Job 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.”


DISC Quarterly Board Meeting

Please join us for our next Quarterly Board meeting!  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 9am

Blackbird Creek Reserve

801 Blackbird Landing Rd

Townsend, DE 19734


June 15, 2016: Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands Management Workshop

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Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands Management Workshop

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

9AM to 4PM

In this workshop, experts present a variety of tools and procedures to assist public and private land managers in developing best management practices.

Morning Sessions

  • Observe how ArcGIS software is used to establish goals and implement restoration projects.
  • Discover how to develop and prioritize invasive species control programs.
  • Learn how to design and install systems that successfully restore and repair eroded streambanks.

Afternoon Tours

  • Mt. Cuba Center’s experimental reforestation research site.
  • Natural Lands watershed-monitoring program.
  • Invasive plant management projects.

 

Registration

Natural Lands Management Workshop Agenda


Controlling Japanese Barberry Helps Stop Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases

A 2012 article from UConn Today about the connection between Japanese Barberry infestations and densities of Lyme-infected ticks:

From UConn Today-- Jeffrey Ward, chief scientist in the department of forestry and horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiement Station demonstrates the use of a propane torch. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Ward)

From UConn Today– Jeffrey Ward, chief scientist in the department of forestry and horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiement Station demonstrates the use of a propane torch. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Ward)

“In addition to attracting earthworms, the Barberry creates a perfect, humid environment for ticks. Williams recites the numbers. ‘When we measure the presence of ticks carrying the Lyme spirochete (Borreliaburgdorferi) we find 120 infected ticks where Barberry is not contained, 40 ticks per acre where Barberry is contained, and only 10 infected ticks where there is no Barberry.'”


Emerging Threats: Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species | Environment | The Guardian

EBay posting for Giant Salvinia

eBay posting for Giant Salvinia

“In the US, the Department of Agriculture has banned all transport and sale of giant salvinia across state borders. Despite these restrictions, at least four patches were sold in the past year on eBay by a seller in Hawaii who ships anywhere in the US.”

Source: Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species | Environment | The Guardian


 

 

Maryland: Statewide Eyes Program Calls on Citizens to Help Find Invasive Plants

“Citizens and scientists are working together to tackle the problem of invasive plants on state lands through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ new Statewide Eyes program. Statewide Eyes is seeking people interested in identifying and mapping invasive plants that threaten ecologically sensitive sites.”

Source: Statewide Eyes Program Calls on Citizens to Help Find Invasive Plants


ENVIROTHON: Congratulations Charter School of Wilmington Team B!

EbannerCongratulations Charter School of Wilmington Team B for winning the 2016 Delaware ENVIROTHON on April 28!  Although it was a cold and rainy day, about 20 teams of high school students from across the state came out to test their knowledge of environmental topics.  DISC board members, many of whom are heavily involved in planning the competition, were on hand to help with testing- which included sections on invasive plant, insect, and aquatic species.  DISC was proud to sponsor this year’s competition at the GOLD level, in an effort to help raise awareness of invasive species.

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DISC is a proud sponsor of 2016 Delaware ENVIROTHON!

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DISC is proud to be a GOLD level sponsor of the 2016 Delaware ENVIROTHON! ENVIROTHON is a state-wide and North American environmental education competition for high school students.  This year’s state competition will be held on April 28 at Brecknock Park in Camden, and the “Fifth Topic”, which changes annually, is Invasive Species.  DISC representatives will be on hand to help with the competition, and are excited to promote invasive species awareness among the next generation of environmentalists!

Best of luck to all the teams!


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Happy Earth Day!!

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