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Governor Martin O’Malley Invites Residents and Visitors to Explore the Wilds of Worcester
Public-Private Partnership Launches www.WildsofWorcester.com to Help People Embark on Their Own Outdoor Adventure
POCOMOKE CITY, MD — A new public, private, non-profit partnership, the Wilds of Worcester, recently began promoting the boundless eco-tourism opportunities in Worcester County, Md. Through webisodes and interactive graphics, the partnership’s new website, www.WildsofWorcester.com offers suggestions and contacts for cultural, historical, and outdoor activities that visitors and residents may enjoy in the area, as well as information about the plants and wildlife indigenous to Maryland’s only seaside county.
“With wild ponies on Assateague Island, herons and egrets along the Coastal Bays and bald cypress swamps along the Pocomoke River, few places offer more ways for people to enjoy nature than Worcester County,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.
Sponsors including Worcester County, Delmarva Low Impact Tourism Experiences, the state of Maryland, Ocean City.com and Maryland.com, challenge residents and visitors to explore the wilds of Worcester and share their adventures through photography, videos, itineraries, and writings. Entries will be posted on www.WildsofWorcester.com and visitors may vote online over the next year to help select the winning submissions. Winners will receive a free week-long getaway into the wilds of Worcester.
“Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts visit because of Worcester County’s wide variety of affordable eco-tourism opportunities,” said Lisa Challenger, Director or Tourism for Worcester County. “Our new website fills the need for outdoor activity and vacation ideas, as an ever growing number of visitors and residents rely on the internet to plan their trips and downtime.”
The website also features short webisodes sponsored by Worcester County and produced by Unscene Productions to inspire outdoor explorations and help people get the most out of their time in Worcester County. Hosted enthusiastically by Executive Director of Delmarva Low-Impact Tourism Experiences, Jim Rapp, the first video segments cover kayaking, bird watching and Assateague Island.
“Worcester County’s wild lands and waters are ideal for exploring our natural heritage, “ said Rapp. “Our parks and protected areas provide world-class birdwatching opportunities, our country roads are inviting to cyclists, and the scenic coastlines of our coastal bays and Pocomoke River are perfect for paddlers.”
Rapp pulls out highlights from his interviews with experts from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources as well as locals who know the rivers, beaches, birds, and bays inside and out for the 2-minute webisodes.
“We encourage people to take their children outdoors and explore the wilds of Worcester,” said Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin. “The more time spent outdoors, the greater connection and appreciation we each develop for nature. That connection and respect for our environment is critical to protecting our natural resources for the health and happiness of our children, grandchildren, and ourselves. We are thankful for the leadership of and partnership with Worcester County and hope the new website inspires more people to get outdoors.”
www.WildsofWorcester.com is produced and hosted by Maryland.com, a public company that publishes comprehensive tourism based websites covering Ocean City as well as the State of Maryland. If successful, the Maryland Office of Tourism hopes to work with Maryland.com and other local partners across the state to create similar campaigns.
“The Wilds of Worcester project is an excellent example of a successful public, private, non-profit partnership and will serve as a great pilot program for similar projects across the state,” said Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary, David Edgerley. “Nature based tourism is truly one more Maryland’s strongest tourism assets. We are excited to use this new social media component to engage visitors and locals to explore and share their experiences at www.wildsofworcester.com.”
Governor Martin O’Malley first promoted the Wilds of Worcester last week when he spent the day in Pocomoke City with members of his Executive Cabinet, declaring that city Maryland’s “Capital for a Day.” The monthly effort launched by Governor O’Malley brings the State Capital to every corner of Maryland through a series of events across a diverse selection of Maryland cities, towns and communities.
August 25, 2008
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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