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2015 MNPS Annual Fall Conference "Shifting Sands: Coastal Plain Flora from Wetlands to Upland"

  • 09/19/2015
  • 8:30 AM
  • 09/20/2015
  • 3:00 PM
  • Salisbury, MD

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Shifting Sands: Coastal Plain Flora from Wetlands to Upland

September 19-20, 2015

Co-sponsored by Salisbury University

Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD


Conference: Henson Science Hall 
Evening Social: Worcester Room of the Commons Building

Conference Registration Fee:

Members: $75 (before Aug. 1: $65)
Nonmembers: $85 (before Aug. 1 $75)
(includes the morning speakers, lunch, afternoon field trips and Sunday field trips)

Saturday Social, includes dinner: $30
(The Social is a separate fee from the Registration fee. If you are interested in only the Social, contact Karyn Molines:

Fall Conference Web Page

The lower Eastern Shore is rich in biodiversity. From towering forests to creeks, rivers and bays; from the smallest lichens to the biggest bald cypress trees you likely have ever seen, the wildly diverse ecosystems of the lands surrounding Salisbury in Wicomico County beckon us to explore and learn about this intriguing area. During our 2015 conference we will enjoy wonderful speakers and leaders who will unlock these treasures. Please join us!

Accommodations several hotels will offer discounts for the conference.

AGENDA (download pdf)

Saturday September 19


8:30 Registration in Henson Hall

9:15 Welcome and Introduction

9:25 Chris Frye - Land-use Legacies and Beyond: The Shifting Sands and Flora of the Eastern Shore

10:30 Break; Silent Auction opens

10:45 James Lendemer - Native Lichens of Delmarva and the Mid-Atlantic Coast: Stunning Diversity with an Uncertain Future

11:20 Joan Maloof - Update on Old Growth Forest Network

11:30 Andrew Landsman, Grant Recipient - Update on Project

12:00 Announcements, followed by lunch, Silent Auction open


1:00 - 5:00 Field trips (download pdf, includes Sat & Sun) Directions and further information will be available at the conference.

NOTE: As of August 13, 2015, the Nassawango Creek and Pocomoke River trips are full.

Saturday Social (additional $30 fee)

In the Worcester Room of the Commons Building.  This is a large dining room on the second floor.

Dress is "field botany casual." 

5:00 Beer and Wine with appetizers

6:00 Buffet dinner

7:00 Silent Auction closes 

7:00 Dr. Douglas E. Gill - Enlightening Experiences with Exotics and Invasive Species in Grassland Restoration on the MD Eastern Shore

Sunday September 20 field trips (included in registration fee)

9:00 a.m. Lunch Pick Up (Pre-orders only) Salisbury Dining hall, Commons Building

Field Trips.   Field trips meet at the location. Information will be provided at conference.

NOTE: As of August 13, 2015, the Assateague Island and Hickory Point Cypress Swamp trips are full.

Field Trips

Saturday afternoon and Sunday Field Trips will be important venues to expand on the theme. Field trip registration is available when you register for the Conference. Due to size limits on some trips, you are not guaranteed a spot in your first or second choice trips. You will receive a confirmation before the conference for which trip you are registered.

(download Field Trips pdf, includes Sat & Sun)


Go to and log in (Group password is MNPScarpool) and enter your request. This service is strictly based on member input--MNPS will not add an individual to this site. Also see..Carpooling

Call for Posters

Undergraduates and graduates studying plant taxonomy, plant ecology, landscaping with native plants, and restoration ecology are invited to submit a poster proposal. Contract Chris Puttock for details 

Silent Auction / Native Treasures

Browse, bid, take home a Native Treasure and support the Maryland Native Plant Society at the MNPS Annual Conference Silent Auction. Native Treasures may include books on plants and other natural history topics, botanical art, crafts, jewelry, plants, and more. Specific items may be listed closer to the conference date.
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