Contact: Kelly Valencik, Delaware Coastal Programs, at 302-739-6377; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Annual Conference on Delaware Invasive Species Set for October 23 in Dover
Register by October 18 online at: http://www.delawareinvasives.net
DOVER (October 10, 2013) – The annual Delaware Invasive Species Conference on preventing and managing invasive plant and animal species will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Delaware Agricultural Museum, 866 N. DuPont Highway in Dover. The Delaware Invasive Species Council, Inc. (DISC), an organization of state, federal and county government agencies, academia, and environmental advocacy groups, is presenting the conference covering a full range of invasive species topics, including aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals and pathogens that impact native species and threaten Delaware's natural resources, economy and quality of life.
Nonprofit groups, community organizations, local governments and municipalities, academia, students, agency personnel, and others are invited to attend and help strengthen awareness of invasive species prevention and management through information sharing and collaboration.
Sessions will include: presentations on invasive plants and pollinators; urban forestry and fire program initiatives in Delaware; Maryland's nursery plant signage law; U.S. Forest Service national invasive initiatives on cooperative weed management areas and fire suppression, a potential biological control agent for Emerald Ash Borer, and a panel discussion on herbicide resistance.
Two Pesticide Credits will be offered for participating members and Arborist credits will also be available.
Registration is required by Friday, October 18 by visiting http://www.delawareinvasives.net or by contacting Kelly Valencik, at Kelly.Valencik@state.de.us or 302-739-6377. The registration fee is $30 and includes lunch and the DISC annual membership fee.
The spread of invasive species is a pervasive and growing problem within Delaware and the United States. Invasive species typically harm native species by competing for resources, such as space, sunlight, water and minerals, and can disrupt natural habitats and impact other organisms, such as birds and mammals. These harmful invaders spread at astonishing rates – negatively affecting property values, agricultural productivity, public utility operations, native fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation and the overall health of an ecosystem. Early detection and rapid response and control are keys to managing invasive plants. The Delaware Invasive Species Council, Inc. (DISC) was formed to help Delaware deal with this rapidly growing problem.
Partner organizations of the 2013 Delaware Invasive Species Council, Inc. include: the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control; the Delaware Department of Agriculture; the University of Delaware; Delaware Conservation Districts; the Delaware Nature Society; the Center for the Inland Bays; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the Delaware Center for Horticulture; the Delaware Department of Transportation; the Nature Conservancy; New Castle County; and the Mt. Cuba Center.
The Delaware Invasive Species Council’s mission is to protect Delaware’s ecosystems by preventing the introduction and reducing the impact of non-native species. Members are involved in invasive species management, research, regulation, consulting, or other related management support programs. To become a member, please visit the DISC website at http://www.delawareinvasives.net.