Land Ethics Symposium:
Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping
Thursday, March 10, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Delaware Valley University – Doylestown, Pennsylvania
The early-bird registration deadline for the 16th annual Bowman’s Hill Land Ethics Symposium has been extended to February 15! Register now!
Way to go, Maryland!
A press release from the Maryland Department of Agriculture:
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Julie Oberg, 410-841-5888
Jason Schellhardt, 410-841-5744
|Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee Announces New Regulation
ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 10, 2016) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture has announced proposed regulations regarding the classification of certain invasive plant species on a tiered system, as well as new definitions, conditions under which the Secretary’s approval may be given for otherwise prohibited activities under the Invasive Plant Prevention and Control law, and mechanisms for listing and delisting species. The department’s overall goal is to prevent invasive species from entering or spreading further in the state. See the department’s Proposed and Emergency Regulation webpage.
These proposed regulations are open for public comment through March 7. Comments may be sent to Carol Holko, Assistant Secretary for Plant Industries, Maryland Department of Agriculture at (410) 841-5870, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This regulation would require signage near Tier 2 invasive plants in retail displays instead of prohibiting their sale,” said Assistant Secretary Holko. “It would be one of the first regulations of its kind, and a valuable step in preventing invasive plant species from causing environmental harm in the state.”
Initial regulations were promulgated in January 2013 establishing a scientific weed risk assessment protocol for classifying invasive plants as “Tier 1” or “Tier 2.” The plants listed in the current regulations under review are based on these assessments. The full assessment reports are available on the program’s webpage at http://mda.maryland.gov/invasiveplants.
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Shared by our friends at the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team:
An elite special investigative team is being used to keep out the invasive zebra mussel from Alberta waters, and while the pests haven’t invaded B.C. waters yet, it is best to be careful, says one team member.
Source: Zebra mussel invasion snuffed out by elite team of sniffer dogs – British Columbia – CBC News
DISC was well represented at the 2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference at Chase Center on the Riverfront, on February 3 and 4. Thanks to all who stopped by our table to chat, learn about our organization, and pick up a copy of Mistaken Identity! We hope to sponsor again in the future!
(Left to right) Chair, Ashley Peebles; Vice-chair, Linda Bailey; Education and Outreach Committee Co-chair, Kelly Valencik; and Parliamentarian, Marcia Fox
Source: A Big-Picture View of the Invasive Plant Problem | CompassLive
“According to a study conducted by U.S. Forest Service and university scientists and published in the journal NeoBiota, at least one invasive species is present in 39 percent of forested plots sampled nationwide for invasive plants by the Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) program. Results are provided for all U.S. regions and reveal that a significant portion of the more than 741 million acres of forested land in the United States has been invaded.”
Image by U.S. Forest Service
We had a great year in 2015. Check out our Year in Review!
2015 DISC Year In Review
The 2015 DISC Annual Meeting has been approved for ISA CEUs! If you are ISA certified and attended last year’s meeting, please contact DISC Chair Ashley Peebles at email@example.com for details.
From Delaware Wetlands facebook page
We are pleased to be a “fan”-level sponsor of the 2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference! Check out their website – Delaware Wetlands – and Facebook!
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species (MAP) is announcing its 2016 request for proposals. The mission of the MAP is to assist state and federal agencies and other stakeholders in developing and implementing strategic, coordinated, and action-oriented approaches to preventing and controlling aquatic invasive species in the mid-Atlantic region. The driving force behind MAP’s mission is to strengthen cooperation, coordination, and communication on AIS issues within the region and beyond.
Please visit http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/mid-atlantic-panel-aquatic-invasive-species-request-proposals which provides a summary of the RFP and a link to download the full document. The RFP outlines MAP priorities and provides information about the format and timetable for submitting proposals. The MAP encourages broad participation from groups and individuals concerned about aquatic invasive species issues in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The proposal deadline is March 25, 2015 at 5 pm EDT. Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF document to MAP-Proposals@mdsg.umd.edu.
Contact members of the Mid-Atlantic Panel to discuss proposal ideas. For technical assistance contact Mike Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ray Fernald (chair, Ray.Fernald@dgif.virginia.gov)
Check out what University of Delaware and Mt. Cuba Center are doing to help reduce the spread of invasive plants!
“A partnership between the Mt. Cuba Center Inc. and University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources strives to find varieties of native plants that will charm the customer and benefit the environment. As part of the search, they are taking cues from the true judges of a plant’s beneficial nature – the bees, butterflies and other insects that gather (or not) on the flowers and leaves of the plants that gardeners cultivate.” –From University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Souce: UD partnership with Mt. Cuba aims to make ‘eco-friendly’ a selling point for modern gardeners