University of Maryland Extension

Environment and Natural Resources

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Environment & Climate Change:  Maryland has heavily urbanized, densely populated regions as well as agriculturally diverse and forested areas which are all sensitive to forces impacting the Chesapeake Bay and other natural resources.  Each of Maryland's diverse ecosystems (e.g., agriculture, forestry, urban, wetlands, aquatic, etc.) provides services for its inhabitants, thus research and education programs pertaining to the sustainable interaction with these ecosystems is envisioned and promoted by all UM entities. Natural resource education of adults, youth, and under-served communities will help to promote environmental awareness and responsible decision making, increase scientific literacy and interest of youth in science and math, and foster behavioral changes that can help communities approach a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Improved water quality as related to agriculture, forests, and developed lands and sustainable management of aquatic, forest, wildlife, soil and air resources.  MAES and UME will conduct programs such as Nutrient Management, Drainage Design and Management to Improve Water Quality, Watershed Restoration and Protection, Soil Quality Improvement Practices such as No-Tillage, Reduced Tillage, and Cover Cropping Systems, Use of Beneficial Mirco-organisms to Enhance Green Industries, Characterization and Mechanisms of Plant Responses to Ozone in the US, etc. that will have outcome in terms of both adaptation to and mitigation of Climate Change. 

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