Proclaims September 25 National Public Lands Day, Fishing and Hunting Day
ANNAPOLIS, MD—Gov. Larry Hogan today announced the creation of the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the hiring of J. Daryl Anthony as its first executive director.
“One of the hallmarks of our state is the stewardship of our lands and waters by the Marylanders who love them,” Governor Hogan said. “Our athletes were among the first environmentalists to support efforts to protect fish, wildlife and their habitat. Today, we honor this outdoor partnership while ensuring that it continues to grow with the establishment of Maryland’s first Office of Outdoor Recreation.
Anthony will work with the DNR, the Maryland Department of Commerce, and other agencies and stakeholders to support and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities and the economic benefits they produce. This includes implementing the recommendations of the Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic Commission (MOREC), which the governor created by order in council in 2017.
MNR Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and Maryland Commerce Department Secretary Kelly M. Schulz co-chaired the commission and continue to work to implement its recommendations, including naming dozens of companies and organizations as Maryland Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors. The outdoor recreation industry is of growing economic importance in both urban and rural areas. The US Bureau of Economic Analysis recently reported that outdoor recreation accounts for 2.2% of US GDP, generating $ 778 billion in gross output and supporting 5.2 million jobs.
The announcement comes ahead of National Public Lands Day and National Hunting and Fishing Day, both celebrated on September 25. The governor issued proclamations declaring the two Memorial Days in Maryland.
National Public Lands Day is an annual volunteer event for public lands, during which many parks and state-owned lands hold public cleanups and volunteer activities to help manage Maryland’s natural resources. National Hunt and Fish Day recognizes the importance of these traditional outdoor activities as a vital part of conservation efforts.
“I am honored and excited to help lead efforts to improve outdoor recreation in Maryland,” said Anthony. “With the leadership of Governor Hogan, Lieutenant Governor Rutherford, Secretary Riccio and Secretary Schulz, I believe this is an exciting time to develop and develop Maryland’s world-class outdoor recreation capabilities.”
J. Daryl Anthony. Anthony served 35 years with MNR, eventually as Assistant Secretary for Land Resources. He joined the DNR in 1983 as a ranger at Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County, and was regional director for the southern, central and western regions of the Maryland Park Service until Governor Hogan appointed him deputy secretary in 2015.
Anthony’s many accomplishments include leading efforts to create cutting-edge recreational opportunities such as the creation of two new all-terrain vehicle fleets. Since retiring in 2018, Anthony has remained active with the Maryland Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance and serves on several volunteer boards, including Friends of Carrie Murray Nature Center, NorthBay Adventures, Howard County Parks and Recreation, Garrett Trails and the Recreational Trails Program Advisory. Committee.
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