Message from the secretary – April 2021
As we proceed to get well from the pandemic, I’m extra excited than ever to welcome the return of spring and get on the market. April particularly is a month filled with occasions and alternatives to showcase the unimaginable pure assets of our state. In actual fact, it’s quick changing into generally known as “Earth Month” for its many commemorative days, together with Maryland Arbor Day on April 7, Earth Day on April 22, and Nationwide Arbor Day on April 7. April 30.
We’re so excited in regards to the bushes at DNR that we do not wait till April. We start our celebrations in February by beginning with our Arbor Day Poster Contest. We had been honored that First Girl Yumi Hogan is taking part once more this yr in our digital occasion by delivering a gap deal with and congratulating the three laureates whose faculties will obtain plantations this spring.
Luke Etter of Hampstead, Md., Carroll County obtained first place and his faculty will obtain 15 bushes to plant. Second place, with a prize of 10 bushes, went to Kaitlyn Johnson of Myersville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Third place honors went to Henry Crawford of Flintstone, Maryland, Allegany County. His faculty will obtain 5 bushes. Congratulations to all the winners and members – Maryland has some very gifted younger artists!
Additionally this month, the Maryland Forest Service will distribute 30,000 tree seedlings to landowners throughout the state as a part of the Yard Buffer program. This program presents vital environmental advantages, together with supporting tree development and lowering nutrient and sediment air pollution in our waterways.
Whereas these applications and the spring season symbolize the renewal of our pure world, it is usually a time to recollect to guard and protect our pure world. Spring is wildfire season in Maryland, when sizzling, dry, and windy circumstances are most conducive to the unfold of fireside. On days when this menace is probably, the ministry will challenge a “purple flag” standing by way of social media. Out of doors burning ought to solely be achieved on days of low fireplace hazard. Extra info on open-air combustion is offered on the DNR web site.
As well as, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed the primary Maryland Flood Consciousness Month April 1 to April 30, 2021. Yearly, flooding in Maryland kills extra residents and destroys extra property than another pure hazard.
Maryland Flood Consciousness Month will elevate consciousness of the various flood dangers going through people and communities throughout the state and supply info on what folks in Maryland can do to guard themselves, their possessions and possessions. , their funds and their communities. MNR is proud to companion with the Governor and our sister businesses on this effort.
These are just some examples of how we have a good time April’s many commemorations and fulfill our ministry’s pure assets mission all year long. And we’re additionally wanting ahead to your participation! Please preserve an eye fixed out for upcoming bulletins on how one can be a part of us in these efforts.
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio is secretary of the Maryland Division of Pure Assets.