Friends of Maryland State Forests and Parks, Inc.
Dedicated to preserving, protecting, improving and expanding our Maryland State Parks.
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About Us

The Friends of Maryland State Parks (FMSP) is a statewide non-profit, independent, volunteer, citizen’s 501©(3) organization formed in 1997 to preserve, protect, enhance and advocate for our state parks — one of Maryland’s most precious treasures. We believe state parks are public lands that belong to “all citizens” and future generations.

Through volunteerism, advocacy and fundraising, the Friends of Maryland State Parks (FMSP) Foundation aims to achieve the FMSP initiatives and goals.

The FMSP Foundation focuses on investments in our state parks that provide: economic value to local economies, nature programs for children, critical maintenance and capital improvements for our parks, and healthy lifestyles for park visitors.

Over the generations, Maryland has fallen from one of America’s premier State Park Systems to one that struggles to sustain itself. Now is the time to reverse the downward trend and build a foundation to ensure the beauty and benefits of your State Parks for today’s park visitors and future generations.

Value of Your Maryland State Parks

Healthy Lifestyle

Maryland State parks offer opportunities and programs that enhance the health and wellness of its users.

Environmental Education & Appreciation

Your State parks offer hands-on outdoor learning opportunities for youth through programs such as the Junior Ranger, Conservation Jobs Corps and interpretive programs.

Cultural and Historical Preservation & Restoration

Maryland State Parks include many historical and cultural sites such as Fort Frederick, Harriet Tubman, and the Casselman River Bridge. Facilities like these will continue to degrade without your help!

Economic Development

Your State parks provides a significant benefit to the local economies throughout Maryland – $26 return for every $1 invested for a total of $650+ million annually (Maryland State Parks Economic Impact and Visitor Study, 2010).

Board of Directors

Mel Poole, President – Retired Superintendent Catoctin National Park
Sarah Witcher, Treasurer – Natural Resource Specialist , Former Assistant Park Manager Gunpowder Falls State Park
Tim Casey, Secretary – Retired Corporate Executive
Chuck Hecker, Retired Park Ranger Major
Rick Decker, Retired Executive Department of the Army
Wendell Jones, Retired Park Ranger Lieutenant
Rusty Ruszin, Retired Park Ranger Colonel, Superintendent of Maryland Park Service
Tom Donlin, Retired County Director of Parks and Recreation, Former Director MD Recreation and Parks Assn