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Elk Neck State Forest To Close In Advance Of Hurricane Irene

North East, Md. (August 26, 2011) The Maryland Forest Service will close all facilities and day use areas of Elk Neck State Forest at sunset on August 26. This includes all shooting ranges and the areas encompassing all tracts of the forest.

This action is being taken to ensure public safety based upon the latest forecast and anticipated path of Hurricane Irene. Forest Service staff will review conditions during the storm and a decision on whether to reopen the forest and facilities will be made on Monday, August 29.

The forest will not reopen until conditions are determined to be safe for visitors and damage assessments are completed. Questions, comments or concerns should be directed to (410) 287-5675.


   August 26, 2011

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

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million 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 11 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