“A destructive, invasive beetle that kills ash trees, the emerald ash borer (EAB), has been confirmed in Delaware, making it the 28th state to have found the insect.
The statewide impact is expected to be minimal, as ash trees make up only around two percent of Delaware’s tree stock and the state has been preparing for more than a decade.
“Because this was not unexpected, we have been working for several years with cities, towns and civic groups on plans to manage and replaceash trees,” said Dr. Faith Kuehn, administrator of DDA’s Plant Industries Section, which oversees EAB detection, control and prevention in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Delaware will also be added to a federal quarantine already in 27 other states restricting the interstate shipment of all ash wood and wood products – ash nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost and chips – as well as hardwood firewood of all species. Some shipment out of state may be permitted if certain requirements are met and a federal permit is issued.
State forestry and plant health officials are providing advice to homeowners, municipalities and civic groups at de.gov/ashtrees, where they can find information, fact sheets, photographs and links to other resources.”
Congratulations 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.
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.