Resolve To Get Involved!
ANNAPOLIS, MD — While losing weight, quitting smoking and vowing to exercise more are all noble New Year’s Resolutions, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to recommend getting more involved in environmental stewardship as your 2004 resolution. Here’s 10 easy ways to do just that:
For more information on these opportunities, visit the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.md.us
Thousands of volunteers in Maryland's 47 state parks and five state forests donate hundreds of thousands of service each year. Volunteers provide enthusiasm, energy and creativity to the wide variety of tasks they accomplish. Volunteers experience many benefits — among them companionship, a sense of responsibility and enhanced skills. There is an opportunity for everyone! DNR also has additional volunteer opportunities including the Natural Resources Police, Environmental Education, Fisheries, and Stream Monitoring & Aquatic Resources.
- INTRODUCE KIDS TO FISH AND WILDLIFE:
Take a youngster outdoors to appreciate our vast natural resources. Many outdoor activities on DNR’s managed land and parks allow fishing, hunting, bike riding, bird watching, canoeing, camping, hiking, and much more. There are also many programs available through the Department such as Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs, Maryland Envirothon, Outdoor Discovery Camp, and the Junior Ranger Program.
- SPEND MORE TIME APPRECIATING THE OUTDOORS!
Maryland has thousands of miles of walking trails, rivers and streams and outdoor opportunities in its state parks, forests, and public lands.
- PLANT A TREE!
Have trees planted in honor or memory of family and friends, to celebrate Holidays, special occasions, and remembrances. Your Gift of Trees is actually three gifts - one to someone you care for, one to future generations, and one to the environment. A beautiful certificate, suitable for framing, is sent to the recipient announcing your gift.
- RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE:
Christmas trees are biodegradable - the trunk and branches can be used as mulch for gardens, parks or in animal stalls. The mulch provides a protective barrier for the roots of shrubs, trees and flowers while preventing weeds from growing. The mulch then decomposes, providing the nutrients plants need to thrive. Contact your local Department of Public Works or Recreation Council to see who recycles trees in your area.
Posted January 2, 2004