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Management Plan

The mission of the FSU Arboretum is to provide a growing, sustainable and safe resource for the campus and regional communities to engage in education, research, observation and contemplation while maintaining the natural miniature of the mountains of Appalachia. To this end a management plan has been constructed to meet these goals.

1. The first and foremost part of the management plan is to remove invasive plant species growing in the Arboretum. As the Arboretum has not been well maintained in the past many species of invasive plants (such as Japanese Knotweed) have become a major problem within this vital resource. By removing these alien invaders we can reach one of our goals of maintaining the natural setting of the Appalachia mountains.

2. Several different types of planting will be constructed within the Arboretum to increase the conservation awareness and aesthetic properties of the Arboretum. These planting may include:

  • Native plants of Maryland.
  • Native plants of the Appalachia Mountains
  • Medical plants from the US (and some possibly from around the world with careful selection).
  • Aesthetically pleasing plantings that will serve to draw visitors from the surrounding area.

3. To increase the teaching and research potential of the arboretum, plantings will also be instructed to meet the needs of particular classes (e.g., Ethnobotany, Dendrology, Geography, Plant Physiology, Plant taxonomy) offered by Frostburg State University and other surrounding institutes of learning (ACM, Appalachian Laboratory). Instructional/identificational markers for self-guided tours and general information for people visiting the Arboretum will be installed.

gazebo at entrance to arboretum
Gazebo at entrance to Arboretum

plant in arboretum
Blue Cohosh