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DNR Launches Redesigned Website
Enhanced services, e-newsletters connecting Marylanders to natural resources
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today launched its newly redesigned website www.dnr.maryland.gov featuring more user-friendly navigation, an enhanced search engine, and video streams of Maryland Public Television’s Emmy-winning Outdoors Maryland program. Since its debut in 1995, Maryland state government’s very first website has grown in substance and popularity, today boasting tens of thousands of pages of content and approximately 300,000 unique visitors each month.
The state now offers a full menu of electronic publications and services that are connecting people to Maryland’s natural resources and keeping them apprised of their government’s progress.
“These tools are enhancing DNR’s efforts to assist customers and to communicate with stakeholders about important natural resource issues – in the most cost efficient, timely manner possible,” said Governor Martin O’Malley about the launch. “DNR remains a leader in eGovernment and online services, and I applaud Secretary Griffin and his staff for continuously adapting these new technologies to improve our ability to serve our citizens.”
In addition to news and recreation, conservation and policy information, purchases and services available directly through DNR Online include hunting and fishing licenses, trees and seedlings, trail guides, park passes and park reservations. Approximately 85% of park reservations are now being made online.
Earlier this month the agency unveiled its redesigned newsletter, AccessDNR, which provides monthly updates on recreation, conservation and natural resources policies to approximately 10,000 opt-in subscribers. http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/newsletter/newsletter.asp.
In January, the State launched BayStat Chesapeake, a collaborative effort among several agencies that provides comprehensive updates to stakeholders on Maryland’s progress in restoring Bay health. http://www.baystat.maryland.gov/.
A new electronic publication from Governor O’Malley’s office was also recently launched, to regularly update Marylanders on legislation, community activities, statewide progress and news. http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/.
March 17, 2008
Contact: Kara Turner
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 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 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov.