possible change in importation rules (NAPPRA) now Kudzu

aaron floden aaron_floden@yahoo.com
Sun, 22 May 2016 18:33:35 PDT
Kudzu was not wanted by gardeners and its current pest status is due to the US government using it as a soil stabilizer. They spent millions planting it directly or paying farmers to plant it by the acre. The Smithsonian had great article that discussed most of the history with a few things left out. This is not one that can be blamed on gardeners. The same can be said for Morus alba, Microstegium which came in through Oak Ridge as packing material, and probably numerous others. A few I see regularly are various Eleagnus promoted as a mining recovery plant, Lespedeza was planted in these sites as well. 
So now the question is how much will an assessment cost for an unintroduced to cultivation species so that it is NAPPRA allowable?


      From: William Aley <aley_wd@icloud.com>
 To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org> 
 Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2016 4:12 PM
 Subject: Re: [pbs] possible change in importation rules (NAPPRA)
Unfortunately NAPPRA is now the rule of the import system. There are USDA staff busy placing taxa on the NAPPRA in conjunction with university scientists to compile the background documents. The problem is USDA does not know uf a taxa is a host to a disease that could become established or if the taxa is a potential plant lest ie:///weed/. No one will have an understanding of the potential until a Pest Risk Analysis is completed. Once upon a time USDA was chided by the American horticultural Association because a popular plant was not allowed to be imported into the USA. It was viewed at the worlds fair to be the most adaptive , tough and disease resistant taxa and it would not only stabilise the soil it would also add nitrogen to the soul. So USDA  allowed unregulated import of the plant to satisfy not only horticulturalist but soil conservationists.  The result is a plant know as kudzu. The rest is history. So is unregulated import of unknown plants a good idea until something 
 goes wrong? Then try to clean up the environment after?  Who pays for the clean up of plants tossed from a private garden into the hedge row that eventually naturalise and begin invading the environment and other peoples gardens? 
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