Maryland Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s Birth

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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Figure 1 – Screenshot, photo of Harriet Tubman and 200th anniversary banner, Harriet Tubman Byway website.

In February, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed 2022 “the Year of Harriet Tubman,” in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Harriet Tubman and the 5th anniversary of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center.

“Harriet Tubman dedicated her life in selfless service to others and the cause of freedom,” said Governor Hogan. “This year, as we celebrate her 200th birthday, we hope that even more Marylanders and visitors from across the country will take time to learn about the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad and her years-long struggle to lead countless slaves to their freedom.” 

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Department of Natural Resources Creates New App to Locate Key Oyster Sites

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Figure 1 – Screenshot showing iShellfish homescreen, Maryland DNR website.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced the development of a new mobile app, iShellfish, to provide interactive maps for commercial watermen and other users to locate areas they need to find or avoid while on Maryland’s waterways.

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Department of Natural Resources Seeks Public Comments on 2023 Maryland State Forest Work Plans

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on the proposed FY23 annual work plans for the Chesapeake/Pocomoke, Green Ridge, Potomac-Garrett, and Savage River state forests.

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Preparing your Land Preservation, Parks and Recreation Plan?  We’re Here to Help!  

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by Deborah Herr Cornwell, Resource Conservation Planner  

Since January 2021 the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) have hosted fifteen virtual technical assistance sessions with local jurisdictions.   

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Maryland’s Economic Adjustment Strategy (EAS) Summary Report Now Available 

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by Daniel Rosen, AICP, Resource Conservation Planner, and Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

Many might be surprised to learn, despite the state’s diminutive size, that wood and wood/forest products are big business in Maryland. 

In 2016, according to one measure, the forest products sector contributed 16,500 jobs and $3.86 billion to the Maryland economy (EAS Summary, page 2).  

Paradoxically, forestry—the harvesting of trees and manufacture of wood products—also promotes conservation by showing landowners that growing trees is an economically viable alternative to development. 

Unfortunately, forestry has been declining in Maryland in recent years. The closing of the 131-year-old Luke paper mill in Allegany County in 2019, with its loss of 675 jobs, shows the cost of this downward trend to rural Maryland communities.  

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