A 2012 article from UConn Today about the connection between Japanese Barberry infestations and densities of Lyme-infected ticks:
“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.'”
“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.”
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.
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.
A press release from the Maryland Department of Agriculture:
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 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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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!