News from the DNR Office of Communications

Grants Available for Public Land Plantings and Educational Projects

Annapolis, MD - The Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee (MUCFC) is currently offering grants for public land plantings and educational projects for the fall. MUCFC will award up to $1,500 to towns, homeowner associations, parks, schools and other groups actively involved in environmental tree activities.

Grant applications must be signed by a local Forestry Board member and postmarked by September 15. Upon approval, funding will be available for Fall 2009 projects. Future grant deadlines are February 15 and June 15.

Interested groups can download the grant application directly at: For more information about the grants, contact your local State Forestry Office or Wanda MacLachlan at (410) 531-5973 / A list of local forestry offices can be found at

Through Governor O’Malley’s Marylanders Plant Trees program, the State is partnering with businesses, communities and citizens to help fund and plant new tree cover. Private citizens are being asked to plant 50,000 new trees by 2010. To encourage citizen participation, the State is offering $25 discount coupons for the purchase of native trees costing $50 or more. Whether taking advantage of the coupon program or not, citizens who plant new trees are asked to use the State’s new website, – which offers valuable planting advice -- to register the trees they’ve planted and calculate their benefits.

   July 20, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 249 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority.  Learn more at