October 08, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF FUNDING FOR THE APPALACHIAN ETHNOBOTANICAL STUDIES PROGRAM AT FROSTBURG STATE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today commended the Senate for passing the Agricultural Appropriations Conference Report, which included his request of $550,000 for the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies (ACES) at Frostburg University. The Conference Report has passed the House and will now go to the President for his signature.
 

 "Frostburg State University's Ethnobotanical Center will help bring economic development to Allegany County and it also will build our scientific knowledge of important plants and how they affect our health and well being," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Budget Committee.

The Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies (ACES) is a partnership of Frostburg State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. This collaborative, inter-institutional effort is devoted to the multidisciplinary study and conservation of native plants.  A primary focus of ACES is to foster economic growth in the region through the managed development of the area's natural resources.
Funding will support scientific research, economic development and public outreach, and educational outreach.