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Maryland Nominates Historic Potomac River Shipwreck As Marine Protected Area
Annapolis, Md. - At the invitation of NOAA, the State of Maryland recently announced its nomination of the U-1105 Black Panther Historic Shipwreck Preserve on the Potomac River to the national system of Marine Protected Areas as a site key for conservation.
“The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was pleased to work with the Maryland Historical Trust and the U.S. Navy to help coordinate the State’s participation in the national system of Marine Protected Areas, which lead to the nomination the U-1105 Black Panther Historic Shipwreck Preserve on the Potomac River as a site key for conservation,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “Through our coastal spatial planning and mapping initiatives, we will continue investigating opportunities for nominating additional Maryland sites to the system that address sustainable production or natural heritage areas.”
DNR is currently leading Maryland’s marine spatial planning and mapping initiatives to enhance sound coastal and marine resource conservation, management and restoration by completing detailed spatial assessments of coastal habitat, critical natural resources, and associated human uses.
April 27, 2009
Contact: Megan Rhoads
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