The Delaware Native Species Commission was formed by the Delaware General Assembly to continue the work started by the Statewide Ecological Extinction Task Force and to implement recommendations made in the final report of the Task Force.
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
The Commission, made up of a diverse group of individuals reflecting a balance of interests between environmental professionals, government, and business stakeholders, began its work in the summer of 2018. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control provides staff support to the Commission.
Its mission, as set by the General Assembly, is to:
The Commission is to report back to the General Assembly each year on the progress it has made.
Public Meeting Calendar postings contain the official agendas and minutes of all meetings as well as any additional materials.
By Virtue of Position
David E. Saveikis, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
Jessica Inhof, Department of Agriculture
Darin Callaway, Department of Transportation
Tracy Surles, New Castle County
Michael Petit de Mange, Kent County
Michael Costello, Sussex County
Matthew Sarver, Botanist
Environmental Organizations/Delaware Institutes of Higher Education
Sarah Cooksey, Delaware Audubon
Christopher Heckscher, Delaware State University
James White, Delaware Nature Society
Jeffrey Downing, Mt. Cuba Center
Susan Barton, University of Delaware
Sheila Smith, Delaware Ornithological Society
Commercial Interests: Land Development/Farming/Business
Katherine Holtz, Delaware Farm Bureau
James McCulley, Watershed Eco, LLC
Robert Thornton, Silverstock Developers
Lori Athey, Guided Path, LLC
Janice Truitt, Delaware African American Farmers Association
Valann Budischak, Delaware Nursery & Landscape Association
The Ecological Extinction Task Force provided the basis and direction for the Native Species Commission. The Task Force submitted a series of recommendations for further action in its final report. These recommendations span nine categories — education, incentivizing private landowners, government leads by example, legislation affecting development, funding open space program at statutory level, legislation to prohibit the sale of invasive species, deer management, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, and formation of the Delaware Native Species Commission.
Invasive Plants Law (3 Del.C. Ch. 29), to prohibit the import, export, sale, transport, distribution, or propagation of invasive plants.
Certified Nursery Professionals – Certification Exam Information and List of Professionals
GreeNCC (An initiative of New Castle County)
Establishment of the Native Species Commission
(29 Del. Code, §8071 – 8077)