Maryland Department of Natural Resources Policy: “Building Resilience to Climate Change”

As the lead agency in Maryland for climate change adaptation efforts, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued this policy to “provide direction and guidance regarding the Department’s investments in and management of land, resources and assets in the face of climate change.” The policy is “to make sound investments in land and facilities and to manage [DNR] assets and natural resources so as to better understand, mitigate and adapt to climate change.”

The policy is divided into practices, procedures, and implementation guidance for each of seven different topics: new land investments; facility/infrastructure siting and design; habitat restoration; government operations; research, monitoring and assessment; resource planning; and advocacy.

Proposed new land investments, including acquisitions and conservation easements, must be reviewed to assess potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise and to identify characteristics that could support ecosystem resilience. All proposed construction projects on DNR-owned lands must be assessed for vulnerabilities to climate change and sea level rise impacts. DNR is directed to incorporate climate change considerations into all new and updated resource management assessments and planning documents.

The policy also directs DNR to lead by example and encourage other state agencies and entities to consider climate change effects in infrastructure and land investment decisions and in facilities management.

Publication Date: October 15, 2010

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  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources


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User Comments:

  • March 20, 2017
    Jessica Grannis, Coastal Resilience Director at National Audubon Society

    Interesting model of a state agency using policy directive to integrate consideration of climate change into agency programs