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Getting Invasive Plants out of the Marketplace
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by Marc Imlay | 2011

By Marc Imlay—A bill has been introduced by Delegate Shane Robinson to establish an Invasive Plant Advisory Committee. It would advise the Secretary of Agriculture in adopting a science-based protocol for assessing the risk of invasive plants, i.e., the threat that an invasive plant represents to the health of various ecosystems from wildlands, parks, and forests to backyards and farms, as well as the environmental, economic and health risks that such plants impose. The committee’s membership would be drawn from government agencies, regulated communities, environmental groups, experts in the field, and consumers.

Getting Invasive Plants out of the Marketplace

 

 By Marc Imlay—A bill has been introduced by Delegate Shane Robinson to establish an Invasive Plant Advisory Committee. It would advise the Secretary of Agriculture in adopting a science-based protocol for assessing the risk of invasive plants, i.e., the threat that an invasive plant represents to the health of various ecosystems from wildlands, parks, and forests to backyards and farms, as well as the environmental, economic and health risks that such plants impose. The committee’s membership would be drawn from government agencies, regulated communities, environmental groups, experts in the field, and consumers.

A substantial number of plant species now known to be invasive were introduced as landscaping plants. The IPAC would specify two tiers of invasive plants, and specify how each should be handled from sale to disposal. Those in Tier 1 could not be sold, grown, or transported, and thus would no longer be commercially available. Those in Tier 2 could still be sold, but consumers would have to be warned about the invasive nature of the plants. The new regulations would be phased in, and would ultimately give the Maryland Department of Agriculture the responsibility to destroy or stop the sale of such plants.

It is a very balanced approach to a difficult problem. Please contact your state legislators to support this bill, HB0831, and ask your state senator to  introduce a matching bill in the Maryland Senate. You can read the bill at http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/billfile/HB0831.htm. You can find contact information for your delegates at http://mlis.state.md.us; click on “contact or find a Legislator.”                                                              n

 

For more information contact Marc Imlay, who chairs our chapter’s committee on biodiversity, at ialm@erols.com.

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