Named Outdoor Recreational Ambassador in Wicomico County
May 27, 2021
“Deputy” Ambassadors Promote Outdoor Recreation in Maryland
A hunting outfitter, non-profit running club, special needs sports facility, and outdoor television program have been named Maryland Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors in Wicomico County to promote and expand access to state outdoor recreational opportunities.
Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz and Maryland Secretary for Natural Resources Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio named the ambassadors during on-site visits to their facilities. As part of their responsibilities, the ambassadors will continue to work to promote the state’s status as a leading destination for outdoor recreation.
The newest group of Maryland Outdoor Ambassador organizations are:
DOA (Delmarva Outdoor Adventure) outfitter, Mardela Springs, owned by Joe Austin. This retailer and hunt guide started out as a small family business and now offers hunting trips from New York to South Carolina to assist clients in tracking large game, sika and white-tailed deer, turkeys and waterfowl. In the warmer months, DOA offers crab fishing, fishing, and paddling trips. The company also owns a hunting lodge in Wicomico that can house up to 10 hunters and is a respected breeder of Red Fox Labrador Retrievers.
Eastern Shore Running Club, Salisbury, represented by Club Secretary Vanessa Junkin.
This nonprofit supports outdoor exercise by hosting group runs and social events, selling sporting goods to raise funds, and giving annual scholarships to high school seniors who are enthusiasts.
Field 7½, Salisbury, managed by Steve Miller, Wicomico County Parks and Recreation Director. Field 7 1⁄2, located in the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex, opened on May 8, 2021 and is designed to enable people with physical or mental disabilities to play baseball. The field – named because it was built between fields 7 and 8 – includes a synthetic surface for added security, adjacent reserved parking spaces, and amenities such as accessible pavilions, portalets and a changing room. The complex also includes an inclusive playground and walking path that is fully accessible and offers a wide range of tactile, physical and acoustic stimulations for children.
WBOC’s Outdoors Delmarva, hosted by Andrew Tawes. This program airs over the weekend and its online videos and blogs showcase outdoor recreational opportunities across the state, including family activities, fishing, hunting, and outdoor viewing experiences. Tawes also carries on a family tradition as the grandson of Scorchy Tawes, WBOC’s original outdoor reporter.
The “representation” of ambassadors was one of the recommendations of the Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic (MORE) commission, which was established in 2017 by Governor Larry Hogan by executive order.
Maryland’s outdoor recreation economy creates 109,000 direct jobs, $ 14 billion in consumer spending, $ 4.4 billion in wages and salaries, and $ 951 million in state and local tax revenue. Nationwide, the outdoor recreation industry generates $ 887 billion in consumer spending, supports $ 7.6 million in jobs, and provides $ 125 billion in tax revenue annually to federal, state, and local authorities.