs, such as Program Open Space, Rural Legacy Program, and Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Program.

Authorization for Program expired June 30, 2006 (Chapter 570, Acts of 2001).

MARYLAND MUTE SWAN TASK FORCE
Edith Thompson, Facilitator (410) 260-8555
Larry J. Hindman, Technical Advisor (410) 827-8612

Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources: Carol Jane Baker; Eirik A. Blom; Glenn Carowan; Bob Ferris; Susan Hagood; Handel Hutchinson; Donna L. Judge; E. Joseph Lamp, Ph.D.; Kent Mountford, Ph.D.; Roger E. Olson, D.V.M.; Matthew C. Perry, Ph.D.; Michael H. Weir; Phillip R. Wills III.

Ex officio: Migratory Waterfowl Advisory Committee

At request of Governor, Secretary of Natural Resources with Migratory Waterfowl Advisory Committee formed Maryland Mute Swan Task Force in late 1998. In its final report of Jan. 2001, the Task Force recommended ways of managing mute swans (an exotic, non-native species in Maryland). Burgeoning mute swan population may damage submerged aquatic vegetation and compete for habitat with threatened species of native water birds.

MARYLAND OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION COORDINATING COUNCIL
Reconstituted as State Workforce Information Committee in 1999.

MARYLAND SNAKEHEAD FISH SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY PANEL
Staff: Robert S. (Steve) Early (410) 260-8267

Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources:
Donald F. Boesch, Ph.D., Chair
Walter R. Courtenay, Jr., Ph.D.; Mary Fischbach; John Galvez, Ph.D.; William J. Goldsborough; James W. Gracie; Robert Hilderbrand, Ph.D.; Paul T. Jacobson, Ph.D.; Andrew M. Lazur, Ph.D.; Catherine Martin; Carys L. Mitchelmore, Ph.D.; David H. Secor, Ph.D.; Paul Shafland; Robert S. Summers, Ph.D.

Secretary of Natural Resources convened Maryland Snakehead Fish Scientific Advisory Panel in July 2002 to advise on options for eliminating northern snakehead in Maryland. A non-native invasive species, fish was found in a pond in Crofton, Anne Arundel County, in May 2002. Its predatory habits made it a threat to native fish species.

In July 2002, Panel reported to Secretary of Natural Resources. Panel assessed what risk northern snakehead fish posed to Maryland species; evaluated (for probability of success & environmental impact) options for eradicating fish from Crofton pond; and recommended what action Department should take. To prevent introduction of other potentially invasive non-native species into Maryland waters, Panel also evaluated policy and regulatory options and made recommendations for legislation by Sept. 1, 2002. While Department implemented its control strategies for northern snakehead fish, Panel remained available for further advice.

On Aug. 18, 2002, State wildlife biologists began applying herbicides to eradicate northern snakeheads in Crofton ponds. Then rotenone was used, followed by electroshock treatment, and a neutralizing agent. By Sept. 17, 2002, all snakeheads were believed to be dead, but Department plans further monitoring.

MIGRATORY WATERFOWL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Renamed Migratory Game Bird Advisory Committee effective Aug. 1, 2002 (Chapter 177, Acts of 2002).

MISSION SUPPORT & SUSTAINABILITY
Under Maryland Park Service, restructured as Support Services in Jan. 2013.

MUTE SWAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources:
Jonathan A. McKnight, Chair
Christopher D. Dollar; John W. Grandy, Ph.D.; J. Christopher Haney, Ph.D.; W. Ladd Johnson; Lee Karrh; E. Joseph Lamp, Ph.D.; Kirk Mantay; Larry McGowan; Kent Mountford, Ph.D.; Matthew C. Perry, Ph.D.; Gerald W. Winegrad.

Mute Swan Advisory Committee was convened by Secretary of Natural Resources in Feb. 2009 to provide guidance to Department in updating its mute swan management plan. Since implementation of that plan in 2003, population of non-native mute swans has declined significantly. Committee advised on an appropriate management strategy for long-term protection of Chesapeake Bay.

NATURAL RESOURCES INFORMATION SERVICES
Under Chesapeake and Coastal Service.

OFFICE FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Created in Aug. 2007 as Office of Sustainability, became Office for Sustainable Future in Oct. 2007. Office was responsible for Department's long-range strategic planning, and BayStat and StateStat components. To ensure that policies and programs used practices of long-term sustainability, Office also collaborated on issues, such as climate change, green infrastructure, Smart Growth, and resource targeting, which affect Department programs. Office staff gathered information, analyzed trends, developed plans, coordinated actions, and measured results with BayStat and StateStat.

Abolished in June 2013; some functions transferred to Integrated Policy and Review Unit.

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
Renamed Office of Communications in Aug. 2007.

OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT
Under Office of Secretary, restructured as Development and Federal Relations in May 2006.

OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Under Natural Resources Police Force, reorganized as Office of Administrative Services in April 2003.

OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY
Under Office of Secretary, renamed Office for a Sustainable Future in Oct. 2007.

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT DIVISION
Under Watershed Management, restructured as Administration and Support in July 2007.

PLANNING
Under Land Acquisition and Planning, Functions assumed by Real Property in 2009.

POLICY & FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
Under Fisheries Service, reorganized as Policy and Regulatory Division in April 2004.

POLICY & REGULATORY DIVISION
Under Fisheries Service, reorganized as Legislation, Regulation and Habitat Division in 2010.

POLICY COORDINATION
Position of Assistant Secretary for Policy Coordination ended in 1998.

PROPERTY CONTROL
Began as Mapping and Property Research and became Property Control under Resource Planning in Jan. 2002.

Under Land Acquisition and Planning, functions transferred to Real Property in 2009.

PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
Renamed Office of Communications and Marketing in Aug. 2003.

PUBLIC LANDS
Disbanded in Aug. 2003; units dispersed to Forests, Parks, Fish and Wildlife; Land and Water Conservation; and Management Services.

PUBLIC LANDS POLICY & PLANNING
Under Land Resources, combined with Capital Grants and Loans to form Land Acquisition and Planning in Aug. 2007.

REGIONAL CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM
In Sept. 2003, functions transferred to Subcommittee Coordination under Chesapeake Bay Program Division.

REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION TEAMS
Under Office of Secretary, last met in 2000.

REGIONAL PLANNING
Under Land Acquisition and Planning, some functions transferred to Stewardship in 2009.

RESEARCH VESSEL DISCOVERY
Renamed Research Vessel Kerhin on Aug. 24, 1999, in memory of Randall T. Kerhin, a former geologist with the Maryland Geological Survey.

RESOURCE CONSERVATION
Forests, Parks, Fish and Wildlife organized in 1992 as Resource Management and reformed as Resource Management Service in 1995. It became Forests, Parks, Fish and Wildlife in Aug. 2003, and reorganized as Resource Conservation in Feb. 2006.

Resource Conservation was responsible for five agencies: Fisheries Service; Forest Service; Maryland Park Service; Natural Resources Police Force; and Wildlife and Heritage Service.

Disbanded in May 2007; functions dispersed between Aquatic Resources and Land Resources.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT & LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Under Maryland Park Service, functions absorbed by Planning in July 2013.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
Under Fisheries Service, most functions transferred to Inland Fisheries Management Division in reorganization of April 2004.

RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SERVICE
Reorganized in Aug. 2003 as Forests, Parks, Fish, and Wildlife.

RESOURCE PLANNING
Under Land and Water Conservation, reorganized as Public Lands Planning and Policy in March 2006.

SEAFOOD MARKETING
Transferred to Fisheries Service from Dept. of Agriculture in July 2011. Functions assumed by Fisheries Marketing Division in Aug. 2012.

SHORE EROSION CONTROL
Under Conservation and Land Management, function merged into Engineering and Construction on July 1, 2005.

SMART GROWTH & NEIGHBORHOOD CONSERVATION
On July 1, 2001, moved to Office of Smart Growth.

SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION
Under Natural Resources Police Force, reorganized as Investigations and Special Services Division in April 2003.

SUPPORT SERVICES
Under Maryland Park Service, disbanded and functions dispersed in July 2015.

TASK FORCE ON NON-LETHAL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
Staff: Mary Goldie (410) 260-8546

Steven J. Kastoroom, Chair (chosen by Task Force)

Appointed by Senate President: one vacancy

Appointed by House Speaker: Sharon M. Grosfeld

Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources: Lowell W. Adams, Ph.D.; Theresa Chonoski; Cindy P. Driscoll, D.V.M.; Martha E. Gagnon, Ph.D.; Rob Gibbs; Scott Healey; Steven J. Kastoroom; Jonathan S. Kays; Timothy Lambert; Michael Markarian; Pat McElroy; Marvin Tenberg; Gerald W. Winegrad.

Ex officio: Carolyn V. Watson, designee of Secretary of Natural Resources

Task Force on Non-Lethal Wildlife Management was formed by Department of Natural Resources in Nov. 2000. Task Force studied scientific research that documents effectiveness of wildlife management techniques used by wildlife agencies. It assessed Maryland's wildlife management policies and causes of conflict between State's humans and wildlife, particularly deer, bear, beaver, Canadian geese, and mute swans. Task Force made recommendations on how to fund and implement non-lethal wildlife management initiatives.

On Jan. 18, 2002, Task Force reported to Governor and General Assembly.

TECHNICAL & CUSTOMER SUPPORT SERVICES
Under Information Technology and Licensing, restructured as Information Technology Infrastructure Services in May 2006.

TECHNICAL & PLANNING SERVICES DIVISION
Technical and Planning Services Division started with Waterway and Greenway Division, and Watershed Restoration Division within Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed Service of Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Programs.

Waterway and Greenways Division derived from Planning and Policy Program formed within Boating Administration in 1988. It became Waterway Resources Division under Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed Service in Nov. 1995, and was named Waterway and Greenway Division in Oct. 1999 when Greenways Commission support was added to its functions. For Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, Division developed waterway management plans that allowed for multiple uses while protecting natural resources. Division administered a marine sewage pumpout program, a petroleum control program, and State's initiative to provide public access to waterways. In Addition, Division oversaw two sections: Clean Waterway Practices, and Waterway Analysis. In Sept. 2003, Waterway and Greenway Division, and Watershed Restoration Division reformed as Technical and Planning Services Division.

Watershed management plans and projects to maintain water quality and wildlife habitats were devised by Technical and Planning Services Division. Through technical assistance, Division helped local governments and interested persons assess stream systems and implement watershed restoration plans and projects. Effects of these plans and projects were evaluated by Division to ensure that environmentally beneficial and cost-effective practices are used.

Three programs came under Division: Riparian and Wetland Restoration; Watershed Assessment and Targeting; and Watershed Evaluation.

TRAINING DIVISION
Under Natural Resources Police Force, renamed Training and In-Service Program in April 2003.

W. R. CARTER LIBRARY & INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTER
Under Chesapeake and Coastal Service.

WATERSHED INFORMATION SERVICES DIVISION
Under Watershed Services, renamed Natural Resources Information Services in July 2007.

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT & ANALYSIS DIVISION
Under Watershed Services, restructured as Landscape and Watershed Analysis Division in Sept. 2003.

WATERSHED RESTORATION DIVISION
Under Watershed Services, functions dispersed to Landscape and Watershed Analysis Division, and Technical and Planning Services Division in Sept. 2003.

WATERSHED SERVICES
Under Aquatic Resources, restructured as Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed Services in July 2007.

WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP
Under Chesapeake Bay Program Division of Watershed Services, reorganized as Conservation Education in May 2007.

WATERWAY & GREENWAYS DIVISION
Under Watershed Services, functions incorporated into Technical and Planning Services Division in Sept. 2003.

WATERWAY IMPROVEMENT
Under Boating Services, Waterway Inprovement administered State and local grants and loans for dredging, boat ramps, marine facility development, and other projects that improve State waterways for boating public. In May 2007, those responsibilities transferred to Boating Facility and Access Planning.

WATERWAY RESOURCES DIVISION
Under Chesapeake and Coastal Watershed Service, renamed Waterway and Greenways Division in Oct. 1999.

WEB, FACILITIES MANAGEMENT & GEOGRAPHIF INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) SUPPORT

WILDLIFE & HERITAGE DIVISION
Under Forest, Wildlife and Heritage Service, restructured as Wildlife and Heritage Service in Oct. 2001.

WYE OAK INTERAGENCY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Staff: (410) 260-8113

Chair: J. Charles Fox, Secretary of Natural Resources

Appointed by Secretary of Natural Resources: Mimi Calver; Theresa M. Colvin; Suzanne du Pont; Joseph P. Gill; Alexis Grant; Michael Grant; Carol Holko; Stark McLaughlin; David Reinecke; Steven Rogers; Renee Samuels; Thomas Schanno; Sushant Sidh; Mark R. Spencer; Lou Trescott; Carolyn V. Watson.

On June 6, 2002, historic Wye Oak in Wye Oak State Park was felled by a storm. Efforts began immediately to salvage material from tree, estimated to be 460 years old and largest white oak in country. At request of Governor, Secretary of Natural Resources convened Wye Oak Interagency Advisory Committee. Committee met from June to Dec. 2002 to review suggestions from public and formulate a plan on how to use salvaged materials to memorialize Wye Oak.

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