The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has formally dedicated the Gary A. Yoder Fish Management Area at the Carrie Dixon property in Allegany County in honor of the 30-year DNR employee, who was instrumental in efforts to restore and promote fishing opportunities in the region. Yoder, who passed away suddenly last year, was DNR’s first manager of Deep Creek Lake and later worked extensively in land acquisition and planning. The Carrie Dixon parcel was DNR’s first acquisition for public boating and fishing access on the North Branch of the Potomac River.
“This is a well-deserved recognition of one of Maryland’s most dedicated employees,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “The fishery will serve as a lasting testament to Gary’s service and dedication to our State’s natural areas as well as a place for Maryland families to enjoy outdoor activities together.”
The Gary A. Yoder Fish Management Area is a fitting tribute to Yoder’s life and work, as he was a champion for Western Maryland natural resources, public lands and freshwater fishing. He was very involved in drawing visitors, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts to the Western corner of the State, increasing tourism and contributing to the economy.
At the dedication ceremony, members of the Yoder family, DNR Secretary John Griffin, Senator George Edwards and Delegate Wendell Beitzel spoke about Yoder’s lasting legacy and dedication to Maryland’s many natural resources. Several representatives from Trout Unlimited and DNR were in attendance to dedicate the naming.
DNR placed a new dedication sign in the area and renovated the space with a picnic table and bench, making it more accessible for Maryland families.
“Gary had a huge impact on DNR and his coworkers,” said Secretary Griffin. “It’s only fitting that we dedicate a place that will continue to give back to Western Maryland and all its visitors in his honor.”
Yoder lead DNR in acquiring the Carrie Dixon Property, which is now the Gary A. Yoder Fishing Management Area. The Board of Public Works approved the naming in late February.
source: MD DNR press release