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DNR Announces 2010 Employee Of The Year

Mark Trice and Deputy Secretary Joe Gill

Annapolis, Md. (May 24, 2011) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) named Mark Trice of DNR’s Resource Assessment Service its 2010 employee of the year.

“Mark is an example of the dedication our State employees put into their work every day,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Working together as One Maryland to preserve our natural resources, we are fortunate to have such committed and hardworking individuals on our team.”

Mark led the effort to update, correct and rewrite a complex software program that was critical in retaining $1 million in federal funds. He developed a new partnership that funded a monitoring buoy with a $200,000 donation from Dominion Energy. He also revamped the "Eyes on the Bay" website, an award winning one-stop shop for real-time Chesapeake Bay health conditions.

“Mark Trice is a natural choice for this year’s employee of the year award,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “Now, not only is the Eyes on the Bay website a critical aid for State, federal and local law makers, it is also a key component in communicating our restoration efforts to Maryland citizens.”

Each year, DNR selects its employee of the year from a group of candidates nominated by his or her peers who:

  • Improved internal and/or external customer service or visitor experience;
  • Achieved cost savings or created new revenue of improved efficiency;
  • Made an exceptional effort, act or accepted a challenging or difficult task and turned it into a positive opportunity;
  • Had a direct or indirect impact on safety or promoted safety of State employees or the public;
  • Directly or indirectly motivated, inspired or encouraged co-workers and/or improved their attitudes or work atmosphere; or
  • Contributed time and effort toward natural resource utilization, conservation or protection.

   May 24, 2011

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

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million 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 11 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