September 26, 2020

Maryland DNR Giving Away Public Lands For Private Use??

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I received an email the other day from Sid Turner with an announcement about at meeting to discuss Maryland public land that has been closed to the public and made available to a private lodging establishment and their guests. Not wanting to believe what I was reading, I returned an email asking for more information to verify this as authentic and got pictures and contact information where I could verify.

In the notice about the public meeting, I read that Delegate George Edwards would be at this meeting. I have contacted his office and have as of this blog not heard anything back. Following further research, I now can sadly report that I have every reason to believe this is a true event.

If you live in Maryland, I would strongly encourage you to attend this meeting or at least contact your delegate and let them know how you feel about the state closing public lands to the public and turning it into a private hunting preserve for one abutting business owner. Everybody else will want to keep tabs on this story, as I will, as it can have sweeping effects on all of us.

Here is the first email as I received if from Sid Turner announcing the meeting.

CITIZENS AND HUNTERS MEETING
THIS MEETING WILL BE TO GATHER INPUT AND SUGGESTIONS PERTAINING TO THE STATE/DNR ALLOWING “SAVAGE RIVER LODGE” TO POST AND USE PUBLIC LAND FOR LODGE GUEST AND LODGE OWNERS. APPROXIMATELY 75 ACRES OF STATE HUNTING AND PUBLIC LAND HAS BEEN POSTED NO HUNTING NO WEAPONS BY THE STATE OF MARYLAND AND THE DNR FOR THE EXCLUSIVE USE BY LODGE GUEST AND ITS OWNERS. THE STATE HAS ALSO PROVIDED A RIGHT-OF-WAY ACROSS STATE LAND TO THE LODGE AND THIS RIGHT-OF-WAY IS POSTED AS WELL. SIGNS ARE POSTED AT THE RIGHT-OF-WAY ENTRANCE TO STAY OFF AND STAY OUT UNLESS YOU ARE A GUEST OF THE LODGE. THIS PREVENTS ACCESS TO THE 640 ACRES OF STATE LAND SURROUNDING SAVAGE RIVER LODGE. STATE EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN USED TO CUT TRAILS AND BUILD BRIDGES ON THIS 640 ACRES OF YOUR STATE LAND FOR THE USE OF LODGE GUEST AND OWNERS. LODGE OWNERS ARE ALSO ALLOWED THE UNRESTRICTED USE OF GATORS (ATV’S) TO TRAVEL THE TRAILS ON STATE LAND. BE AWARE THIS CAN AND WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR STATE HUNTING LANDS IF WE DON’T STOP THE ABUSE NOW. THE STATE LAND BELONGS TO YOU THE HUNTER, THE HIKER THE CITIZEN. PUBLIC LAND IS NOT FOR THE CHOSEN FEW TO POST AND CLAIM AS THEIR OWN. HELP US RECLAIM YOUR LAND. THE MEETING WILL BE TO COLLECT SUGGESTIONS AND INPUT SO THE POSTED SIGNS CAN BE REMOVED AND YOU THE PUBLIC CAN USE THE STATE GIVEN RIGHT-OF-WAY TO DRIVE INTO THIS PUBLIC LAND FOR USE BY ALL. THIS MUST BE DONE IN A LEGAL MANNER AND WITH THE PUBLICS SUPPORT. DELEGATE EDWARDS WILL BE ON HAND TO LISTEN AND SHARE HIS IDEAS AND WELL AS THE MEDIA. PLEASE BE ORDERLY AND CORDIAL.

WHERE: AVILTON COMMUNITY BUILDING IN AVILTON. 1.5 MILES OFF EXIT 24, SOUTH ON THE AVILTON LONACONING RD.

WHEN: SUNDAY NOV. 19TH AT 5PM.

Tom Remington

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