Amended alcohol policy takes effect in Md. forests

June 06, 2010|By HEATHER LOWERY

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources recently amended its alcohol policy to permit the use of alcohol at state forest campsites. The change went into effect in May.

At the same time, the policy prohibiting alcohol in Maryland's state parks, including at family campgrounds, remains in place, the DNR said in an e-mailed release.

Under the previous policy, alcohol was prohibited in state parks and state forests.

"We were going to make it prohibited at state forests, but because they are so remote and so far away from each other, we didn't have the same number of incidents occurring there as we did at the state parks," said Josh Davidsburg, senior communications manager for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

For the most part, "Alcohol is banned everywhere but the campsites in the state forests," he said.

Alcohol is allowed in state parks only at designated pavilions and only with a permit, but is still prohibited at campsites in state parks, Davidsburg said.


Should problems arise because of irresponsible consumption of alcohol, the policy can be revised, DNR said.

"It's something we're keeping an eye on," Davidsburg said. "If we see an increase in the incidents, we will revisit the policy."

Following are the state parks and forests where the alcohol policy applies:

Western Maryland

Big Run State Park, Casselman River Bridge State Park, Cunningham Falls State Park, Dans Mountain State Park, Deep Creek Lake State Park, Fort Frederick State Park, Gambrill State Park, Garrett State Forest, Gathland State Park, Greenbrier State Park, Green Ridge State Forest, Herrington Manor State Park, New Germany State Park, Potomac State Forest, Rocky Gap State Park, Savage River State Forest, South Mountain State Park, Swallow Falls State Park, Washington Monument State Park and Youghiogheny River State Park

Southern Maryland

Calvert Cliffs State Park, Cedarville State Forest, Chapel Point State Park, Chapman State Park, Greenwell State Park, Point Lookout State Park, Purse State Park, Rosaryville State Park, Sandy Point State Park, Smallwood State Park, St. Clement's Island State Park and St. Mary's River State Park

Eastern Maryland

Assateague State Park, Janes Island State Park, Martinak State Park, Pocomoke State Forest, Pocomoke River State Park, Tuckahoe State Park and Wye Oak State Park

Central Maryland

Elk Neck State Park, Elk Neck State Forest, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Hart-Miller Island State Park, North Point State Park, Patapsco Valley State Park, Patuxent River State Park, Rocks State Park, Seneca Creek State Park, Stoney Demonstration Forest and Susquehanna State Park

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