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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Invasive plant samples at Eco-Station #2


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!


Delaware ENVIROTHON

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Happy Earth Day!!

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DISC Quarterly Board Meeting

Happy Spring!

Our next Quarterly Board Meeting will be held Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10am in the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) building.  DDA address and January 27, 2016 Quarterly Meeting minutes are below.  We hope you can join us!


Board Meeting Minutes – Jan 27 2016


Delaware Department of Agriculture Building

2320 S Dupont Hwy

Dover, DE 19901


 

Fishermen Battle Invasive ‘Frankenfish’ Snakeheads

From National Geographic: Fishermen Battle Invasive ‘Frankenfish’ Snakeheads

“The large Asian invaders are spreading throughout the Chesapeake system, but people are beating them back.”

 

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–From National Geographic


Delaware’s Most UNWANTED

Check out this article from Wednesday’s News Journal! It features an interview with our Chair, Ashley Peebles, and photos from our Education/Outreach Co-chair, Greg Gagliano!

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ICYMI: NISAW 2016 Webinars

During National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, several organizations hosted live webinars about invasive species.  There’s good news for those who missed them: they can be viewed online!  There are also several upcoming webinars on Emerald Ash Borer, so be sure to mark your calendar!  Check out the links below.NISAW-logo09

From www.nisaw.org:

 

From www.emeraldashborer.info (Upcoming and Past EAB Webinars)