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Frostburg State University Hosts Conference of Maryland Native Plant Society
09/17/2007

Frostburg State University is hosting Maryland Native Plant Society’s 2007 Annual Conference “Climate Change: Global Effects, Local Impacts, Western Maryland’s Flora – At Risk?” The conference is co-sponsored by FSU’s Department of Biology with support from The Nature Conservancy and will take place on Sept. 29 and 30 in 226 Compton Science Center.

The Maryland Native Plant Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, conserving and restoring Maryland’s native plants and habitats. They use education, research and community service to increase awareness and appreciation of native plants and their habitats, leading to their conservation and restoration. They provide opportunities to learn about habitats, plant identification and invasive plants though monthly meetings, field trips and workshops.

Western Maryland contains unique plants left over from the Ice Age which are in danger of extinction due to climate warming. The conference will take you on field trips to the locations of these plants to get a closer view of the sub-artic flora, including tamarack, wild calla, Canadian burnet, red spruce, small cranberry and bog fern.

The conference will cost $50 for members, $65 for non members and FSU students and staff may register for $20. There will also be a social on Saturday evening which is $20 for students and $30 for non students.

For more information, a schedule of events and to register for the conference visit the Web site at www.mdflora.org/events/fall2007/fall2007conference.html or call Beth Johnson at (301) 949-6338. All proceeds from the conference benefit the Maryland Native Plant Society's programs and activities.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu