Appalachian Laboratory

The Appalachian Laboratory is dedicated to the study of terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. We seek to better understand the effects of natural and human-induced changes on organisms, landscapes, and biogeochemical and hydrological cycles. We then apply scientific results to unravel the consequences of environmental change, manage natural resources, restore ecosystems, and foster ecological literacy.

The Appalachian Laboratory is the headquarters and administrative lead of the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CW CESU), a partnership among 22 university/research institutions and 9 federal agencies whose members strive to understand and protect the natural and cultural resources of the region.

The Appalachian Laboratory is located in the mountains of western Maryland, the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. directions

For more information about the Appalachian Laboratory, please visit the "About AL" page.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory invites nominations for the 2015 Richard A. Johnson Environmental Education Award.  Nominations are requested for individuals, organizations or projects, who or which have made significant contributions in environmental education in Allegany and Garrett Counties.

The Johnson Environmental Education award has three objectives.  It honors those who mentor and inspire our citizen and future leaders in environmental science and stewardship; it recognizes excellence in environmental education and in research and public service that support environmental education; and it enhances environmental education opportunities for students of all ages.  The recipient will be honored in an April ceremony and will receive a plaque and monetary award to advance environmental education efforts of his/her choice. Please see the Appalachian Laboratory website for more information (

We encourage you to make nomination for the Johnson Environmental Education Award.  As a nominator, you have two responsibilities,
•        You need to send an email or mail a letter in which you provide the name of the nominated person, organization or project and a short paragraph (approximately 200 words) describing why you are nominating this person, organization or project for the Johnson Award.  Your email or letter must be received by Friday, October 31, 2014. Please send your email or letter to Cami Martin ( or UMCES-AL, 301 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532).
•        We ask you to have a short 15-minute in-person conversation with our committee about your nominee. You, or an alternate familiar with the nominee, must be available Tuesday November 18, 5:00pm-8:30pm.  We will contact you in early November with a specific 15-minute time-slot for this conversation at the Appalachian Laboratory located at 301 Braddock Road, Frostburg, Maryland.

Thank you in advance for helping us honor individuals or efforts, which have contributed to environmental education in western Maryland.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Cathlyn Stylinski (301-689-7272 or  We look forward to receiving your nomination.

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