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DNR To Hold Open House On Oyster Restoration Efforts In The Severn

Annapolis, Md. (September 28, 2009) – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host an Open House for anyone interested in learning about the latest restoration efforts and research on native oysters in the Severn River. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 7th from 2 until 7 p.m. at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis.

“The Open House is designed as a series of educational exhibits that the public can view at any time during open hours for as long as they wish to stay,” said Assistant Director of DNR’s Shellfish Program Mike Naylor. “The primary focus of the Open House is a major oyster restoration project that is slated to begin this fall under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

A representative from the Corps, as well as representatives from other project partners, will be on hand to explain all facets of the work. This includes information pertaining to the project timeline, planned site locations, restoration strategies and materials, potential impacts, and intended results and benefits to the community and fishery resource.

Other major participants in the project include the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, which will have displays pertaining to oyster larvae and spat-on-shell produced at the Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery in Cambridge.

Additional exhibitors will include the U.S. Naval Academy, Maryland Geological Survey, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative, Severn River Association, and the Severn Riverkeeper, each of whom will display information about past and ongoing oyster-related restoration and research projects in the Severn. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Marylanders Grow Oysters program, which links private pier owners with oyster reef enhancement.

The Maritime Museum is located 723 Second Street in Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis. A map and directions can be found on their website at www.amaritime.org or by calling 410-295-0104 between the hours of noon and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Ample street parking is available free of charge in the surrounding neighborhood and light refreshments will be provided. Their current exhibit, “Legacy to the Bay: The Hartge Family & the Chesapeake 20,” will also be open for viewing. For more information on the event, call the DNR Shellfish Program at 410-260-8652.


   September 28, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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 www.dnr.maryland.gov