...providing leadership, public outreach, customer service, legislative and legal services.
- Executive Direction
Appointed by Governor Parris N. Glendening, DNR's leadership team is ultimately responsible for all programs, projects and services.
- Legislative Office
DNR's legislative liaisons work with agency managers, the State House, local officials and members of the General Assembly to coordinate natural resource legislative activity.
- Office of the Attorney General
OAG attorneys provide legal and legislative advice and representation for DNR programs.
- Public Communications Office
Media, publication and outreach staff work with the Governor's office, DNR sister agencies, and executive, unit and program staff to promote natural resources services, programs and stewardship.
...protecting, restoring and enhancing the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays.
|Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Programs
...managing and planning for safety and enjoyment of Maryland's public lands, waterways and recreational facilities.
- Chesapeake & Coastal Watershed Service
In collaboration with public and private partners, CCWS develops and supports watershed, greenway and waterway management strategies for the restoration, protection and economic vitality of our Chesapeake and coastal ecosystems. Department-wide integrated and strategic planning efforts are supported by Geographic Information
Services and the Information Resource Center, both housed in CCWS.
- Education, Bay Policy & Growth Management
In addition to coordinating the agency's conservation education and Green Building efforts, this unit develops and implements Bay restoration policy, acts as liaison to the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Governor's Bay Cabinet and coordinates Maryland's 10 Tributary Strategy Teams.
- Regional Chesapeake Bay Program
This program works with federal agencies and regional jurisdictions to develop Bay restoration and conservation policy.
- Resource Assessment Service
Through collection, management and interpretation of scientific and economic data from Maryland's waterways, RAS staff help evaluate and direct implementation of environmental restoration and protection policy for tidal and non-tidal
...providing resource-based assistance to landowners and local governments, living resource management and sport licensing and registration services.
- Engineering & Construction
This team works to enhance and maintain existing land and water based facilities across Maryland, and also coordinates construction of new facilities.
- Natural Resources Police
One of the oldest conservation law enforcement organizations in the U.S., this agency is responsible for preserving and protecting Maryland's natural resources and its citizens through enforcement of conservation, boating and criminal law. The NRP is also the primary search and rescue agency on Maryland waters and in remote areas of the state.
- Resource Planning
Here, DNR planners provide statewide technical assistance for public land acquisition, development and resource management, including land and water mapping services, use plans, property control functions and impact assessments. This team also supports local jurisdiction open space and recreation planning.
- State Forest & Park Service
SFPS Staff manage natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources in 47 forests and parks across the state, provide related educational and law enforcement services, and administer DNR's Nature Tourism Program.
- Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission
Created by an Act of the Maryland General Assembly in 1984, the CAC
is charged with promulgating criteria to minimize storm water runoff impact, conserve living resources and habitats, and establish land use policies that accommodate growth while addressing the environmental impact of development along sensitive shorelines.
- Environmental Review
This independent umbrella group is the single point of contact for environmental review and the voice on multi-
resource issues, providing balanced viewpoints, timely responses, and consistency in coordination with state and federal permitting and local regulations. The group focuses on habitat conservation and restoration efforts during development.
- Fisheries Service
DNR's fishery professionals manage commercial and recreational harvests to maintain sustainable quality fisheries, enhance and restore fish species in decline, and promote fishery ethics and public involvement.
- Forest Service
DNR forestry professionals support Maryland's forest and tree resources by providing private forest land management expertise, wildfire protection, urban and community forestry assistance and tree planting programs.
- Wildlife & Heritage Service
The Wildlife and Heritage Service provides technical assistance and expertise to the public and private sectors for the conservation of Maryland's wildlife resources, including the management of threatened and endangered species, game birds and mammals, and the operation of 105,000 acres of state-owned lands classified as Wildlife Management Areas.
...providing a focal point for diverse financial assistance programs that support public land and easement acquisitions, local grants and waterway improvements.
|Capital Grants & Loan Administration
...providing fiscal, personnel, facilities management and support services to programs and employees statewide.
- Maryland Environmental Trust
This semi-independent board negotiates and accepts conservation easements over properties with environmental, scenic, historic or cultural significance; provides grants, loans and technical assistance to local land trusts; coordinates the Rural Village Protection program; and administers the Keep Maryland Beautiful Awards program.
- Program Open Space
Established in 1969, this nationally recognized program provides funding for state and local parks and conservation areas, exemplifying Maryland's long term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.
- Rural Legacy Program
This major component of the Governor's Smart Growth Initiative provides grants to local governments and land trusts to preserve Maryland's most significant natural, open space, agricultural and forest areas.
- Shore Erosion
DNR shore erosion specialists provide technical and financial assistance to property owners in the design and construction of shore erosion control and stream restoration projects.
- Waterway Improvement Program
This program uses the Boater Excise Tax and a small percentage of gasoline taxes collected to pay for ramp repairs and expansion, dredging and stabilization activities, and construction of new boat ramps.
...supporting internal and external customers through the use of innovative technologies.
- Audit & Management Review
Ensuring department-wide operational effectiveness and compliance with state statutes, regulations, policies and procedures, this team reviews and assesses program performance and departmental procedures, offers efficiency recommendations, performs internal program and facility audits, and conducts external examinations of boat dealers, license agents and contractors.
- Finance & Administrative Service
FAS staff manage DNR's $249.6 million operating budget: fulfill federal grant
reporting and billing requirements; track departmental revenues, expenditures and Managing Maryland for Results progress; administer procurement contracts; and manage payroll, vehicle fleet, building maintenance and mail services.
- Human Resource Service
In support of a diverse and talented work force, HRS helps employees meet personal and career goals in concert with department goals, through career counseling, recruitment, classification, testing, training and development, employee benefit and personnel information management.
- Licensing & Registration Service
At six regional service centers, LRS associates assist the public with vessel titling and registration, off-road vehicle registration, commercial fishing licenses and hunting and sportfishing licenses.
- Applications Service
Staff here provide custom applications and reports to the work force.
This team supports DNR's internal and external websites and leads the effort to provide public services via the Internet.
- Enterprise Services
IT professionals provide DNR's network and connectivity, maintaining and supporting all hardware in headquarters and in the field offices.
- Technical Support Services
The technical team maintains and supports all desktop systems and software.
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