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Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival Features Several Speakers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Saturday, 07 May 2016 12:33

Several speakers will be featured at the third annual Mountain Maryland Native Plant Festival to be held at New Germany State Park on Saturday May 14th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. These digital presentations which are geared for teens and adults will be held in the New Germany Recreation Hall. The Maryland Native Plant Society and New Germany State Park are co-sponsoring this free event to highlight the importance of native plants in the landscape, as well as other critical conservation topics for our region.

From 10:30 to 11:30 am, Candy DeBerry, Professor of Biology at Washington and Jefferson College, will present Attracting Pollinators To Your Garden. As much as one third of the food we eat – from apples to zucchini – is dependent upon pollination of crop plants by ...

City of Frostburg seeking residents to serve on Green Team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by City of Frostburg   
Saturday, 07 May 2016 11:38

The City of Frostburg has recently been designated as a Registered Sustainable Maryland Certified municipality and the next step is to become a Certified municipality. As part of the Certification process, the Mayor and Council must appoint members to a “Green Team” to initiate sustainability endeavors in the City.


The Mayor and Council are seeking Frostburg residents to volunteer to serve on the “Green Team”. Interested individuals should be willing to leverage their skills and expertise to examine current sustainability efforts in the community and to make recommendations for improvement and/or change. Specifically, they are seeking four at-large community members and four representatives of community organizations/businesses to be part of the Green Team ...

UMCES Appalachian Lab Hosts Open House on May 7 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Friday, 22 April 2016 09:10

FROSTBURG, MD (April 22, 2016) – If you’re curious as to what four-year old children and river otters could possibly have in common (answer: they’re both "selective" eaters), visit the UMCES Appalachian Laboratory on Saturday, May 7 from 10 am to 2 pm for its annual Open House. No matter your age or background, you’ll have a chance to immerse yourself in hands-on experiments, interact with scientists working (and residing) in your community, and enjoy aerial drone demonstrations to learn how researchers are using this technology in our area. Activities include:

  • Shrink Your Foodprint - Learn how the food that you eat affects the climate.
  • The Dirt Doctor - Find out why soil is so critical to plants and animals.
  • What Does the Otter Eat? - Learn about the ecology ...
FSU to Focus on Sustainability and Climate Awareness at Focus Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 12:07

Focus Frostburg LogoFrostburg State University will once again be fully focused on sustainability and climate awareness during the upcoming Focus Frostburg event, an annual day of learning, on Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will feature green activities for everyone, including presentations in the Lane University Center.

Learn all about FSU’s climate action commitment from a wide range of presentations from faculty and students at the Lane Center, including those on the topics of access to quality food, environmental justice issues, deforestation, environmental activism, student activism, wildlife rehabilitation, bio-retention systems, environmental policy, renewable energy, resource conservation, green burials and fracking.

As part of an ...

ACM Plans Arbor Day Celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kara RogersThomas   
Sunday, 03 April 2016 09:24

Allegany College of Maryland will observe Arbor Day on Wednesday, April 20, with a presentation on the value of trees in our ecosystem, a presidential proclamation and a campus tree planting. The public is invited to participate.


The event, which starts at noon, features a talk by Donnelle Keech, Allegany Forest Projects director with The Nature Conservancy, an international conservation group that works to protect ecologically important lands and waters around the world.

In “From the Forest to Your Faucet,” Keech will link forests and trees with purification of the Earth’s water system. Closer to home, she’ll describe a project that is investing in trees to protect Cumberland’s water supply.

Keech, who leads Conservancy efforts in ...


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