In honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, DISC will be highlighting a different invasive species each day! Today’s species is Wavyleaf Basketgrass (Oplismenus hirtellus spp. Undulatifolius)
To kick of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, DISC is featuring an article by our own Education and Outreach Committee Co-Chair, Greg Gagliano on his invasive removal work in Arden, Delaware. Greg is the owner of Red Tail Restoration & Land Management, LLC.
The Great Impact of One Community
By Greg Gagliano
Not all forests are created equal. Many fragmented natural areas in the Mid-Atlantic region are overrun with invasive plants that out-compete native vegetation by growing quickly, spreading rapidly, and seeding in for years. Thus, many people accept the loss of native plants and associated wildlife on their property or local woodlot due to overcrowding and possible soil degradation. The Village of Arden in Wilmington, Delaware was determined not to let this happen.
The communities that include the Village of Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft are enveloped by a large tract of forest that winds along Naaman’s Creek and Perkins Run in Wilmington, Delaware. The Village of Arden Forest Committee, led by Carol Larson, along with support from Ardentown Natural Land Steward, Elaine Schmerling, spent years supporting their local forests and natural areas. The dedication to environmental stewardship by the residents has led to countless conservation initiatives, including the dramatic improvement of a heavily-invaded forest along Naaman’s Creek by the intersection of Marsh Road and Millers Road. Continue reading “NISAW 2016: The Great Impact of One Community”
The National Association for Invasive Plant Councils is offering a series of free webinars in honor of National Invasive Species Awareness week, which kicks off on February 21, 2016.
The first webinar is on Monday, February 22, 2016 3:00 PM – 4:00 pm, titled “Let’s take a hack at hack and squirt individual plant treatments” with Stephen Enloe, Associate Professor, Agronomy Department/Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, University of Florida.
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
|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.
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!
“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.”