Conference on invasive species set Oct. 23Register by October 18
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., 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, Oct. 18 by going to 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. DISC was formed to help Delaware deal with this rapidly growing problem.