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Old 06-11-2009, 05:42 PM   #1
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Exotic invasive species threaten trees and forests
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Written by Richard Kerns
Tuesday, 09 June 2009 18:53

The Appalachian Independent | Exotic invasive species threaten trees and forests
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The Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg on Tuesday June 16th at 7 pm. The guest speaker will be Becky Wilson, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service. Ms. Wilson will give her PowerPoint presentation called "Insects and Disease in the Lives of Forests and Trees". Her program will begin immediately following a brief business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

According to Ms. Wilson, "trees and forests draw us to their beauty, solitude and splendor. We appreciate these and all of the products and services they provide including wood and wildlife, clean water and air. There are many exotic and invasive pests and diseases that are threatening the health of our forests and urban trees. There is little natural resiliency because these invaders have not historically been part of the local forest systems". During Becky Wilson's presentation you'll learn about significant pest and disease threats to our forests and tree resources. Information on Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Emerald Ash Borer, and others will be presented. With Ms. Wilson's help, you will learn to identify these insects and diseases and the current level of threat in our region.
The Maryland Native Plant Society uses education, research, and community service to increase awareness and appreciation of native plants and their habitats leading to their conservation and restoration. Membership is open to all who are interested in Maryland's native plants and their habitats. Preserving Maryland's natural heritage, increasing knowledge about native plants, and helping to further the Society's mission are our goals. MNPS sponsors monthly meetings, workshops, field trips, and an annual fall conference. For more information, visit www.mdflora.org


The Western Mountains Chapter has formed to expand the efforts of MNPS on the Allegheny Plateau and Ridge & Valley physiographic provinces of the central-Appalachians. Residents of western Maryland, nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and anyone else interested in learning more about and conserving the native plants of this region are invited to join. For more information visit the chapter web site at www.mdflora.org/chapters.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:48 PM   #2
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Wish I could go, but it's about four hours from here. I'm hoping there'll soon be a meeting where I can get home the same day.
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I like going to listen to people speak when they're within driving range of an hour or so. It would take the fun out of it if I had to spend 4 hours in a car to hear someone speak for an hour to turn around and go home.
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