| Jan 29, 2014
| 4:59 PM
Jeff Lill is a popular man lately, as captain of the J.C. Widener, one of the state's few ice breakers.
After leaving its Annapolis harbor at 8:30 Wednesday morning, the Widener spent the day criss-crossing the waters off Anne Arundel County —...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 11:20 AM
With climate disruption increasingly affecting Maryland's priceless environmental treasures, it's time the federal government stopped bargaining with our natural resources and started protecting our future as it looks to import and export more resources...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:56 PM
The Senate delayed a vote Friday to confirm Gov. Martin O’Malley’s natural resources secretary after the head of the Maryland Watermen’s Association accused acting Secretary Joseph P. Gill of threatening his members’ livelihood....
| Feb 6, 2014
| 8:15 AM
After years of steady support for conservation, I am disheartened to hear that Gov. Martin O'Malley has decided to cut funds for land preservation programs in his proposed 2015 budget ("O'Malley shifts funds from land preservation," Jan. 16).
| Feb 6, 2014
| 10:12 AM
Residents spoke Tueday night against a bill that would make a bundle of changes to Harford County's zoning code, saying it would encourage developers to build more.
The bill would halve the amount of land required for exemption from forest conservation...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 6:21 PM
Peering into his tripod-mounted Swarovski scope, Hal Wierenga tries to explain why he's out in the cold along the Magothy River, searching for a big white bird that might never appear.
"For those of us who do what we do, it's an event," he says, scanning...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 2:43 PM
The weeks leading to the holidays tend to be the most active for oyster poachers in the Chesapeake Bay, but the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and state police were hoping in recent days that new technology and harsher penalties would help...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 8:20 PM
Maryland's annual black bear hunt went into overtime Saturday, and some might look at the outcome as a moral victory for the hairy, soon-to-be hibernating creatures.
For the first time since the hunt was revived in 2004 after a 51-year hiatus, hunters...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 4:11 PM
State officials are pressing Charles County to back off a disputed development plan they contend would degrade a vital Chesapeake Bay tributary and open up swaths of farmland to sprawling housing projects.
The heads of 13 state agencies — who...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 2:04 AM
Looking to get the new year off on the right foot?
Maryland state parks are offering 24 guided walks on New Year's Day as part of the third-annual national First Day Hike program presented by America's State Parks and the American Hiking Society....
| Nov 13, 2013
| 3:41 PM
Ahoy! There's a new admiral on the Chesapeake Bay.
John Page Williams, senior naturalist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, earned the honorific rank Tuesday night in Annapolis in recognition of his 40-year career teaching and writing about the bay....
| Dec 13, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Some long-gone oysters from prehistoric times are going to play a role in restoring the Chesapeake Bay's current crop of bivalves. Maryland has purchased 112,500 tons of fossilized oyster shells for $6.3 million from a quarry in the panhandle of Florida,...