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DNR Seeks Citizen Input On Use Of Public Lands For Wind Energy Generation
Public Meetings, Online Comment Period Planned for January
Annapolis, MD — From January 23 to February 23, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will solicit citizen input to help guide the development of a state policy governing the use of public lands to host wind power turbines and related infrastructure. The public process is being initiated in part in response to recent private requests to lease property in Savage River State Forest to site wind energy generators.
“Maryland is committed to developing clean, renewable energy sources that support a healthy environment,” said DNR Secretary John R. Griffin. “However, our public lands belong to Maryland’s citizens and it is critical they have a voice in a decision-making process that could forever change our rural landscape.”
In January, DNR will hold two public meetings, one in Western Maryland and one in Annapolis, to provide general information on wind energy and to obtain opinions and suggestions regarding the use of Maryland’s public lands. Comments will also be accepted online.
During the public process, DNR will reach out to state and local elected officials, the Savage River Forest Advisory Committee and other stakeholders for input.
“The information we receive from our citizens will be a critical component of our policy development,” added Griffin.
December 11, 2007
Contact: Olivia Campbell
410-260-8016 office I 410-507-7525 cell
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 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 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 12 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