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Anne Arundel County - On Monday, March 19, Christine Mirabella, 33, of Elkridge pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County District Court to operating a tree expert business without a license. A charge of false advertising or soliciting an unlicensed tree expert business was placed on the stet docket.
Charges were filed by the NRP in November of 2006 at the request of the Maryland Forest Service after receiving a complaint via the Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, from a citizen that had hired Ms. Mirabella's company, Statewide Tree Service, to perform tree care services in June of the same year. Forest Service records confirmed that Mirabella is not a Licensed Tree Expert and that Statewide Tree Service has no licensees on staff. State law prohibits a person from soliciting, advertising or representing himself or herself to the public as a tree expert, or assuming to practice as a tree expert without having received a license. She was fined $75.
Harford County - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) continue to investigate the illegal removal of 22 roadside trees along Route 165 just south of Dooley Road near Whiteford.
On Thursday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. the Maryland Forest Service (MFS) received a report that the 22 trees had been cut down and removed from the area. The State Highway Administration through a special Streetscape Grant and in conjunction with the Whiteford-Cardiff-Pylesville-Street Community Council planted these trees along with others last year.
The NRP and the MFS are continuing a joint investigation. Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Maryland Natural Resources Police at 410 356-7060 or the Maryland Forest Service at 410 836-4579.
Worcester County – On Sunday, March 18, NRP arrested and charged Alan Robert Spencer, 22, of Shermans Dale, PA and a 17-year old girl from Dillsburg, PA with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), marijuana, and possession of CDS paraphernalia near Assateague State Park.
Maryland NRP located an abandoned vehicle partially blocking Rt. 611 at the entrance of the park at 7:15 a.m. Through further investigation it was determined that the 17-year old girl’s parents were unaware of her whereabouts. Several additional officers from NRP and the National Park Service arrived on the scene and began searching the area. Both occupants were later located without injury approximately four miles north of the state park boundary and transported back to the vehicle. Marijuana was located inside the vehicle. Spencer was released on personal recognizance and Juvenile Services released the 17-year old girl.
BOWHUNTER EDUCATION COURSE NOW ONLINE
ANNAPOLIS — Do you want to improve your bowhunting skills? Need certification to bow hunt out of state? Want instruction from experienced bowhunters? Want to meet fellow bowhunters?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you’ll want to register for the National Bowhunter Education Foundation Bowhunting Course sponsored by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The Bowhunter Education Course provides outstanding instruction, designed to make you a better and more responsible bowhunter.
The course starts online where participants learn the fundamentals of bowhunting and bowhunter responsibility. A Field / Testing Day follows, taught by certified Maryland Bowhunter Instructors.
At the Field / Testing Day participants receive classroom instruction and take part in outdoor skills activities. The program also includes a proficiency test and final examination.
For more information and Field / Testing Day locations and dates, go to the Hunter Education link at www.dnr.maryland.gov or visit the National Bowhunter Education Foundation website at http://www.nbef.org/.
March 19, 2007
The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 280 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 446,000 acres of public lands and 18,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov