[photo, Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), New Germany State Park, Grantsville, Maryland]

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), New Germany State Park, Grantsville, Maryland, October 2015. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

[photo, Muddy Creek Falls at Swallow Falls State Park, north of Oakland, Maryland] [photo, Autumn leaves, Boonsboro, Maryland]
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  • Muddy Creek Falls at Swallow Falls State Park (left), north of Oakland (Garrett County), Maryland, October 2014.

    Autumn leaves (right), Boonsboro, Maryland, October 2019. Photos by Diane F. Evartt.

    [photo, Patapsco River, Ellicott City, Maryland]









    Patapsco River at foot of Main St., Ellicott City, Maryland, May 2018. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

    [photo, Oak Tree, Davidsonville, Maryland]

    The Department of Natural Resources works to ensure the preservation, development, wise use, and enjoyment of Maryland's natural resources for the greatest benefit to the State and its citizens. The Department coordinates all natural resources activities within the State and reviews and evaluates all natural resources policies, plans, programs, and practices of county, State, regional and federal agencies and institutions. Over 498,000 acres of public land throughout the State are managed by the Department.

    Oak Tree, Davidsonville, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1999. Photo by Diane P. Frese.

    [photo, Maryland Geological Survey, 2300 St. Paul St., Baltimore, Maryland] With Maryland Public Television, the Department of Natural Resources has partnered to create a series, Outdoors Maryland, to showcase Maryland's natural areas and wildlife, as well as people's stories of their lives and experiences in their natural surroundings.

    Maryland Geological Survey, 2300 St. Paul St., Baltimore, Maryland, April 2007. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

    The Maryland Geological Survey is part of the Department of Natural Resources.

    [photo, Io moth, Glen Burnie, Maryland] In addition, the General Assembly addresses concerns about natural resources through the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, the House Environment and Transportation Committee, and the Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation.

    Io moth, Glen Burnie, Maryland, January 2013. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

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