About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Natural Resources
(a)   In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b)    (1)   “Charge” means price or fee asked for services, entertainment, recreation performed, or products offered for sale on land or in return for invitation or permission to enter or go upon land.
(2)   “Charge” does not include:
(i)   The sharing of game, fish, or other products of recreational use;
(ii)   Benefits to the land arising from the recreational use; or
(iii)   Contributions in kind or services to promote the management or conservation of resources on the land.
(c)   “Educational purpose” includes:
(1)   Nature study;
(2)   Farm visitations for purposes of learning about the farming operation;
(3)   Practice judging of livestock, dairy cattle, poultry, other animals, agronomy crops, horticultural crops, or other farm products;
(4)   Organized visits to farms by school children, 4–H clubs, FFA clubs, and others as part of their educational programs;
(5)   Organized visits for purposes of participating in or observing historical reenactments as part of an educational or cultural program; and
(6)   Observation of historical, archaeological, or scientific sites.
(d)    (1)   “Land” means land, roads, paths, trails, water, watercourses, private ways and buildings, structures, and machinery or equipment when attached to realty.
(2)   “Land” does not include any structure or equipment provided by a unit of local government for the purpose of public recreation.
(e)   “Off–highway vehicle” or “OHV” means a motor–assisted or motor–driven vehicle that is:
(1)   Designed for or capable of cross–country travel on or directly over land, snow, or other natural terrain; and
(2)   Not intended for use on public roads.
(f)   “Owner” means the owner of any estate or other interest in real property, whether possessory or nonpossessory, including the grantee of an easement.
(g)   “Recreational purpose” means any recreational pursuit.