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, all volunteer, citizen’s 501©(3) organization (FED ID# 52-2049562) 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.

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.

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!

Board of Directors

Chuck Hecker, President – Retired Park Ranger Major
Tim Casey, Secretary/Treasurer – Retired Corporate Executive
Mel Poole, Vice President – Retired Superintendent Catoctin National Park

Stacy Schaefer – Executive Director Charles Co. Resilience Authority.         Rick Decker – Retired Executive, Department of the Army                                   Sarah Witcher – Natural Resource Biologist                                                    Fran Gower –  Retired Lieutenant, Natural Resources Police               
Rusty Ruszin – Retired Park Ranger Colonel, Superintendent, MPS     Wendell Jones – Retired Park Ranger Lieutenant