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From the Ground Up: FSU, Community Plant the Future of Frostburg as Tree City, USA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Frostburg State University   
Monday, 04 November 2013 09:28


On the cool autumn morning of Oct. 21, students from Frostburg State University dropped their papers, pencils and books in exchange for shovels and garden gloves. As part of a Forest Ecology and Conservation Biology class’ service learning project, students and community members joined together for a collaborative effort to turn the local area into “Tree City USA,” by planting tree saplings along Frost Avenue in downtown Frostburg, Md.

“After FSU became a ‘Tree Campus USA’, we’ve been working to make Frostburg ‘Tree City, USA’” said Dr. Sunshine Brosi, an assistant professor in the FSU Department of Biology and chair of the Campus Tree Advisory committee. “It’s our way of highlighting sustainability in the community as well as on campus.”

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Calvert County Responds to Fracking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Glick   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 12:53

More than 300 people attend Calvert County town hall meeting concerning controversial proposal to export fracked gas from Maryland to Asia

The first town hall meeting concerning the risks of the proposed Cove Point LNG export terminal in Maryland was held Tuesday night, October 23. It was a big and rousing success. At least 300 people attended, most of them local residents. It was held at the Southern Community Center in Lusby, Md. in Calvert County, just a few miles from where Dominion Resources wants to build an industrial terminal to export fracked natural gas -- piped in from Appalachia -- and ship it to India and Japan. The $3.8 billion facility would chill the gas to 270 degrees below zero, turning it into liquid for 1000-foot-long shipping tankers coming into the Bay. ...

Stepping into the Same River Twice to be Unveiled - Reading and Artist Talk Slated PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Savage River Watershed Assocation   
Monday, 21 October 2013 16:55
Stepping The Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA) is pleased to announce the publication of Stepping into the Same River Twice, a Limited Edition book of paintings by Patricia Hilton and prose by Barbara Hurd.  
Active members of the Savage River Watershed Association, Hilton and Hurd will donate all proceeds from book sales to SRWA to support the protection and preservation of the Savage River Watershed—one of Western Maryland's most unique and valuable natural areas.
According to SRWA board member Annie Bristow, "The Stepping into the Same River Twice” show in June at Cumberland's Gilchrist Gallery generated so much interest that we decided to gather the prose and artwork and offer them to the public in a more permanent fashion."
The result—a 56 ...
Management Strategies in DC Urban Forests Discussed at Next Native Plant Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013 06:52

Mitch outdoor shotThe Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg on Tuesday October 15 at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker will be Mitch Hall, Graduate Student, Frostburg State University. His presentation titled “Prioritizing Management Strategies in Washington DC Urban Forests” will begin immediately following a brief chapter meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

According to Hall, data collected by the Urban Forestry Administration in the District of Columbia were used in combination with a Pest Vulnerability Matrix to examine patterns of vulnerability and diversity in areas of the District for optimization of forestry management decisions. An assessment of localized pest vulnerability, genus ...

Governor Martin O’Malley Hosts Maryland Climate Change Summit, Releases Final Greenhouse Gas Reducti PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MD- Press Release   
Friday, 26 July 2013 09:25

July 25th, 2013

Participants discuss actions Maryland is taking to address the impacts of climate change

BALTIMORE, MD - Governor Martin O'Malley hosted hundreds of scientists, business leaders, environmental advocates and community activists today at a climate change summit to celebrate the release of Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan (the Plan) and discuss how Marylanders can take action to help the State reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent by 2020.

"Climate change is not an ideological issue any more than gravity is: it's not about whether we move left or right, but whether we make the right choices for Marylanders. As severe weather events continue to grow in size and impact, and elongated trends of poor air quality ...


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