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DNR Welcomes Public Input On Old Bohemia WMA

Comment deadline is March 30

Photo of the property

Annapolis, Md. (March 1, 2012) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on the 15-year vision for Old Bohemia Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The 1,003-acre property was acquired by DNR in 2009 and is located in lower Cecil County, north of Warwick. The DNR will accept public comment on the plan through March 30, 2012.

“Public comments will help wildlife professionals establish a plan for future wildlife habitat and recreation management on the property,” said Ken D’Loughy, Regional Manager and Plan Coordinator for DNR’s Wildlife & Heritage Service.

The vision plan was developed to effectively establish long-term management goals. Once a plan for the property is devised, the changes and enhancements will be carried out over the next 15 years. The plan will gather input on how to best establish and manage natural resources and public access for outdoor recreation. It will also address ways to conserve, restore and protect the area’s sensitive wildlife habitats, and enhance and create habitat for game species.

The property was originally part of the Province Property acquisition, a group of parcels in Cecil County and southern Maryland, held in continuous ownership by the Jesuits for over 300 years. The Old Bohemia property was part of the first Catholic establishment on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

To view the plan, visit dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/OldBo_WMAForum/OldBohemiaWMA_DraftPlan.pdf.

Written comments may be sent to Ken D’Loughy, DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service,11960 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Citizens may also comment by phone at 301-258-0817, by fax to 301-258-9607 or online, at dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/OldBo_WMAForum/Vision_Plan.asp.


   March 1, 2012

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million 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 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. 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