Maybe you can influence US rules for importing plants

Pacific Rim
Tue, 14 Nov 2006 09:44:51 PST
Dear all:

If you import plants into the United States, or send plants to the US, you
might want to try to influence policy by joining an online discussion with
agents of APHIS, the US agency that regulates plant imports. It is to begin
Nov. 27 and you must register. I received details in the letter copied

Paige Woodward


November 14, 2006

United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Plant Health Programs
Regulatory Coordination
4700 River Road, Unit 141
Riverdale, MD 20737

Dear Stakeholder:

The following docket has been published in the Federal Register:

Docket No:  APHIS-2006-0078 - Evaluating the Invasive Potential of Imported
Plants; Electronic Public Discussion

We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (APHIS) is hosting an electronic public discussion on methods that
can be used to evaluate the potential of imported plants to become invasive
species if they are introduced into the United States.  Any interested
person can register for the electronic discussion, which will allow
participants to upload files and interact with other participants and with
APHIS staff.

The electronic public discussion will be held from November 27, 2006 to
January 26, 2007.

For additional information contact:  Ms. Polly Lehtonen, Senior Staff
Officer, Commodity Import Analysis and Operations, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River
Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD  20737-1236; (301) 734-8758.



Linda C. Toran
Management Analyst
Regulatory Coordination, Plant Health Programs


Ms Lehtonen's email address is not provided; I found one on the APHIS
website but cannot guarantee that it is current: .


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