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


 

 

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


NISAW 2016: Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

In honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, DISC will be highlighting a different invasive species each day!  Today’s species is the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys).

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National Association of Invasive Plant Councils is offering webinars for NISAW

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.

Upcoming Webinars

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Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee Announces New Regulation

Way to go, Maryland!

A press release from the Maryland Department of Agriculture:


 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                         CONTACT: Julie Oberg, 410-841-5888
Jason Schellhardt, 410-841-5744

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 carol.holko@maryland.gov.

“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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Zebra mussel invasion snuffed out by elite team of sniffer dogs – British Columbia – CBC News

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.

Source: Zebra mussel invasion snuffed out by elite team of sniffer dogs – British Columbia – CBC News


2016 Delaware Wetlands Conference

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!

(Left to right) Chair, Ashley Peebles; Vice-chair, Linda Bailey; Education and Outreach Committee Co-chair, Kelly Valencik; and Parliamentarian, Marcia Fox.

(Left to right) Chair, Ashley Peebles; Vice-chair, Linda Bailey; Education and Outreach Committee Co-chair, Kelly Valencik; and Parliamentarian, Marcia Fox


A Big-Picture View of the Invasive Plant Problem | CompassLive

Source: A Big-Picture View of the Invasive Plant Problem | CompassLive

“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.”

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Image by U.S. Forest Service


Grant Opportunity from Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species!

MAPAIS_LogoThe Mid-Atlantic Regional Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species (MAP) is announcing its 2016 request for proposals. The mission of the MAP is to assist state and federal agencies and other stakeholders in developing and implementing strategic, coordinated, and action-oriented approaches to preventing and controlling aquatic invasive species in the mid-Atlantic region. The driving force behind MAP’s mission is to strengthen cooperation, coordination, and communication on AIS issues within the region and beyond.

Please visit http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/mid-atlantic-panel-aquatic-invasive-species-request-proposals which provides a summary of the RFP and a link to download the full document. The RFP outlines MAP priorities and provides information about the format and timetable for submitting proposals. The MAP encourages broad participation from groups and individuals concerned about aquatic invasive species issues in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The proposal deadline is March 25, 2015 at 5 pm EDT. Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF document to MAP-Proposals@mdsg.umd.edu.

Contact members of the Mid-Atlantic Panel to discuss proposal ideas. For technical assistance contact Mike Allen (mallen@mdsg.umd.edu) or Ray Fernald (chair, Ray.Fernald@dgif.virginia.gov)

www.midatlanticpanel.org