Secretary’s Message – October 2022

October 6, 2022

Secretary’s Message – October 2022

Discover an October Deal with in Maryland’s Out of doors Areas

Photo of group of people on a trail in the woods

Photograph by Patrick Siebert, Maryland State Home

October is a time when the pure world places on a spectacular present; and out of doors actions in Maryland present an amazing alternative to get pleasure from it! It is a perfect time to go to the general public lands all through our lovely state. Lieutenant Governor Boyd Okay. Rutherford and I just lately joined a gaggle of veterans and employees from the Maryland Division of Veterans Affairs for a wellness hike in Hughesville. The hike was organized to boost consciousness for suicide prevention and the brand new Veterans Disaster Line, which might be accessed by dialing 988 (then urgent 1) or texting 838255.

Equally, DNR participated once more this yr in Maryland’s multi-agency Walktober marketing campaign to spotlight the well being advantages of strolling – our official state train – and to remind everybody of the duty we share relating to pedestrian security on our roads and in our leisure areas. 

You can also take a hike and assist a trigger, all whereas having fun with the great thing about autumn. You’ll want to comply with how the altering leaves are growing all through the state all season with our weekly Fall Foliage Report so that you don’t miss it! 

Together with strolling and mountain climbing, there are many different causes to get outdoors proper now. Because the water temperatures proceed cooling, the Maryland Division of Pure Useful resource (DNR) fall trout stocking program is starting in rivers, creeks, and ponds close to you so, making it a good time to strive your hand at fishing! 

And on this month of the Hunter’s Moon, a lot of our hottest looking seasons have began or will quickly be underway, together with small sport, wild turkey, migratory birds and deer

Moreover, Maryland continues to develop our portfolio of world-class occasions and out of doors recreation alternatives such because the internationally acclaimed Maryland 5* at Truthful Hill and the United States Powerboat Present

Whereas these are seasonal issues to do, our state’s lovely landscapes, and numerous array of plant and wildlife species might be loved year-round. There isn’t a higher showcase for our pure marvel than the annual Maryland Pure Useful resource Photograph Contest. I congratulate the entire contributors and winners for 2022, notably our Grand Prize winner David Terao of Silver Spring for his extremely detailed {photograph} of a tiny leaping spider rising from a flower. And thanks to everybody who voted for the fan favourite, Fiddleheads and Ferns by Jack Turner, chosen by our Fb followers. You’ll want to take your digital camera with you this fall and enter subsequent yr’s contest!

You may get pleasure from these images in our 2023 Maryland Pure Useful resource Calendar, which might be obtainable at DNR’s on-line retailer within the coming weeks. 

I hope you get pleasure from these images and that they encourage you to get pleasure from Maryland’s out of doors areas in all 4 seasons. Thanks for supporting DNR’s mission!

Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio is Secretary of the Maryland Division of Pure Sources.

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