As a part of our mission, the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve is committed to promoting informed decision making through the Delaware Coastal Training Program. This program addresses critical coastal resource management issues in Delaware by providing current scientific information, access to technologies and skill-building opportunities to Delawareans responsible for making decisions about the state’s coastal resources. This can include partnering with other agencies and organizations to provide data relevant to current coastal issues including land use, sea level rise, climate change, and biodiversity.
The Coastal Training Program’s activities range from seminars, hands-on skill training, and participatory workshops to lectures and technology demonstrations. Through these programs, coastal resource decision makers also have opportunities to share experiences, network in a multidisciplinary setting, and participate in field activities. Past workshops covered subjects such as sea level rise in Delaware, wetlands restoration techniques, public issues and conflict management, and social media skills. Decision makers who participate in the Delaware Coastal Training Program's activities include local government officials, state legislators, home owners’ associations, and many more. Coastal Training Program Workshops are typically advertised to the target audience.
You can also request the assistance of the Coastal Training Program if there is a professional development need regarding coastal resource management. The CTP Coordinator can work with you to develop and offer workshops and trainings on a variety of topical coastal issues like resource restoration, community adaptation and resiliency planning, invasive species, and more. For more information regarding upcoming workshops or if you have an idea for a workshop, please contact Kelly Valencik, the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at email@example.com or (302) 739-3436.
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Cooperative Weed Management Area Training
Wednesday, April 24th at the St. Jones Reserve
818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, Delaware 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Learn how to organize and support people working together to manage invasive plants or other exotic organisms to restore natural habitats.
Civic associations, non-profit groups, community organizations, local governments and municipalities, landowners, and environmental educators are all invited to attend! This training will provide you with the basics on how to establish and support a Cooperative Weed Management Area or similar group.
CWMAs are local organizations that bring together community members like landowners and land managers to coordinate actions and share expertise and resources to manage common weed species. The spread of invasive species is a pervasive and growing problem within Delaware and the United States.The economic and ecological threats of invasive plants has led to many CWMA groups being established throughout the U.S.
In addition to basic training, presentations will be given by people who have successfully developed and implemented CWMA groups in the mid-Atlantic region followed by discussion of challenges and rewards of these efforts. Sample Training Agenda
The Delaware Coastal Training Program and the Delaware Invasive Species Council are partnering with the Mid Atlantic Invasive Species Council and the Mid West Invasive Plant Network to bring this training to Delaware. The registration fee is $15, and includes lunch and refreshments at the training.
Registration deadline has been extended to Monday, April 22, 2013. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!
Invasive species typically harm native plants 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 key to managing invasive plants.
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