Fwd: Establishing taxa as "present"

Robin Hansen hansennursery@coosnet.com
Thu, 28 Aug 2008 21:43:40 PDT

I'm a small specialist nursery.  Do you think that at some point, such nurseries would be of any help by providing their catalogs, in addition to seed exchange lists?

Robin Hansen
Hansen Nursery
North Bend, Oregon
  ----- 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>,
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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)

  Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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