A Call to Action: 2016–2018 NISC Management Plan

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“The NISC Management Plan is a call to collective action. It enables us to know where to place our priorities and where to invest in the future. The threats invasive species pose to American assets and security warrant an urgent response backed by the full commitment of NISC and its partners.”

Visit https://www.doi.gov/invasivespecies/call-action-2016-2018-nisc-management-plan to download the full management plan.


REMINDER: Call for Abstracts Deadline This Friday, SEPTEMBER 2ND!

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Reminder!  The call for abstracts for the 2016 DISC Annual Meeting is this Friday, September 2nd!  Oral presenters receive a 25% discount on registration and membership.

Interested presenters are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations or poster displays. Conference planners are hoping for a broad selection of posters and a variety of topics.  Topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • impacts, distribution, and prevention of invasive Species;
  • early detection or rapid response;
  • invasive species control or management;
  • habitat restoration

 

Visit the 2016 Annual Meeting page for more details!


 

ALERT: Emerald Ash Borer is CONFIRMED in Delaware

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From Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) Facebook page:

“A destructive, invasive beetle that kills ash trees, the emerald ash borer (EAB), has been confirmed in Delaware, making it the 28th state to have found the insect.

The statewide impact is expected to be minimal, as ash trees make up only around two percent of Delaware’s tree stock and the state has been preparing for more than a decade.

“Because this was not unexpected, we have been working for several years with cities, towns and civic groups on plans to manage and replaceash trees,” said Dr. Faith Kuehn, administrator of DDA’s Plant Industries Section, which oversees EAB detection, control and prevention in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Delaware will also be added to a federal quarantine already in 27 other states restricting the interstate shipment of all ash wood and wood products – ash nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost and chips – as well as hardwood firewood of all species. Some shipment out of state may be permitted if certain requirements are met and a federal permit is issued.

State forestry and plant health officials are providing advice to homeowners, municipalities and civic groups at de.gov/ashtrees, where they can find information, fact sheets, photographs and links to other resources.”

Visit http://dda.delaware.gov/plantind/eab.shtml for more information.


Call for Abstracts deadline is two weeks away!

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There are still two weeks left to submit abstracts for our annual meeting.  Deadline is SEPTEMBER 2, 2016!  Visit the 2016 Annual Meeting page for details!


Forest Stewardship Program Webinar Series: Pollinator Habitat. September 21, 2016

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Forest Stewardship Program Webinar Series

Pollinator Habitat

Create & enhance pollinator habitat
Pollinator conservation resources
Regional case studies
Create native seed banks

Presented by:
Mace Vaughan, Xerces Society
John Proctor, Forest Service

September 21, 2016
2-3:30 PM EST

https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/fsp100/ 


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS! DISC’s Annual Meeting is October 19, 2016

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Visit the 2016 Annual Meeting page for full conference details!


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Share your work with others in the field!

Interested presenters are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations or poster displays. Conference planners are hoping for a broad selection of posters and a variety of topics.  Topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • impacts, distribution, prevention of invasive Species;
  • early detection or rapid response;
  • invasive species control or management;
  • habitat restoration

Oral presenters receive discounted registration rate.

See registration page for full submission details.

Abstracts must be submitted by email to Marcia Fox at marcia.fox@state.de.us

Final deadline for presenter and professional poster abstract submission is Friday, September 2, 2016.

For general questions on abstract submission or presentation guidelines, contact marcia.fox@state.de.us


Registration is now open

Click Here to Register

Online registration ends on Wednesday, October 5!

Space is limited and registration at the door is not available.

For more information, visit the registration site at: http://2016discannualmeeting.eventbrite.com


Employment Opportunity with Delaware State Parks: Natural Heritage/ Environmental Stewardship Program Manager

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Parks and Recreation is seeking a Natural Heritage/Environmental Stewardship Program Manager!


Natural Heritage/ Environmental Stewardship Program Manager

Annual Salary Range: $44,084- $66,140

Recruiting for: Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control Division of Parks and Recreation

Location: Dover, Delaware

For more information or to submit a resume, contact:

Kendall Sommers (Kendall.Sommers@state.de.us)

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Job Description:

The Natural Heritage Program Manager is responsible for the statewide management of Delaware State Parks’ land. The duties include the following:

  • Provides expert consulting services on wildlife management, habitat restoration, rare and endangered species.
  • Inventories State Park natural resources, plans and prioritizes protection, restoration, and long range management. Implements Natural Resource Management Plans for State Parks and associated properties.
  • Assists in the state park and trail planning processes.
  • Oversees wildlife management program in State Parks.
  • Provides staff support for natural resource management, invasive species control, habitat restoration, and wildlife management.
  • Develops funding resources through grants and donations
  • Ensures availability of natural resource data for environmental review and policy making.
  • Provides supervision to Environmental Stewardship Staff, interns and volunteers.

Daily work will be carried out with limited supervision from a Park Administrator.

Requirements:

Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Life or Physical Science or related field.
  2. Three years of experience in environmental land use or preservation of natural habitats.
  3. Three years of experience in interpreting natural heritage or environmental laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  4. Knowledge of grant writing.

Preferences: Experience with field identification of plants, knowledge and/or familiarity with Delaware plant species and wildlife, GIS/GPS experience.


Employment Opportunity with Red Tail Restoration & Land Management, LLC!

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Forest Restoration Technician needed to work in both forest and landscape settings throughout northern DE and southeastern PA.  Part-time with flexible schedule.  Seasonal or year-round.

Responsibilities include removal of invasive plants to support native plant diversity, planting of native plants, deer exclusion fence construction, habitat landscape installation and maintenance, vegetation surveys, rock wall construction, and pond work.

Must have experience working outdoors and comfortable performing physical labor in all weather conditions.  General knowledge and interest in natural ecosystems is required and the ability to communicate intelligently with clients is a plus.  A degree in natural science or related field is preferred and plant identification skills are highly desirable.

To apply, e-mail cover letter and resume to:  greg@redtailrestore.com


Save the Date: North American Invasive Species Forum Biennial Conference

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Save the date!  The North American Invasive Species Forum‘s biennial conference is May 9-11, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia.

The conference aims to encompass “the interests of professionals and organizations involved in invasive species management, research, and regulation in North America. 

The Forum expands on the previous successes of the biennial Weeds Across Borders conferences, bringing together the international invasive species community.  This Forum will include the latest information on policy and cross-border coordination of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species management – including discussions on innovative and effective approaches for collaboration with indigenous and tribal groups, local communities, government agencies, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and other stakeholders – with the objective of outlining a continental Strategic Framework for aquatic and terrestrial invasive species across North America.

In addition to the two-day event, potential opportunities for pre- and post-forum field trips and special workshops are being explored along the Georgia coast.  This Forum is hosted by the North American Invasive Species Network, with the support and guidance of the international steering committee representing the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.   We hope that you will plan to enjoy the beautiful Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens setting.”