Friday, March 29, 2013

Managing Invasive Plants

Training workshop set for April 24 on managing invasive plantsCivic and community groups, municipalities encouraged to attend

DOVER (March 22, 2013) – A training workshop on preventing and managing invasive plants and supporting healthy habitats will be held 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road in Dover. The workshop is a partnership among DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Training Program, the Delaware Invasive Species Council and the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council.

Civic associations, nonprofit groups, community organizations, local governments and municipalities, landowners and environmental educators are invited to attend and learn how to successfully establish and support a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA).

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.

Registration is required by Friday, April 19 by visiting http://de.gov/dectp or contacting Kelly Valencik, at Kelly.Valencik@state.de.us or 302-739-6377.

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.

Workshop presentations will be given by people who have successfully developed and implemented CWMAs in the mid-Atlantic region and will include discussions on the challenges and rewards of those efforts. Simple steps on establishing a CWMA will also be presented.

The registration fee is $15 and includes lunch and refreshments. Payment should be made by an intergovernmental voucher for state employees, or for all others, by check payable to the “State of Delaware.” Please mail checks to:

Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
c/o Kelly Valencik
818 Kitts Hummock Road
Dover, DE 19901

This training, originally scheduled for last November, is being rescheduled for April 24. If previously registered, re-registration is required to confirm attendance.

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