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Message from the Governor & Secretary

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This hunting and trapping season, as Marylanders take to the field, they’ll be able enjoy more of our beautiful forests, marshes and waterways than ever before thanks to the expansion of our State’s Wildlands system.

This year, working together with the Members of the General Assembly, we passed legislation to expand our existing Wildands system by 50 percent. This expansion will forever preserve the wilderness character of nearly 22,000 additional acres of State-owned land, identified from new acquisitions and assessments of our public lands since the last expansion 12 years ago.

Wildlands are our last remaining untouched landscapes, supporting sensitive ecosystems and many rare and vanishing plants and animals. By prohibiting motorized vehicles, bikes and other activities that can disrupt wildlife or destroy natural communities, outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, horseback riding, birding, backpacking and more in 9 new and 14 expanded sites.

Under this designation, these primitive areas − about 1 percent of Maryland’s total land area − will be forever protected, maintaining their wilderness character today, tomorrow and well into the future. Maryland has taken another significant step forward in securing the health and prosperity of our natural world, while augmenting the land available for our State’s hunters. Enjoy them safely.Sincerely,

Martin O’Malley

Governor of Maryland

Joseph P. Gill,

Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Regulations in red are new this year.

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