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Up to 120 Plant Species to be Considered for Regulation in Pennsylvania

Thursday, February 28, 2019   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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Purple LoosestrifeHARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council (PISC) is considering recommending that as many as 120 plants identified as potentially invasive be recommended for regulation by the Controlled Plant and Noxious Weed Committee (CPNWC).

PLNA has a seat on both bodies. Gloria Day represents PLNA on the PISC and Tom Tilley represents PLNA on the CPNWC. Gregg Robertson is an alternate on both bodies.

The PISC will consider sending all or some of these plants to the CPNWC for regulatory consideration. PISC is only advisory so any regulatory action would have to be taken by the CPNWC. The CPNWC was created by legistion supported by PLNA in 2017, after many years of negotiations. Read more about the CPNWC by clicking here.

To analyze the potential impact of regulating these plants, PLNA sent a survey out to its membership via SurveyMonkey in early February. The survey asked members to rate plants as having “no value” to the industry, “some value” to the industry or “high value” to the industry. Forty-three members completed the survey.

The information gathered in this survey will be used as input to the plant evaluation protocol that is being established by the CPNWC. This protocol will include the environmental harm caused by a particular plant species. Those species that rate highly on the protocol will be considered for regulation, which could mean licensing the propagation and growing of a species to complete bans on propagation, growing, possession or transport.

A copy of the results of the survey can be downloaded by clicking here.


Orsolya Lazar says...
Posted Friday, March 1, 2019
It is about time! While I realize the regulation can significantly affect businesses, it is way past due to ban invasives that are destroying our forests and other natural areas. There are plenty of great plants that are non-invasive and not on the potentially invasive list to choose from. Might take more to find the right one for a specific location, but long term we will all benefit from it. Where considered species be listed? Thanks.

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