News from the DNR Office of Communications

DNR Regional Service Centers Will Be Closed The Friday Prior To Memorial Day

DNR reminds all anglers and boaters to plan accordingly

Annapolis, MD (March 24, 2010) — All Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offices will be closed Friday, May 28, 2010, as part of the State’s Furlough and Temporary Salary Reduction Plan. This includes regional service centers, which are historically busy on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. DNR asks all boaters to plan accordingly, and register their boats early. Anglers can purchase fishing licenses online 24/7 at or over the phone at (800) 918-2870.

Maryland State Parks and other public lands managed by DNR will remain staffed and open to the public. To compensate, all non-essential employees working to serve Maryland park-goers will take an alternate day of leave.

On August 26, 2009 the Board of Public Works approved more than $450 million in reductions to the state’s FY 2010 budget, to address a projected shortfall. The reductions included a sliding scale of furlough and fixed service reduction days for State employees. It is estimated that the furlough and salary reduction plans will save the State approximately $75 million and prevent the elimination of about 1,500 State jobs.

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For more information on the recent budget reductions visit

   March 24, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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