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Opportunity to Comment "Importation of Plants for Planting" -- NAPPRA (Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Prevention is the key to keeping invasive plants out of our country! APHIS is establishing a new category of regulated articles in the regulations governing the importation of plants for planting, commonly known as the Q37 regulations. The revision would allow APHIS to maximize protection of U.S. agriculture from foreign pests that could enter this country while minimizing adverse economic and trade impacts. See a recent presentation about the Revision of Quarantine 37 (PDF | 277 KB) for more information. All comments received on Docket APHIS-2006-0011 on or before Jul 5, 2011 will be considered.

Bighead Carp Added to Federal List of Injurious Wildlife (Mar 21, 2011)
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule in the Mar 22 Federal Register officially adding the bighead carp to the federal injurious wildlife list. The final rule codifies the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act (S. 1421), signed into law by President Obama on Dec 14, 2010. The injurious wildlife listing means that under the Lacey Act it is illegal to import or to transport live bighead carp, including viable eggs or hybrids of the species, across state lines, except by permit for zoological, education, medical, or scientific purposes.

EPA Seeks Comments to Develop Management Practices for Recreational Vessels (Mar 14, 2011)
Southern Maryland Online.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment from boaters and other stakeholders to help develop proposed regulations, as required by the 2008 Clean Boating Act, to reduce water pollution and the spread of invasive species in the nation's rivers, lakes and other water bodies. As an alternative to permits required for commercial vessels, the act directs EPA to develop and promulgate management practices for recreational vessels. The important input received through this process will help guide the development of proposed regulations to mitigate adverse effects from recreational boat discharges, such as bilgewater, graywater and deck runoff, that may contain substances harmful to water quality or spread invasive species. Public listening sessions and webinars are available to those who would like to provide input (various dates between Mar 18-Apr 29, 2011).

Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters (Dec 20, 2010)
DHS. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard is proposing new standards for controlling foreign organisms that might hitch a ride to the United States in a ship's ballast water (view rule). The new standards are expected to be published Apr 2011. The proposal also would establish new procedures for approving onboard equipment to clean ballast water before discharge. For the first time, the regulation sets upper limits for the number of organisms per unit of ballast water. The current rules only require vessels to make mid-ocean ballast exchanges, a control technique that has frequently been attacked as inadequate to prevent the introduction of alien species into U.S. waters. The Coast Guard's proposal closely follows recommendations adopted last month by the International Maritime Organization's marine pollution committee.

Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force / Press Release -- Obama Administration Officials Announce the Final Recommendations of the Ocean Policy Task Force (Jul 19, 2010)
The White House. President Barack Obama.
The President signed an Executive Order and the Administration released the final recommendations (PDF | 3.6 MB) of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force which would establish a National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts, and Great Lakes (National Policy) and create a National Ocean Council (NOC) to strengthen ocean governance and coordination. Our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes are subject to substantial pressures and face significant environmental challenges, including those resulting from invasive species.

Service Seeks Public Comment on Plan to Restrict Giant Invasive Snakes (Mar 11, 2010)
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register on Mar 12 to designate the Burmese python and eight other large constrictor snakes as "injurious wildlife" under the Lacey Act. If finalized, the designation will prohibit the importation and interstate transportation of these species. In addition to the proposed rule, a draft economic analysis and environmental assessment are available for public review and comment for 60 days. These documents are available at Regulations.gov under Docket No. FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015.

U.S. Government Launches New CITES Website (Mar 9, 2010)
A new Web site US CITES.gov will concentrate specifically on information concerning the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), from a U.S. perspective. CITES is a multinational agreement that entered into force in 1975 to prevent species from becoming endangered or extinct because of international trade. Under this treaty, countries work together to ensure that international trade in animal and plant species is not detrimental to the survival of wild populations by regulating the import, export, re-export, and introduction from the sea of certain animal and plant species.

Model Weed Law Provisons for Management of New Invaders, Rapid Response, and Cost-Effetive Allocation of Public Resources: Tiering Noxious Weed Lists to Invasion Stage - Summary (Nov 2008; PDF | 319 KB) and Full Report (Sep 3, 2008; PDF | 87 KB)
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Plant Management.
Report by Peter M. Rice, University of Montana
Decisions on designating species for a state or provincial weed list can have far-reaching implications for effective and efficient noxious weed management. Some states already have or are moving toward "tiered" lists that group weed species according to management priority, infestation range, or other parameters. However, according to the North American Weed Management Association, most state and provincial weed laws address weeds only after they become well established. Updating noxious weed laws by developing weed lists tiered to the plant population invasion stage can guide allocation of scarce public resources to the management of prioritized noxious weeds, including those species that require a rapid response. Incorporating additional provisions into state weeds laws can strengthen efforts in managing new invaders.
APHIS' Quarantine 56 Revision Factsheet (Oct 2008; PDF | 47KB) and Questions and Answers on the Quarantine 56 Revision (Oct 2008; PDF | 45 KB)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Effective Aug 16, 2007, APHIS implemented revised regulations pertaining to the importation of fruits and vegetables. Collectively, these regulations are commonly referred to as Quarantine 56 or the Q56 regulations. Overall, the Q56 revisions, which are now in effect, simplify and expedite APHIS' process for approving new imports and pest-free areas while continuing to allow for public participation in agency decisionmaking. For additional information, see Quarantine Q56 Regulations.
Lacey Act
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
The 2008 Farm Bill (the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (PDF | 1.4 MB), effective May 22, 2008, ammended the Lacy Act. The amended Act now covers a broad range of plants and plant products, including timber deriving from illegally harvested plants. Import declarations requirements become effective Dec 15, 2008; declaration enforcements of the requirements will be phased-in and will begin Apr 1, 2009. Based on comments received on the initial implementation plan, further internal consideration and experience with the first phase of enforcement, APHIS has revised the implementation schedule for the remaining phases.  The revised schedule covers implementation through Aug 31, 2010. See Hot Issues: Lacey Act for more information.
Giant HogweedFederal Noxious Weed List (Dec 10, 2010; PDF | 81 KB)
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.
Federal Weed List (7 CFR 360): The following plants, seeds, or other parts capable of propagation are within the definition of a "noxious weed" under the Federal Noxious Weed Act of 1974 (7 USC 2802(c). Listed noxious weeds may be moved into or through the U.S. only under permit from the USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine programs, and under conditions that would not involve a danger of disseminating the weeds. From Regulations.gov, see Noxious Weed Regulations 2007-0146-0015 for more information on the recent update.
Fire AntRegulated Pest List
USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

Northern Snakehead Injurious Wildlife and Injurious Wildlife: A Summary of the Injurious Provisions of the Lacey Act (Jun 2010; PDF | 688 KB)
DOI. FWS. Division of Environmental Quality.

Zebra musselNonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (Dec 29, 2000; PDF | 259 KB)
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

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