AccessDNR October 2019 – Maryland Department of Natural Resources
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AccessDNR October 2019 – Maryland Department of Natural Resources

[Sound of excavator moving and dropping debris] Hello and welcome to AccessDNR, the video
newsletter from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. In this episode we get a bird’s eye view of
construction efforts at a new horse-racing facility, announce the winners of our annual
photo contest, welcome the new superintendent of the Natural Resources Police and more! I’m Gregg Bortz – your host for this edition
of AccessDNR! [AccessDNR Theme Music] We begin this episode at Fair Hill Natural
Resource Management Area where crews are laying the groundwork for what will become a new,
world-class equestrian destination. Earlier this year, the Board of Public works
awarded a contract to Turner Construction to significantly improve the area’s facilities
– and in doing so – create a venue capable of hosting a multi-day, 5 star horse racing
event. When complete, Fair Hill will be matched in
quality by only a handful of similar sites around the world, and only 1 other in the
U.S. Next up – We ask you to join us in welcoming
a new superintendent to the Maryland Natural Resources Police. In mid September, a ceremony was held in Tawes
Garden at our Annapolis headquarters. Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio spoke at
the event – welcoming the new Colonel and commemorating the occasion. Afterward, Colonel Adrian Baker was sworn
in before a crowd of family, friends and police colleagues. Colonel Baker is a veteran of the Natural
Resources Police, having once served as commander in the central region. Before rejoining us, he was the Chief of Police
in Chestertown. Welcome back, Colonel, we look forward to
working alongside you again. In other news – we’re pleased to announce
the results of the department’s 2019 Photo Contest! Our judges poured over nearly two-thousand,
five hundred images submitted by more than five hundred amateur and professional photographers
before selecting this year’s grand prize winner. Congratulations to David Illig – who submitted
this impressively detailed photo of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly. All of this year’s winning images will be
featured in the Department’s 2020 Wall Calendar – which is available for preorder now at
our online store. For our last segment this month we invite
you to plan an autumn adventure with our Fall Foliage and Festival Report. Sent via email each week, this free publication
is the go-to guide for anyone looking to take in the spectacular visuals provided by shifting
seasons. Each report contains a detailed map depicting
current foliage conditions across the state as well as an informative narrative and a
list of upcoming events. For more information or to sign up, visit
our website at DNR.Maryland.Gov. Well that’s a wrap for this month. For the latest news and programs, please follow
us on social media, subscribe to our magazine and newsletters, and download our free mobile
app. For those of you on YouTube, please – give
us a thumbs-up, subscribe to our channel, and don’t forget to share our videos with
family and friends. I’m Gregg Bortz – thanks for joining us. We’ll see you next time on AccessDNR!

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4 thoughts on “AccessDNR October 2019 – Maryland Department of Natural Resources

  1. Who in the world in Maryland would want ANOTHER "horse racing facility"??????? Timonium ALREADY EXISTS!!!!!!! We Marylander's already pay enough TAXES to support the current facility!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. MD/DNR, I really hope you are not spending hunting and fishing license money on horse racing..?? If so, this appears to be a bad path MD/DNR is taking with license money….

  3. It should be pointed out that a large part of the construction shown in the first story is to replace the former horse-racetrack at the fairgrounds. Apparently what is genuinely new is some sort of expansion further southward into the grass fields. (As a resident of nearby Newark, DE, I hike in Fair Hil N.R.M.A. quite often, but didn't know about this construction until Sept. 15.)

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