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Learn More about the Region’s Native Plants and Their Uses During Free Workshop at New Germany State Park

Regional landowners who are interested in learning more about the native plants in Western Maryland and their many uses are invited to attend a forest plant sustainability workshop Saturday, June 16, at New Germany State Park near Grantsville, Md. The event, hosted by the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies at Frostburg State University, is free and open to the public.

“This is a great opportunity for landowners to get really hands-on with native plants and find out more about the diverse botany of this region,” said Dr. Linda Lyon, assistant professor in FSU’s biology department and the key organizer of the workshop.

Registration for the workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. at the large shelter within the park. Presentations will be offered from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., followed by lunch. After lunch, participants will depart for medicinal plant hikes and a visit to Elk Ridge Nature Works, where they can purchase native plants to use in their own landscaping and gardening projects. Transportation will be provided.

Workshop topics will include:

  • History of Herbal Medicine
  • Collection, Preservation and Evaluation of Black Cohosh
  • Conserving the Appalachian Medicinal Plant Industry
  • Battling Invasive Plants

For more information on the workshop, contact Lyon at (301) 687-4213 or e-mail

The mission of the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies is to study native plants with medicinal or other useful properties, to promote the conservation of these plants and Appalachian ecosystems as a whole, to preserve Appalachian culture as it relates to wild plant harvesting and traditional use and to promote the economic benefit to the region that may be derived from managed development of botanical resources.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at

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

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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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