White listing [WAS Phytosanitary certificates and cessation of trade]

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Tue, 10 Feb 2009 08:55:30 PST
In anticipation of the "white list" law, when I recently indexed the 
66-year run of the Rock Garden Quarterly, I included notation of 
plants reported to be native, naturalized, or cultivated in North America.

The NARGS seed lists are also useful in this respect, particularly 
since it can be ascertained which species were being grown, and 
producing garden-collected seed, in the USA.

In addition, many of us keep detailed databases of plants we grow, at 
least those that are our special interest. Boyce Tankersley of the 
Chicago Botanic Garden wrote a good article about private plant 
collections and their value, which was published in the RGQ recently.

My concern about a potential white list is the same as my concern 
about the Small Lots of Seed program. Even though the law may include 
a procedure for vetting and admitting imports, it is an unfunded 
mandate in that it doesn't provide extra funding and training for the 
federal employees who are to facilitate this process. It must be a 
practical law, not an ideal law. I hope that our Oregon 
representatives in Congress will be responsive to the needs of the 
state's extremely large and valuable nursery industry if such 
legislation is proposed.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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