Fwd: Establishing taxa as "present"

Robin Hansen hansennursery@coosnet.com
Thu, 28 Aug 2008 21:46:25 PDT
Hi, Mom,

Those apples judy sent down are wonderful.  I made an apple crunch to take camping and the smell is overwhelming, but I'm determined to take it intact...

I ran up to Lakeside to get Naomi's kayak.  She said her oldest son would be down soon to put a roof on her shed in back.    She's just not her chipper old self yet.  And is still walking with a distinct limp.

Will see you tomorrow, if only briefly.  I've been running around like a madwoman,but things are pretty organized.  I just have to load tomorrow and fill the ice chest.

Love, Robin
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: J.E. Shields 
  To: IBSMembers ; Pacific Bulb Society 
  Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:28 PM
  Subject: [pbs] Fwd: Establishing taxa as "present"

  For Your Information.

  Please read carefully, especially for future reference.

  Jim Shields

  >From: Joyce Fingerut <alpinegarden@comcast.net>
  >To: Dave Richards <dorichards@mango.zw>,
  >  Ian Plenderleith <plen@portal.ca>,
  >  Edward Buyarski <amprimsoc@hotmail.com>,
  >  Ian Bainbridge <bainbridi@aol.com>,
  >  Greg Bourke <sydneycarnivorous@iinet.net.au>,
  >  Daryl Geoghegan <plants_man@bigpond.com>,
  >  Carol Quinn <caroleq@bigpond.com>,
  >  Mike Brown <clematiscorner@supanet.com>,
  >  Anne Wright <barry.wright@onetel.net>,
  >  Sue Haffner <sueh@zimmer.csufresno.edu>,
  >  Philip Downs <panda.downs@actrix.co.nz>,
  >  Leo Smit <elsumpn@chebucto.ns.ca>,
  >  Jody Haynes <jhay@montgomerybotanical.org>,
  >  Lars Høpfner <hoepfner@privat.dk>,
  >  Morgan Smith <desertplantsocietyvan@hotmail.com>,
  >  Tony Palmer <adpal@ihug.co.nz>,
  >  Faye Brawner <fbrawnerwv@aol.com>,
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  >  Jim  Shields <jshields@indy.net>,
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  >  Scott Cook <gardener272000@yahoo.co.uk>,
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  >  Ron Lance <ronl@chimneyrockpark.com>,
  >  Tim Marshall <plantsman@tiscali.co.uk>,
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  >  Clive Lane <clive_lane_cgs@hotmail.com>,
  >  Peter Shalit <gezprez@gmail.com>,
  >  Tom Cox <coxarb@bellsouth.net>,
  >  Dorothy Minors <dot@pilgrimsrest.demon.co.uk>,
  >  Fleur Pavlidis <mgssec@hol.gr>,
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  >  Diane Clement <diane@mdclement.orangehome.co.uk>
  >Subject: Establishing taxa as "present"
  >Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 17:20:37 -0400
  >To the members of IHSEA -
  >Once the latest standard from NAPPO (RSPM No. 32) is published in October, 
  >it will require that the participating countries of Canada, Mexico, and 
  >the United States establish a screening process for all new plant taxa, 
  >which will effectively act as an import barrier into those countries.
  >Eventually, this RSPM will be the basis of a similar international 
  >standard, under the IPPC and will affect all countries (or at least those 
  >that are signatories to the IPPC, close to 200 nations).
  >The standard demands that countries enact new regulations/legislation 
  >requiring screening on all future introductions for potential 
  >invasiveness. The screening process would be a form of Weed Risk 
  >Assessment which would have to be completed on any taxon that is not 
  >already present in the country before it will be permitted to enter (be 
  >If horticultural societies are to continue to operate seed exchanges, they 
  >must be capable of importing seeds from donors in other countries, as well 
  >as distributing their seeds to members in other countries.  Therefore, it 
  >is crucial that we make certain that each country has the largest possible 
  >database of plants as already existing within its borders. Every 
  >specialist plant society must work to see that all its taxa are considered 
  >to be "already present" in its own, and possibly other, 
  >countries.  National governmental plant protection organizations (like 
  >APHIS in the US, DEFRA in the UK, CFIA in Canada.....) must be persuaded 
  >that although these plants are not present in commercial Big Box 
  >quantities, they are being grown in both private and public gardens and 
  >offered by the endless array of small specialist nurseries.
  >(Handling the proposed screening of new items will be another problem, for 
  >another day)
  >In the United States, a new project to write a comprehensive "Flora of 
  >Cultivated Plants" is beginning, headed by Dr. Tom Elias, Director of the 
  >National Arboretum.  Fortunately, he sees the point of including plants 
  >listed in seed exchanges. He is interested in the seed database that NARGS 
  >currently operates, and my guess is that he would also include the taxa 
  >from other organizations' databases, so that as many genera could be 
  >covered in as great a depth as possible.
  >-> If other US-based societies would be interested in having the plants in 
  >their seed exchange databases included in the Flora, please contact me.
  >My personal feeling is also that, since so many societies based in other 
  >countries have US members, there is a fair chance that the taxa listed in 
  >their exchanges have made their way into US gardens and nurseries. 
  >Therefore, taxa listed on almost any seedlist should be considered as 
  >being cultivated in the US.
  >-> If I can move the Flora's committee to this way of thinking about the 
  >globalness of horticulture, would other societies, in other countries 
  >(especially Canada and the UK), be interested in having their databases 
  >I am on the contact list for this project and will attend its next meeting 
  >(not yet scheduled).  It would ultimately be helpful to everyone if I can 
  >take a complete record of ALL the plants that we  assume are being grown 
  >in the US.....from all sources.  Let me hear your thoughts on this 
  >issue.  Please contact me with questions - and, especially offers - either 
  >through this list or privately.
  >Thank you -
  >Joyce Fingerut
  >Government Liaison,
  >North American Rock Garden Society
  >Member organization:
  >International Horticultural Seed Exchange Advocacy (IHSEA)

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