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MNPS 2009 Annual Fall Conference, "The Catoctin Mountains: Maryland's Blue Ridge"

  • 09/26/2009
  • 09/27/2009
  • Walkersville, Frederick County, MD

The Catoctin Mountains:
Maryland's Blue Ridge

Glade Valley Church of the Brethren
Walkersville, Frederick County

September 26 - 27, 2009

Our annual fall conference starts Saturday morning with a series of speakers, followed by afternoon and Sunday field trips throughout the region.

Download the 2009 Annual Conference Brochure (PDF, ~60 KB)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Schedule of Planned Activities
9:00 amRegistration opens
9:45 amWelcome
10:00 amHigh Mountain Flora
Elizabeth Byers
The world's mountains share remarkably similar ecological themes, including adaptation to extreme environments, high degrees of endemism, topographic complexity, and compaction of climatic zones. Looking at the extraordinary plants that grow on Mt. Everest, Mt. Kenya, Mt. Huascarán, and ending up back home in the lovely central Appalachians, Elizabeth will highlight some of the threats to these fragile ecosystems, and explore potential ways to preserve them.
11:00 amBreak
11:30 amMaryland’s Blue Ridge Mountains in their Appalachian Context 
Woodward Bousquet
Today's Catoctin flora has been shaped by geologic history, glacial epochs and its location within the Appalachian chain. These mountains serve as corridors and refugia for native plants and animals. Woody will place the Blue Ridge flora in its Appalachian context by discussing the mountains' formation and subsequent changes.
12:30 pmClosing Remarks
12:45 pmLunch (provided for those who pre-registered)
1:00 pmField Trips
6:30 pmDinner and Social

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Field Trips
10:00 amField Trips

Field Trip Descriptions



Speaker Biographies

Registration and Fees

Photo Contest winners will be on display during the conference and social.

Native Treasures Sale

All proceeds from the conference benefit the Maryland Native Plant Society's programs and activities.

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