News from the DNR Office of Communications

Changes Proposed to the Maryland Threatened and Endangered Species List

Annapolis, MD. – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife & Heritage Service’s Natural Heritage Program recently completed a review of the Threatened and Endangered Species List in Maryland. As a result of this review, changes to the list are being proposed as published in the Maryland Register on January 15, 2010.

The proposed changes include adding 16 species of plants and animals to the list, revising the status of 4 species, and removing 8 species from the list. A summary list of changes can be viewed at www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/.

Public comments on the proposed changes are being accepted until February 16, 2010. Please e-mail your comments to Glenn Therres gtherres@dnr.state.md.us or mail them to:

Glenn Therres, Associate Director
DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service
580 Taylor Ave., E-1
Annapolis, MD 21401

If you have any questions on the proposed changes, please contact either Glenn Therres (phone: 410-260-8572, email: gtherres@dnr.state.md.us) or Gwen Brewer (phone: 410-260-8558, email: gbrewer@dnr.state.md.us).


   January 21, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 467,000 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