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SHOP DNR’S Online Store For Exciting Holiday Gifts

Annapolis, Md. (December 7, 2011) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers a one-stop, sustainable shop for all of your gift giving needs. Avoid a gas-guzzling commute and the holiday crowds by purchasing from DNR’s online Outdoor Store, instead.

“The DNR online store has many unique, exciting gifts that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Gene Deems, eGov and Online Services Manager for DNR. “Through the store, customers also save time and energy while celebrating and supporting our State’s abundant natural resources.”

Released just in time for the holiday season, the 2012 Maryland Natural Resource Calendar is available for purchase. Anyone would enjoy the amazing photography captured in the calendar, which features the winning photographs from the 2011 Photo Contest . Also available for purchase are subscriptions to the Maryland Natural Resource Magazine, DNR’s quarterly publication and a knowledgeable guide to recreation and conservation in Maryland.

The 2012 Maryland State Park Passport is a must-have gift for friends and family members who love the outdoors. Valid through December 31, 2012, the passport is a great value, providing unlimited day-use entry for up to 10 people in a vehicle to any of Maryland’s 66 State Parks, unlimited boat launching at all state park facilities and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals. This is a fantastic deal for frequent Park visitors and nature-lovers alike.

Waterproof and tear-proof trail guides along with reusable cotton bandana maps are the perfect companions to a State Park Passport and make great gifts for hikers, horseback riders or mountain bikers.

Bird-watchers and art-lovers would enjoy a wildlife conservation print while a black bear conservation stamp, hat, stuffed animal, or t-shirt makes a perfect gift for wildlife enthusiasts. And the proceeds from the sale of wildlife gifts help to fund wildlife monitoring and restoration efforts.

The limited edition centennial forest fire truck would make the perfect gift for any future, current, or retired firefighters. Conservationists will delight in the Gift of Trees that gives not only to them, but to future generations and the environment by planting a tree through DNR’s Tree-Mendous Program.

All of these gifts may be purchased online at and delivered by Christmas if ordered by December 19.

   December 7, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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 one-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. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at