Happy New Year & Our Next Quarterly Board Meeting

The DISC Board sends its well-wishes as we transition to a Happy New Year!  We appreciate your support and attendance to the 2016 DISC Annual Meeting!  Be sure to check out our 2016 year in review: A Look Back at 2016…

Our next quarterly board meeting will be held Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 9am at Blackbird Creek Reserve in Smyrna (address and directions below).  Please consider attending and getting involved!

January 26, 2017 Meeting Agenda

2017 Business Items

  • Vacant Secretary/Treasurer position (please contact Ashley.peebles@state.de.us if you would like more information)
  • 2017 NISAW (National Invasive Species Awareness Week) Feb 19-25
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Invasive Species Removal Day, May 6, 2017
  • Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species 2017 Grant
  • 2017 Outreach events


Blackbird Creek Reserve: 801 Blackbird Landing Rd, Townsend, DE 19734

Directions to Blackbird Creek Stewardship Center Office

Job Opening: Natural Resource Planning Specialist with Delaware State Parks

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Planner II- Natural Resource Planning Specialist

Annual Salary Range: $39,093.00- $58,639.00

Recruitment Closing Date: December 31, 2016

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)


Job Description: 

The Planner II position 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.
  • Implements Natural Resource Management Plans for State Parks and associated properties.
  • Assists in the state park and trail planning processes.
  • Assists with the wildlife management program in State Parks.
  • Provides staff support for natural resource management, invasive species control, habitat restoration, and wildlife management.
  • 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 the Environmental Stewardship Program Manager.


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

  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Life or Physical Science or related field preferred.
  2. Three years experience in environmental land use or preservation of natural habitats.
  3. Three years experience in interpreting natural resource rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  4. One year experience in natural resource planning and implementation.

Preferences:  Experience with field identification of plants, knowledge and/or familiarity with Delaware flora and fauna, GIS/GPS experience.

January 18 & 19, 2017: DNLA DE Horticulture Industry Expo & Annual Pesticide Conference


The DNLA DE Horticulture Industry Expo & Annual Pesticide Conference will be held on January 18 & 19, 2017 at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.  Pesticide, nutrient management and ISA recertification credits will be available.  Check out the brochure and registration information here.  

Upcoming Division of Fish & Wildlife Volunteer Project: Woodland Beach Wineberry Weed-out – Dec. 10

Photo: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org

Photo: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org

Woodland Beach Wineberry Weed-out
Saturday, December 10, 9 am – 12 pm

Woodland Beach Wildlife Area (Meet at the parking lot at the end of Woodland Beach Rd.)

Project Description: Wineberry is an invasive plant that is covering and pushing out native plants in an important wildlife habitat at the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. This is a unique, rich woods habitat that is uncommon on Delaware’s Coastal Plain and harbors a variety of special plants. Join us as we work to remove the invasive wineberry and restore the native plants in this great habitat!

What to Bring/Wear: Work gloves will be provided but volunteers may also bring their own.

Age Requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 15 years old. Those under the age of 18 must provide a parental consent form. An adult must accompany volunteers under the age of 16.

Contact: Volunteers are asked to pre-register with contact information in case of inclement weather leading to postponement. For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact Julia Adams at 302-735-3608 or julia.adams@state.de.us.

A Free Public Lecture by Internationally Known Ecologist Daniel Simberloff


2016 Annual Meeting Photos

A few snapshots of the day!

Job Opportunity: Natural Lands Intern with Benefits at Winterthur


JOB TITLE: Natural Lands Intern with benefits Jan-Oct 2017

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: Will gain knowledge and hands-on experience working with environmental projects in fields, streams/ponds, wildlife and woodland areas. The intern will have the opportunity to work with the Horticulture staff responsible for implementing proper management practices, exploring new practices, and maintaining outlying areas throughout Winterthur. Housing available on site.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum education: Enrolled in an accredited Conservation program, Natural Resource Management program, or has successfully completed related curriculum. Minimum experience: Ability to express ideas clearly, orally and in writing. Ability to operate hand and power equipment safely. Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record. Ability to execute oral and written directions. Basic knowledge of environmental terminology & practices. Minimum experience: 6 months educational and/or field experience in the study of conservation, environmental or related field.

Visit http://www.winterthur.org/?p=778 to apply!

Pesticide CEUs for the 2016 Annual Meeting

Here is an up-to-date list of the Delaware pesticide CEUs available for the 2016 Annual Meeting:

  • Aquatic (5A) – 3 credits
  • Right-of-Way (06) – 3 credits


sheets will be available after the last presentation.

Conference Agenda



Annual Meeting Registration Deadline Extended!



The deadline to register for the 2016 Annual Meeting has been extended to October 12, 2016!

Don’t miss out on a full and informative agenda, as well as a DISC members-only networking happy hour after the meeting (see below)!  Register here!

Join us for a special networking event for DISC members* following the Annual Meeting at Fraizer’s Restaurant in downtown Dover!

Network with fellow invasive species professionals on Fraizer’s outdoor patio, which overlooks the adjacent Mirror Lake Restoration Project, while enjoying some complimentary hors d’oeuvres!

Food will be available from 4 – 7 PM at Fraizer’s Restaurant and Bar, 9 East Loockerman Street, Dover. This event will immediately follow the meeting.

We hope you will join us!

*Membership is included with annual meeting registration