In partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced new voluntary option in the online checkout for the Maryland Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund.
Anglers, boaters, and hunters who purchase their licenses or registrations from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources have a new way to give back to natural resources they enjoy and love.
Funds generated by the new program will be distributed as grants for on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that seek to enhance habitat and water quality as well as programs aimed at getting K-12 students outdoors.
Grants will be provided to nonprofits in support of environmental and natural resources priorities throughout the state, from the Youghiogheny to the Coastal Bays.
Grants from the Maryland Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund will support projects as small as $100 to over $500,000 made to community and environmental organizations as well as research and watershed groups.
All contributions will be tax deductible. Contributors over $10 will have the option of enrolling in a “Perks Program,” which offers discounts and preferred parking at local businesses throughout Maryland.
Examples of projects supported by the Maryland Outdoor Recreation and Clean Water Fund include:
Boating field trips
Eel, oyster, shad, terrapin, trout, and other raise-and-release programs for students
Living shoreline projects, including access for canoes and kayaks
Local sustainable seafood projects
Research to improve efficacy of stream restoration practices
Trout stream restoration projects
Wetland restoration projects
Funds will be managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Chesapeake Bay Trust, a nonprofit grant-making organization established by the Maryland state legislature in 1985.
source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources