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Arctic Flora to be Topic of Next Native Plant Society Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Monday, 02 February 2015 17:59

group1 The Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at Frostburg State University, Compton Science Center, Room 327, on Tuesday February 17th at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Dr. Sunshine Brosi, Frostburg State University Biology Department. Her presentation titled “The Brief Blooms of Alaska: Iñupiat Above the Arctic Circle” will begin immediately following a brief chapter meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

 

Ethnobotany students and staff pose for a group photo at their base camp near the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Dr. Sunshine Brosi, Frostburg State University, can be seen in the center of the back row in a blue jacket.

 

Last summer Sunshine Brosi taught a field ...

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Frostburg Christmas Tree Collections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Woody Getz   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:50

Curbside Collections of Christmas Trees

The Street Department for the City of Frostburg will do curbside collection of natural/real Christmas Trees for recycling on the following Fridays: January 9, 16, and 23.

Residents must remove all tinsel, decorations, lights, etc… and place the bare tree(s) at the curb by 7:00 a.m. on the collection days. No artificial trees will be collected.

For questions regarding any of these services, please feel free to call City Hall at 301-689-6000 or the Street Department at 301-689-6111.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:50
 
Secretary of the Environment to Step Down PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Apperson   
Monday, 29 December 2014 21:24

BALTIMORE, MD (Dec. 23, 2014) – Robert M. Summers, Ph.D., Secretary of the Environment for the State of Maryland, announced last week that he will resign from his position, effective Jan. 6, 2015.

Secretary Summers’ resignation will mark the end of more than three decades of State service. Deputy Secretary David A. Costello has agreed to accept the position of Interim Secretary of the Department of the Environment, effective upon Secretary Summers’ departure.

“Thanks to the dedication and hard work of MDE staff, we have accomplished much in all areas of the environment,” said Secretary Summers. “I know that the citizens of Maryland highly value and need the work that we do at MDE.”

In a message to MDE staff this morning, Secretary Summers ...

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Governor O’Malley issues Executive Order to expand Commission on Climate Change PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Governor's Office   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:38

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 19, 2014) – Building on the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to address the effects of climate change, Governor Martin O’Malley today issued an executive order that expands the membership (list attached), mission and work of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change.

The Executive Order states that more must be done to achieve the State’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland and prepare State and local governments as well as residents for the likely health, environmental and socioeconomic effects of climate change. The requirements of the Executive Order include an expansion of the Commission membership and the development of a plan to achieve an 80 percent, science-based reduction in Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas ...

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ATHENS, OHIO, BANS FRACKING PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tish O'Dell   
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 10:34

ATHENS, OHIO: Last night, residents of Athens, OH, overwhelmingly asserted their rights to clean air, water, and to local self-governance, banning fracking and frack wastewater injection wells through the adoption of a Community Bill of Rights. They join a growing number of communities across the U.S. that are uniting to assert their rights to protect themselves and create a sustainable future.

 

Athens residents adopted their rights-based fracking ban with 78% of the vote. They join Yellow Springs, Oberlin, Mansfield, and Broadview Heights, OH, which also adopted Community Bills of Rights banning fracking, beginning in 2012.

Ohio residents became concerned about fracking and related activities, such as wastewater injection wells, when they began entering the ...

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