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Maryland issues draft state recreation plan for public comment

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a Draft Land Preservation & Recreation Plan and is taking public comments until Feb. 14. DNR intends to issue a final report in March.

The plan covers activities on state lands. For details, see http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2014/01/27/dnr-seeking-public-input-on-proposed-recreation-plan-for-state-lands/.

The draft report says “there is a need to expand trails for all types of users.” It also cited “inconsistent coordination of local, county, and state planning efforts.” Therefore, it says, Maryland needs to work better to connect and coordinate state and local trails.

The plan says that DNR needs to expand its outreach and education efforts.

And it says “(c)onflicts in trail use between different user groups need to be resolved.”

And given the tenor of the times, the report notes recreations contributions to the economy and suggests an economic impact study of trails and greenways.

And the state needs to do more to provide trail maps and information at trailheads and visitor centers. The info should include safety information on everything from poison ivy to deer ticks one might encounter along the trails.

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