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
The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, and the Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species (MAPAIS) recently released a new field guide to aquatic invasive species of the Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania region. This guide contains nearly 100 species, including 20-30 that are new species of concern to the Mid-Atlantic. Funding was provided by MAPAIS’s Grants Competition. Be on the look out for MAPAIS’s call for 2017 project proposals soon!
Electronic copies of the Mid-Atlantic Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species (low and high resolution .pdfs) are available on both the MAPAIS and Pennsylvania Sea Grant websites.
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!
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.
Woodland Beach Wineberry Weed-out
Saturday, December 10, 9 am – 12 pm
Location: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.