News from the DNR Office of Communications

DNR Online Store Reaches $1 Million In Sales

Annapolis, Md. (October 28, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that its online store surpassed one million dollars in sales this month since going online in May of 2004.

"It's really exciting to see our customers connecting with us one-to-one online," said Gene Deems, DNR’s eGov and online services manager. “When we first went online our goals were to expand service, save resources and eventually drive sales online. Now we often get ‘thank you’ emails from our customers, who have satisfactorily completed the online shopping experience."

ShopDNR.com sells a wide variety of merchandise including park trail guides and framed Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp prints. The store currently serves more than 5,000 customers a year.

Among the popular items available are trail guides, that are printed on waterproof and tear-proof paper making them sustainable and reusable for years to come. The DNR store has sold tens of thousands of these maps to those who frequent State Parks or are planning a trip from out of State.

The Gift of Trees is a way to recognize someone’s birthday, anniversary, retirement or memorial, is another often-purchased item. The tree is bought online and planted in the name of the person to be recognized. This person or a family member will receive a certificate acknowledging the gift. This is one of DNR’s most sustainable gifts.

Maryland State Park passports are a valuable item, allowing up to nine people to enter a park on one pass. The passport also permits free use of State Park boat launching ramps.

Subscriptions to the Maryland Natural Resource, DNR's quarterly magazine are sold through the store, as is the 2011 calendar featuring photos from the annual photo contest.

For those who enjoy sustainable and green shopping from the comfort of their home or office, visit http://shopdnr.com to get all your gift-giving and outdoor recreational needs met throughout the year.


   October 28, 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 is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 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