Office of the Secretary
...providing leadership, public outreach, customer service, legislative and legal services.
  • Executive Direction
    Appointed by Governor Parris N. Glendening, DNR's leadership team is ultimately responsible for all programs, projects and services.
  • Legislative Office
    DNR's legislative liaisons work with agency managers, the State House, local officials and members of the General Assembly to coordinate natural resource legislative activity.
  • Office of the Attorney General
    OAG attorneys provide legal and legislative advice and representation for DNR programs.
  • Public Communications Office
    Media, publication and outreach staff work with the Governor's office, DNR sister agencies, and executive, unit and program staff to promote natural resources services, programs and stewardship.
Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Programs
...protecting, restoring and enhancing the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays.
  • Chesapeake & Coastal Watershed Service
    In collaboration with public and private partners, CCWS develops and supports watershed, greenway and waterway management strategies for the restoration, protection and economic vitality of our Chesapeake and coastal ecosystems. Department-wide integrated and strategic planning efforts are supported by Geographic Information Services and the Information Resource Center, both housed in CCWS.
  • Education, Bay Policy & Growth Management
    In addition to coordinating the agency's conservation education and Green Building efforts, this unit develops and implements Bay restoration policy, acts as liaison to the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Governor's Bay Cabinet and coordinates Maryland's 10 Tributary Strategy Teams.
  • Regional Chesapeake Bay Program
    This program works with federal agencies and regional jurisdictions to develop Bay restoration and conservation policy.
  • Resource Assessment Service
    Through collection, management and interpretation of scientific and economic data from Maryland's waterways, RAS staff help evaluate and direct implementation of environmental restoration and protection policy for tidal and non-tidal ecosystems.
Public Lands
...managing and planning for safety and enjoyment of Maryland's public lands, waterways and recreational facilities.
  • Engineering & Construction
    This team works to enhance and maintain existing land and water based facilities across Maryland, and also coordinates construction of new facilities.
  • Natural Resources Police
    One of the oldest conservation law enforcement organizations in the U.S., this agency is responsible for preserving and protecting Maryland's natural resources and its citizens through enforcement of conservation, boating and criminal law. The NRP is also the primary search and rescue agency on Maryland waters and in remote areas of the state.
  • Resource Planning
    Here, DNR planners provide statewide technical assistance for public land acquisition, development and resource management, including land and water mapping services, use plans, property control functions and impact assessments. This team also supports local jurisdiction open space and recreation planning.
  • State Forest & Park Service
    SFPS Staff manage natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources in 47 forests and parks across the state, provide related educational and law enforcement services, and administer DNR's Nature Tourism Program.
Resource Management
...providing resource-based assistance to landowners and local governments, living resource management and sport licensing and registration services.
  • Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission
    Created by an Act of the Maryland General Assembly in 1984, the CAC is charged with promulgating criteria to minimize storm water runoff impact, conserve living resources and habitats, and establish land use policies that accommodate growth while addressing the environmental impact of development along sensitive shorelines.
  • Environmental Review
    This independent umbrella group is the single point of contact for environmental review and the voice on multi- resource issues, providing balanced viewpoints, timely responses, and consistency in coordination with state and federal permitting and local regulations. The group focuses on habitat conservation and restoration efforts during development.
  • Fisheries Service
    DNR's fishery professionals manage commercial and recreational harvests to maintain sustainable quality fisheries, enhance and restore fish species in decline, and promote fishery ethics and public involvement.
  • Forest Service
    DNR forestry professionals support Maryland's forest and tree resources by providing private forest land management expertise, wildfire protection, urban and community forestry assistance and tree planting programs.
  • Wildlife & Heritage Service
    The Wildlife and Heritage Service provides technical assistance and expertise to the public and private sectors for the conservation of Maryland's wildlife resources, including the management of threatened and endangered species, game birds and mammals, and the operation of 105,000 acres of state-owned lands classified as Wildlife Management Areas.
Capital Grants & Loan Administration
...providing a focal point for diverse financial assistance programs that support public land and easement acquisitions, local grants and waterway improvements.
  • Maryland Environmental Trust
    This semi-independent board negotiates and accepts conservation easements over properties with environmental, scenic, historic or cultural significance; provides grants, loans and technical assistance to local land trusts; coordinates the Rural Village Protection program; and administers the Keep Maryland Beautiful Awards program.
  • Program Open Space
    Established in 1969, this nationally recognized program provides funding for state and local parks and conservation areas, exemplifying Maryland's long term commitment to conserving natural resources while providing exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities.
  • Rural Legacy Program
    This major component of the Governor's Smart Growth Initiative provides grants to local governments and land trusts to preserve Maryland's most significant natural, open space, agricultural and forest areas.
  • Shore Erosion
    DNR shore erosion specialists provide technical and financial assistance to property owners in the design and construction of shore erosion control and stream restoration projects.
  • Waterway Improvement Program
    This program uses the Boater Excise Tax and a small percentage of gasoline taxes collected to pay for ramp repairs and expansion, dredging and stabilization activities, and construction of new boat ramps.
Management Service
...providing fiscal, personnel, facilities management and support services to programs and employees statewide.
  • Audit & Management Review
    Ensuring department-wide operational effectiveness and compliance with state statutes, regulations, policies and procedures, this team reviews and assesses program performance and departmental procedures, offers efficiency recommendations, performs internal program and facility audits, and conducts external examinations of boat dealers, license agents and contractors.
  • Finance & Administrative Service
    FAS staff manage DNR's $249.6 million operating budget: fulfill federal grant reporting and billing requirements; track departmental revenues, expenditures and Managing Maryland for Results progress; administer procurement contracts; and manage payroll, vehicle fleet, building maintenance and mail services.
  • Human Resource Service
    In support of a diverse and talented work force, HRS helps employees meet personal and career goals in concert with department goals, through career counseling, recruitment, classification, testing, training and development, employee benefit and personnel information management.
  • Licensing & Registration Service
    At six regional service centers, LRS associates assist the public with vessel titling and registration, off-road vehicle registration, commercial fishing licenses and hunting and sportfishing licenses.
Information Technology
...supporting internal and external customers through the use of innovative technologies.
  • Applications Service
    Staff here provide custom applications and reports to the work force.
  • eGovernment/Internet
    This team supports DNR's internal and external websites and leads the effort to provide public services via the Internet.
  • Enterprise Services
    IT professionals provide DNR's network and connectivity, maintaining and supporting all hardware in headquarters and in the field offices.
  • Technical Support Services
    The technical team maintains and supports all desktop systems and software.

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