Now Accepting Board Nominations!

In accordance with DISC’s bylaws, our October 2017 Annual Meeting (date and location TBD) will bring a full Board election.  Our current Chair, Ashley Peebles, has served two consecutive, successful terms, and is therefore ineligible for re-election. Thank you, Ashley, for your service to DISC!  Linda Bailey is the current Vice-Chair, and Marcia Fox is serving as both the Parliamentarian and interim Secretary-Treasurer, following Rebecca Bobola’s departure last December.

DISC is accepting nominations for ALL positions (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, and Parliamentarian) for our upcoming election.  If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone with a passion for protecting Delaware’s ecosystems from invasive species, please send nominees to Marcia.Fox@state.de.us by September 15, 2017.

DISC is always looking for fresh faces from our membership to become more actively involved with the organization.  This allows for new ideas for DISC meetings, outreach events, membership engagement, etc., and is an invaluable part of the growth and sustainability of DISC.  In addition, Board involvement is an excellent networking and career-building opportunity.  Keep in mind that although many of our Board members work for State agencies like DNREC and DDA, those credentials are NOT necessary to serve on the Board!

We hope you, as DISC members, will consider yourselves and your colleagues for nomination!


 

Register NOW for our 3rd Quarterly Board Meeting and Lecture (with 3 DE Pesticide Credits)

Mark your calendars!  Our next quarterly board meeting will be held July 13, 2017 from 9am to 12pm.  Our meeting will kick off with a lecture from the infamous Rob Line entitled: Wild Lands Management; Where We have Been and What Lies Ahead

The Delaware Department of Agriculture will be awarding one pesticide credit each for the following Categories:  03 – Ornamental and Turf Pest Control, 5A – Aquatic, and 03 – Ornamental & Turf

This event is FREE for DISC members, but registration is required, as space is limited! Non-members are also welcome for a $10 fee (DISC membership is included). [**DISC Membership was included with 2016 Annual Meeting registration**]

We encourage everyone to stay for our general business meeting to discover ways to become more actively involved with DISC!

Register here!

Date: July 13, 2017

Location: Delaware Department of Agriculture

Meeting: 9am -12pm

  • Guest Speaker 9am -10am
    • Speaker: Rob Line, Delaware Department of Natural Resources (retired)
    • Title: Wild Lands Management; Where We have Been and What
      Lies Ahead
    • Credits awarded: 1 each  (5A, 02, 03)
  • General business 10am -12pm

 

Upcoming Plant Sales

Now that we’ve shaken off the last of winter, people are turning their sights towards planting their gardens!  Many folks want to use native species, but often, it is difficult to find sources of native plants.  The spring usually offers a variety of plant sales, many of which include, or are exclusively, native.  Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library’s Director of Garden & Estate put together a guide to some of the upcoming plant sales in the northern Delaware and southeastern PA region.

Spring 2017 Plant Sales 

*Please note, not all of these sales will have exclusively native plants, so be sure to pick species that aren’t invasive!  See DISC’s Invasive Plants page for some guidance to what is invasive in our area!

Enjoy spring planting season!


Register Now for Our Quarterly Board Meeting and Lecture (with DE Pesticide Credits!)

There is still time to register for our next quarterly board meeting and lecture on April 6th!


Mark your calendars!  Our next quarterly board meeting will be held April 6, 2017 from 9am to 12pm.  Prior to our general business meeting will be a talk by Dr. Sue Barton entitled Sustainable Landscape Management: Controlling Invasives and Reducing Pests. One pesticide credit (Category 03: Ornamental and Turf Pest Control) will be awarded to DE licensed pesticide applicators.

This event is FREE for DISC members, but registration is required, as space is limited! Non-members are also welcome for a $10 fee (DISC membership is included).

We encourage everyone to stay for our general business meeting to discover ways to become more actively involved with DISC!


Register here!

Date: April 6, 2017

Location: State Street Commons, 100 W. Water Street, Dover, DE 19904

Meeting: 9am -12pm

  • Guest Speaker 9am -10am
    • Speaker: Sue Barton, Ph.D.  Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Delaware
    • Title: Sustainable Landscape Management: Controlling Invasives and Reducing Pests
    • Credits awarded: 1 (03 Ornamental and Turf Pest Control)
  • General business 10am -12pm

 

MAPAIS Small Grants Competition DEADLINE APPROACHING!

REMINDER:  The deadline to submit proposals is less than 2 weeks away!  

April 3, 2017 at 5PM!


In 2017, the MAPAIS is offering a small grants competition and encourages interested groups and individuals to submit proposals for possible funding. Broad participation from groups and individuals concerned about aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues in the mid-Atlantic region is encouraged!  A proposal submission must address an AIS problem as part of a one-year project.

Program priorities: The following elements are of high priority to the MAPAIS and should be considered in the preparation of proposals:

  • Activities that will increase public understanding of and compliance with the prevention and control of AIS
  • Clear description of proposed actions, products, and other deliverables
  • Relevance to the mission and priorities of MAPAIS
  • Regional significance
  • Leveraging of other funding sources

For more information and the full proposal solicitation, please visit http://www.midatlanticpanel.org/grant-and-funding-sources/ 

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS APRIL 3, 2017 AT 5PM!!


Next Quarterly Board Meeting and FREE Pesticide Credits for DISC Members!

Mark your calendars!  Our next quarterly board meeting will be held April 6, 2017 from 9am to 12pm.  Prior to our general business meeting will be a talk by Dr. Sue Barton entitled Sustainable Landscape Management: Controlling Invasives and Reducing Pests. One pesticide credit (Category 03: Ornamental and Turf Pest Control) will be awarded to DE licensed pesticide applicators.

This event is FREE for DISC members, but registration is required, as space is limited! Non-members are also welcome for a $10 fee (DISC membership is included).

We encourage everyone to stay for our general business meeting to discover ways to become more actively involved with DISC!


Register here!

Date: April 6, 2017

Location: State Street Commons, 100 W. Water Street, Dover, DE 19904

Meeting: 9am -12pm

  • Guest Speaker 9am -10am
    • Speaker: Sue Barton, Ph.D.  Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Delaware
    • Title: Sustainable Landscape Management: Controlling Invasives and Reducing Pests
    • Credits awarded: 1 (03 Ornamental and Turf Pest Control)
  • General business 10am -12pm

 


NISAW 2017 Invasive Species of the Day: Waterwheel

February 27 through March 3, 2017 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week!  In recognition of NISAW, DISC will be posting an “Invasive Species of the Day” throughout the week.

Today’s highlighted species is Waterwheel. Click the image below for a full .pdf version, and please spread the word!


Waterwheel. Click the image for a full .pdf!


NISAW 2017 Invasive Species of the Day: Lesser Celandine

February 27 through March 3, 2017 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week!  In recognition of NISAW, DISC will be posting an “Invasive Species of the Day” throughout the week.

Today’s highlighted species is Lesser Celandine. Click the image below for a full .pdf version, and please spread the word!


Lesser Celandine. Click image for full .pdf!


NISAW 2017 Invasive Species of the Day: Emerald Ash Borer

February 27 through March 3, 2017 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week!  In recognition of NISAW, DISC will be posting an “Invasive Species of the Day” throughout the week.

Today’s highlighted species is the Emerald Ash Borer. Click the image below for a full .pdf version, and please spread the word!


Emerald Ash Borer. Clock the image for a full .pdf!


NISAW 2017 Invasive Species of the Day: Bradford Pear

February 27 through March 3, 2017 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week!  In recognition of NISAW, DISC will be posting an “Invasive Species of the Day” throughout the week.

Today’s highlighted species is the Bradford Pear. Click the image below for a full .pdf version, and please spread the word!


Bradford Pear. Click the image for a full .pdf!