Named New Maryland Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors
May 5, 2021
Four Baltimore organizations promote outdoor recreation
Two nonprofits and two private companies have been named Maryland Outdoor Recreation Ambassadors, recognized for their efforts to promote and expand access to state outdoor recreational opportunities.
Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly 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 improve the state’s status as a leading destination for outdoor recreation.
The newest group of Maryland Outdoor Ambassador organizations are:
Black Girls Dive Foundation, Randallstown, co-founder of Dr. Nevada Winrow and Taylor Simon-Winrow. This organization enables and encourages young black women to engage in recreational swimming and diving. academic activities in marine science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and environmental responsibility. Activities include scuba and scientific diving, coral restoration using 3D printing technology, a diver education program in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Marine Sanctuaries; and travel to a national marine park in Egypt.
City Ranch, Windsor Mill, owned by Ahesahmahk and Jean Dahn. Opened in 2007, this nonprofit equestrian center provides riding and training opportunities for youth in Baltimore County and Baltimore City, and brings the horses to the children. The Dahns have worked with children in the Baltimore area for more than 30 years, working with school groups, teaching private and group lessons, and participating in parties and events, including partnering with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and bringing horses to the state of Maryland Fair.
Trout and over, Monkton, owned by Phil Gay and Carol Stevenson. This company has been providing personal fly fishing training and experience in the Baltimore area for more than 15 years, primarily on the Gunpowder River. Phil Gay is a retired naval officer who has been fly fishing since he was ten, and his wife Carol has been an avid fly fisherman for 25 years. Phil is a certified Master of Instructor from the Federation of Fly Fishers and has also produced instructional videos on fishing.
Backwater angler, Monkton, owned by Theaux Le Gardeur. This fly fishing shop and guide service has served Gunpowder River anglers for more than 20 years and employs four staff and four guides. Le Gardeur is authorized by the Maryland Park Service to offer guided fishing trips and instruction in the Hereford Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park. Le Gardeur is a public interest member of the State Water Quality Advisory Commission and has led sample collection volunteer groups for the Maryland Biological Stream Survey and other scientific surveys. He is also the managing director and riverkeeper of Gunpowder Riverkeepers.
To “depute” the ambassador was one of the recommendations of the Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic (MORE) Commission, which was founded by Governor Larry Hogan by executive order in 2017.
Maryland’s outdoor recreation economy already 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.