About the Department of Natural Resources

Vision Statement

Tawes State Office Building​​

Mission Statement​

The Department of Natural Resources leads Maryland in securing a sustainable future for our environment, society, and economy by preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the State’s natural resources.


  • Sustainable Populations of Living Resources and Aquatic Habitat
  • Healthy Maryland Watershed Lands, Streams and Non-Tidal Rivers
  • Natural Resources Stewardship Opportunities for Maryland’s Urban and Rural Citizens
  • Conserved and Managed Statewide Network of Ecologically Valuable Private and Public Lands
  • Diverse Outdoor Recreation Opportunities for Maryland Citizens and Visitors
  • Diverse Workforce and Efficient Operations

Senior Staff

  • Josh Kurtz, ​Secretary
  • David Goshorn, PhD., Deputy ​Secretary
  • ​​Phil Hager​, Assistant Secretary
  • Vacant​, Senior Bay Restoration Coordinator
  • Eric Shirk, Director, Office of Communications

Organizational Chart

Annual Report