The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) announced today that it will use an emergency supplemental appropriation to help cover a “survey or surveyor safety package” to support the agency’s land surveyors, in order to expedite its response to the wildfires.
The land survey program provides support to landowners in areas affected by natural hazards, such as landslides and flooding, as well as the protection of endangered species and habitats.
This funding is part of MDNR’s efforts to provide additional resources to protect residents, communities and economic viability during the fires.
The land survey programs have been authorized by the state’s Emergency Management Act and have been implemented since April 2, 2018.
However, the MDNR requested that a supplemental appropriation be approved for these programs because the funding to support them has not been appropriated by the General Assembly.
“The land surveying program is an important tool in responding to the wildfire crisis, but more funding is needed,” said MDNR Director John F. O’Malley in a statement.
“We need to ensure that the supplemental appropriation is appropriated quickly, in an expedited manner, and with the resources it will require to protect and assist the state and surrounding communities in the immediate aftermath of this devastating wildfire.”
According to the announcement, this supplemental appropriation will support the following programs:The land surveys will be conducted through the MDNS National Forests and Watershed Program, with an agreement with the Department of Forests, in conjunction with the MD National Wildlife Refuge System.
This agreement will provide the state with an additional $2.5 million for the land survey and $4.8 million for each of the surveyor’s safety packages.
This additional $4 million is to support additional land surveys, including an additional survey of the area.
The surveyor packages will be delivered in late June.
The first survey of all the land surveys is expected to be completed in mid-June, and the surveyors safety packages will begin shipping in July.
MDNR will use this additional funding to assist the land surveys in order for them to be performed in a timely and effective manner.MDNR will utilize $4,400,000 of the supplemental emergency supplemental appropriations for the following land surveys:Land surveys are scheduled to begin in late-June and be completed by July.