Today is your last chance to comment on new US plant importregulations
Wed, 21 Oct 2009 17:06:34 PDT
I added my two cents in just now, took a while to figure out how to get to the place to add comments. Thanks all for the reminder!
Ernie DeMarie
Tuckahoe NY Z 7ish where we have had a rare nice weather day, lots of flowers still blooming in gardens very lighty touched by frost.

-----Original Message-----
From: Adam Fikso <>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
Sent: Wed, Oct 21, 2009 3:58 pm
Subject: Re: [pbs] Today is your last chance to comment on new US plant importregulations

'm withTony Avent on this--for the most part-- most of his reasoning is 
ound.  Some consideration needs to be given to new species.  There is 
othing wrong with introductions even if they run wild.  They only run wild 
ecause they have been put in the wrong places. Kudzu still has good uses, 
nd just because the USDA couldn't predict the future doesn't mean that we 
hould put an embargo on all new species.    We cannot predict the future 
ither--so should not place a limit on our curiosity or on seeking new 
nowledge.   This is xenophobia and not sensible inquiry.n It might even be 
nconstitutional.  Much will depend on how the law is written and the 
----- Original Message ----- 
rom: "Michael Mace" <>
o: <>
ent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 2:03 PM
ubject: [pbs] Today is your last chance to comment on new US plant 

 Today (10/21) at midnight EST is the deadline to submit comments on the US
 government's proposed plant import regulations, which would create a new
 category of banned plants that have not yet been evaluated for potential
 pest status (sometimes referred to as "NAPPRA").  Depending on how it is
 implemented, it could ban a lot of the seed and bulb importing we do 

 There are about 250 comments on the government's comment site now, almost
 100% of them in favor of the regulations.  In fact, the only dissenting
 voice I could find was Tony Avent's.  Many of the comments are from native
 plant societies, and are advocating a very draconian version of the
 regulations.  For example, the Virginia Native Plant Society suggests a
 blanket ban on any plant that does not have a 50-year documented record of
 being grown outside its native habitat.  That would ban many of the plants
 in our collections today.

 I won't bother to re-hash the things that I wrote about these regulations
 before, but you can influence the rule-making process by submitting a
 comment.  In my experience, the government does listen to private 
 and they specifically asked for feedback from private plant groups like 
 As a PBS member, you are qualified to respond.

 I just posted a comment.  So you know, what I suggested was that the

 --Create a definition for "in cultivation" that includes anything that is
 currently in cultivation in the US, or has been in the past.

 --Exempt the small lots of seed program from the regulations (because it 
 little risk of introducing pests, and the exemption would allow private
 societies to continue their seed exchanges, which are important to them

 --Collect information from plant collectors on the invasiveness of 

 Contact me privately if you want a copy of my comments.

 If you want to comment, use this web address:…

 Click on "submit a comment"

 In "keyword" type:  aphis-2006-0011

 You will see a list of comments.  Click on one of the small icons next to
 them labeled "submit a comment"

 This will open a window to submit a comment on that particular comment.
 Don't do that.  Instead, click on the box labeled "Comment directly on
 proposed rules."

 This will open a form that lets you comment on the rules themselves.  If 
 want to write something long, you can submit a file.  But short comments 
 be typed directly into the form.



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