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MNPS 2005 Annual Fall Conference, "Baltimore's Urban and Suburban Forests: People and Plants in Partnership"

  • 10/01/2005
  • 10/02/2005
  • The Lodge at Oregon Ridge, Baltimore County

Baltimore's Urban and Suburban Forests:
People and Plants in Partnership

Conference Brochure and Registration Form

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Saturday, October 1, 2005

Schedule of Planned Activities
8:30amRegistration opens
9:30amWelcome Address
Carole Bergmann, MNPS President
Ann Lundy, Conference Co-Chair
10:00amNative Plants in the Ecosystem: Cornerstone to Biological Diversity
Richard Pais, Consulting Ecologist
Native plant communities are products of geology, soil, water, climate, and wildlife. The less disturbed the site, the greater the richness and diversity of the native plant community. Development often changes the ecology of a region in unpredictable and undesirable ways. Changing our focus from preservation to conservation may be the only way to safeguard our native landscape.
10:45amUrban Environmental Effects on Forest Ecosystems: The Baltimore Ecosystem Study and Other Ecological Studies
Richard V. Pouyat, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service
Can forests survive urbanization? How can they best be managed, in order to preserve them? Recent urban ecological research can guide better strategies for forest survival in cities and suburbs.
11:45amForest Sustainability and Baltimore County's Green Renaissance
Donald C. Outen, AICP, Natural Resource Manager, Baltimore County DEPRM
Through its Green Renaissance Initiative, Baltimore County has made significant progress toward forest sustainability, working through new partnerships and implementing innovative projects to increase forest cover and stewardship in both urban and rural communities. Hear why the County has recently been designated a "Nature-Friendly Community" by the Consortium on Biodiversity and Land Use.
12:30pmClosing Remarks: People and Plants in Partnership - What Can We Do?
Louisa Thompson, Conference Co-Chair
12:45pmAwards Presentation
Carole Bergmann, MNPS President
1:00pmBox Lunch (provided for those who pre-registered)
2:00pmField Trips
4:00pmRestrooms and trails open at Banneker Park
6:30pmBuffet Dinner, Silent Auction, and Social at
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum.
To donate items to the Silent Auction, contact Joyce Holmes, Deliver items to the Banneker Museum on Saturday, October 1, from 6:00 - 7:00pm.

Sunday, October 2, 2005

Field Trips
variesLocations TBA
2:00 - 5:30 pm (approximate)Leave from Oregon Ridge Park

Field trip descriptions.

Directions to the Lodge at Oregon Ridge and Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum.

Local places to stay.

Early registration is advised. Registration fee includes lunch. Registration at the door does not include lunch. Saturday evening dinner will cost an additional $25.

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

The conference is sponsored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter. For more information or to volunteer, contact the conference committee, fallconference @

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