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Maryland Natural Resources: Accessible Fishing Pier; Atlantic Goose Season

Photo of compliant fishing pier and gangway at Unicorn Lake

Accessible Fishing Pier Opens in Queen Anne’s County
Floating Pier Meets Americans with Disabilities Act Standards

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has opened a new floating fishing pier and gangway at the Unicorn Lake Fisheries Management Area that meets the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessible Design Standards of 2010. Read more.

Photo of Canada geese in flight by Larry Hindman

Atlantic Population Canada Goose Season Begins Nov. 17
Split-Season Hunt for Migrating Waterfowl

Maryland’s migratory Atlantic Population Canada goose hunting season begins Nov. 17, and is split into two segments: Nov. 17 through Nov. 23, 2018, and again from Dec. 14, 2018 through Feb. 2, 2019. Read more.

Calvert League of Women Voter’s Annual Legislative Evening: Nov. 14 at CSM

LWV Annual Legislative Evening with Our Maryland State Delegation

College of Southern Maryland, Bldg B
115 J Williams Rd, Prince Frederick, MD

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:30-9 P.M.

  • Networking and Light Refreshments – 6:30-7 P.M.
  • Welcome and Introductions – 7 P.M.
  • Opening Remarks from State Delegation – Legislation passed in 2018 Session and forecast of upcoming legislation in the 2019 General Assembly Session
  • Legislative Priorities of Community Organizations – 2.5 minutes each*
  • Questions and Comments from the Public – if time permits*

Fall Turkey Season; Volunteer Opportunities

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Photo of wild turkeys by Lori Bramble

Fall Turkey Season Opens in Western Maryland
Hunting Available in Allegany, Garrett and Washington Counties

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that the fall turkey hunting season will open Oct. 27 and continue through Nov. 4 in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties with a bag limit of one turkey per hunter. Read more.

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Maryland Environmental Trust Offers Volunteer Training
Opportunity to Help Statewide Conservation Efforts

The Maryland Environmental Trust is offering one-day volunteer training sessions for individuals interested in helping to monitor state conservation easements.

The sessions will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8, and 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 17 at the Howard County Conservancy. Read more.

Chapel Point State Park Lease Agreement Ceremony

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Chapel Point State Park Lease Agreement Ceremony
State and Charles County Officials Cut Ribbon

Local and state officials will gather to officially sign a new 25-year agreement between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Charles County that will allow the county to manage approximately 50 acres of Chapel Point State Park along the Port Tobacco River.

As part of the agreement, the county and department developed a conceptual plan for the leased area, which includes improvements to the existing boat launch and fishing beach, a redesigned waterfront picnic area, a new “soft” kayak launch, an enhanced paddle-in campsite, and more secure and sustainable beach access.


Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp
Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton
Maryland Land Resources Acting Assistant Secretary Emily Wilson
Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina
Charles County Commissioners
Charles County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Eileen Minnick


Ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the lease agreement between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Charles County Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism.


Chapel Point State Park
Pisces Lane
Port Tobacco, Maryland 20677


Oct. 30
1 p.m.


Gregg Bortz

5th Annual Community Development Week and Awards of Excellence

Announcing our Awards of Excellence recipients!
Join us to celebrate their accomplishments during our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon October 24!
Innovation Award
Filbert Street Garden
Collaboration Award
Episcopal Housing Corporation with Health Care for the Homeless
Impact Award
Town of Belair National Guard Amory Project
Lorriane Sheehan Memorial Advocacy Award
C. Matthew Hill, Housing for All Coalition
Legacy Award
Doris J. Cammack-Spencer,
Southern Maryland Minority Chamber of Commerce
Annual Meeting on October 24!
Join us for our 5th Annual
Community Development Week!
It is our privilege to highlight these incredible projects throughout Maryland! Join us for Community Development Week!
October 15 – Dundalk Main Street Incubator Space Opening. Kick off Community Development Week by joining us and Dundalk Renaissance for their Main Street Business Incubator Space Ribbon Cutting! Time:  11:00am Location: The Forge 11 Center Place, Dundalk, MD 21222. (Baltimore County) Register Here
October 16: Federalsburg Community Center Grand Opening. Maryland Rural Development Corporation’s Federalsburg Community Center will offer a range of services including Head Start, serving families in Caroline County and surrounding areas. Come celebrate the Grand Opening! Time:  10am Location: 26245 Williamsburg Road, Federalsburg, MD 21632 Register Here
October 17:  Housing Counselor Connections- Join us for this day long session if you are a housing counselor or interested in housing counseling, homebuyer education and foreclosure intervention. This session will connect counselors to important sessions and dialogue about the next steps in the sector. Time: 10:00am-3:00pm. Location: Owen Brown Interfaith Center 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045 (Howard County)Register Here
October 18: Supportive Housing Ground Breaking in Charles County. Join Lifestyles of Maryland and CDN for the ground breaking of Southern Crossing, a supportive housing development in Southern Maryland. This unique development is the revitalization of the old White House Motel. Join us for the ceremony, tour and light lunch. Time:  10am Location: 11150 Crain Highway, Newberg, MD 20664 Register Here
October 19: Cooperative Finance in Baltimore City. Join the Network for Conscious Communities and CDN for a workshop on financing for cooperative housing real estate development Time: 9am-1pm Location: 29th Street Community Center, 300 E. 29th Street, Baltimore MD 21218. Register Here
October 22: Garrett County Community Action. Head on up to Garrett County to learn more about the innovative community action, development and housing model of the Garrett County Community Action Agency. Tour the projects and area. Time: 10am. Location: 104 E. Center Street, Oakland, MD 21550. Register Here.(Hotel rooms are available to stay the night before at Wisp Resort. Details are in the registration link here)
October 23: Senior Housing in a Silver Spring Opportunity Zone. Join us for a tour of the Bonifant, affordable senior apartments in a Transit Oriented Development area along the proposed Purple Line, and attached to the Silver Spring Library. Frank Dickson from Maryland DHCD will also join us to give an update on the Opportunity Zone program . Time: 9:45am-noon. Location: The Bonifant, 929 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, MD  20910 Register Here
October 24: Just Before the Annual Meeting: Tour of Greenmount West/Station North Arts District- Join us before the Annual Meeting to learn more about the Station North Arts District and the transformation of the Greenmount West neighborhood. Time:  10:30am-noon. Location: Area 405. 405 E. Oliver Street, Baltimore MD 21202. Register here
October 24: CDN’s Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon – Join us as we celebrate the work of CDN and our members. Congratulate your colleagues as we present our Awards of Excellence during the Luncheon. The Greenmount West community is located in the Station North Arts District and is up and coming. Keynote Speaker is Sarah Norman, Director, Health Homes and Communities for NeighborWorks America.  Time:  Noon-2pm. Location: Area 405. 405 E. Oliver Street, Baltimore MD 21202.  Register Here
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About the Community Development Network of Maryland
The Community Development Network of Maryland is a member organization of over 180 nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals actively participating in community development across the state.
CDN’s purpose is to promote, strengthen, and advocate for the community development industry in Maryland.
CDN’s mission is to engage and strengthen Maryland’s community development industry and encourage comprehensive community development through advocacy, capacity building and partnerships.

Become a Member Sponsor of Community Development Week!

Join the growing list of Sponsors for 
Community Development Week!
Member Sponsors are important sponsors of Community Development Week.
Member Sponsor Levels:
$100 Basic Member Sponsor
$200 Light Member Sponsor
$300 Spotlight Member Sponsor
$500 Expert Member Sponsor
A. Renew Your Membership and add $100-$500 to become a Member Sponsor of CD Week!
B. If you have already renewed your membership (Thank you!) You can still be a Member Sponsor !
Contribute online here or send checks to PO Box 22426 Baltimore, MD 21203
If you are planning on becoming a Member Sponsor, you MUST send CDN your logo by October 8 to be listed on our Sponsor Board!
Community Development Week 2018
About the Community Development Network of Maryland
The Community Development Network of Maryland is a member organization of over 180 nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals actively participating in community development across the state.
CDN’s purpose is to promote, strengthen, and advocate for the community development industry in Maryland.
CDN’s mission is to engage and strengthen Maryland’s community development industry and encourage comprehensive community development through advocacy, capacity building and partnerships.

Striped Bass Survey, Early Muzzleloader Season


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Photo of staff conducting survey

Survey Finds Healthy Striped Bass Reproduction
Positive Outlook for Iconic Fish in 65th Annual Index

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced results of its annual young-of-year striped bass survey in Chesapeake Bay, which documented healthy reproduction of the state fish. The 2018 young-of-year index is 14.8, higher than the 65-year average of 11.8. Read more.

 Photo of deer by Michael Douglas

Early Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Set to Begin
Popular Season Coincides with Changing Fall Weather

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that the first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens statewide Oct. 18. This is one of many deer hunting opportunities offered in the state and typically coincides with pleasant fall weather. Read more.

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Maryland Climate Leadership Academy

Advancing Maryland’s Preparedness, Economic Vitality & Public Health

Established in 2018 by the State of Maryland in partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy will advance the capacity of state and local government agencies, infrastructure organizations and businesses to develop and implement sound climate change initiatives thus ensuring current and future public health, security and economic prosperity.

Maryland’s Climate Leadership Academy will support the work of the Maryland Climate Change Commission, providing important continuing education and executive training to state and local governments, infrastructure organizations and the private sector.

Maryland Natural Resources: September 2018

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September 2018

Photo of Belton with Tubman Organization

Labor Day may be the end of summer vacation, but now is a time when outdoor recreation is getting ready to peak.

September is a month when the Maryland Department of Natural Resources highlights our state’s spectacular and diverse terrain, and the role it plays in our culture, heritage and living history. Read more.

Still frame of video showing pelicans on an island

This month on AccessDNR, we check in on pelican populations, celebrate the prowess of state park lifeguards, measure water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and more!

Photo of foliage in mountains

Ready for fall? Before the leaves really start changing, sign up for our foliage and festival report touting peak vibrancy forecasts and more!

Photo of MCC Crew

The Maryland Conservation Corps honored 32 crew members as they completed 10 months of job training in conservation work and stewardship.

Photo of volunteers planting tree

Now a monthlong initiative, Day to Serve provides ample opportunity for you to volunteer with fellow Marylanders improving our communities.

Photo of yacht club owners

The Belvedere Yacht Club in Arnold became the latest to gain our “Clean Marina” status. Check out the steps they’ve taken to help the bay.


Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons
Eastern Shore Waterfowl Hunting Applications
Environmental Trust Protects 50 Acres
Free Trees at Corsica River Day
Harford County Woodland Protected
Lifeguard Competition Builds Camaraderie
Longhorn Tick Confirmed
New Wildlife Management Area
Rural Legacy Program Grants Top $25 Million
Six Coastal Resiliency Projects Approved


Sept. 8: Junior Hunter Field Day
Sept. 9: Woodmont Lodge Open House
Sept. 14-16: Patapsco Trail Fest
Sept. 18: Wetlands and Wildlife Field Day
Sept. 22: National Hunting and Fishing Day
Sept. 22: Trapper Education Workshop
Sept. 23: Wilderness Survival
Sept. 28-30: Outdoors-Woman Wing Workshop
Sept. 29: Monarch Release
Sept. 29: National Public Lands Day

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