Invasive plants threaten native plant health and
biodiversity in both agricultural and natural systems in Maryland. Many of
these problematic plants are imported, bred, distributed and promoted for sale
in the landscape and nursery industries. Maryland’s Invasive Plant Advisory
Committee (IPAC) was established by legislative mandate in October 2011. The
IPAC’s primary responsibility is to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on
regulating the sale of invasive plants, and preventing them from entering
Maryland or from spreading further in the state. Using a scientific weed risk
assessment protocol, IPAC will classify invasive plants as Tier 1 or Tier 2 and
recommend regulations to reduce the risk of invasive plants in Maryland. See list of IPAC Members
Initial regulations were promulgated in January of 2013. See the Maryland Regulation of Invasive Plants regulations here. The remaining regulations, including proposed Tier 1 and Tier 2 plant lists are expected to be ready in April of 2015. Draft regulations will be posted on this site for preliminary review and comment prior to submission of the final proposed regulations.
The Maryland Invasive Plants Prevention and Control Law is
accessible via the following website: www.michie.com. Click on Code of Maryland and Rules>Agriculture>Title
9.5>Invasive Plants Prevention and Control>Subtitle 1, 2, and 3
Initial List of Plant
Being Assessed for Possible Listing as Tier 1 or Tier 2 Invasive Plants
Restrictions - Except as provided below, a person may not propagate, import, transfer, sell, purchase, transport, or introduce any living part of a Tier 1 invasive plant in the State. These restrictions do not apply to the transfer, lease, sale, or purchase of real property on which an invasive plant is located.
Exemptions - A person may conduct a prohibited activity if:
Disposing of the invasive plant
Controlling the invasive plant
Using the invasive plant for research or educational purposes; or
Exporting the invasive plant out of the State.
Initial List of Plants Being Assessed for Possible Listing as Tier 1 or Tier 2 Invasive Plants
Legal Authority: Md.
AGRICULTURE Code Ann. § 9.5-101 et. seq.
Page Last Updated: 09/05/2014
Carol Holko Assistant SecretaryPlant Industries & Pest Management
Telephone: 410-841-5870Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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