About Us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages and protects about 450,000 acres of public land and 17,000 miles of waterways throughout the state. The agency's conservation activities include a fishery service which monitors and manages commercial and recreational fishing; the park service which manages nearly 80 cultural, historic, natural, and recreational sites; the forest service which manages public forestland and provides support to landowners; and wildlife management and conservation services. The DNR also heads up the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort which encompasses coastal waters and inland tributaries covering an area of about 64,000 miles.