You made a difference on US government import regulations

Karl Church 64kkmjr@gmail.com
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:54:59 PDT
Thanks for the update & link, as a new member I'm encouraged to hear that
the government does sometimes listen to those it's supposed to be serving.
Karl
On Apr 19, 2013 12:54 PM, "Michael Mace" <michaelcmace@gmail.com> wrote:

> Folks,
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> For those of you who have been following the US government's efforts to
> tighten up the import rules on plants, the government just issued its final
> ruling on the first batch of plants that will be banned from import out of
> fear that they might become invasive. It's been a very long process with a
> lot of back and forth discussion with the folks in Washington, but the
> outcome is that they listened to us.  Two "bulb" species that they had
> proposed for import bans, Gladiolus undulatus and Alstroemeria aurea, have
> been removed from the list.
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> You can read the full ruling here:
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> http://regulations.gov//…
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> Your feedback helped show them that these two species were already
> available
> in the US (making an import ban irrelevant) and that they are not major
> risks for becoming broadly invasive weeds.
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> (Note that the definition for invasive weed in this case means something
> that shows a tendency to escape into the wild and take over undisturbed
> areas, not just something that moves around within a garden. They're
> looking
> for potential economic harm here.)
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> I wish Roy Sachs had lived to see this. He was a PBS member, Alstroemeria
> grower, and former chair of the Landscape/Environmental Horticulture
> department at UC Davis.  Roy was skeptical that the government would pay
> any
> attention to him, but he went ahead and sent them information on the
> behavior of A. aurea in cultivation, and I think he had a big influence on
> the government's decision.  Good job, Roy!
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> The other outcome of this process is that the government folks are much
> more
> aware of groups like ours, and are quite open to working with us in the
> future to identify truly dangerous species and to find ways to import seeds
> and plants in ways that reduce the risk of invasive pests.  I think the
> ball
> is in our court to build a relationship with them and come up with creative
> ideas on how to work together. The more we work with them up front, the
> more
> we can head off misguided regulations before they become a problem.
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> Thanks to everyone who helped out by providing information about the
> presence and behavior of these species.
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> Mike
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> San Jose, CA
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