A Notice of Final Action for the Maryland Invasive Plant Regulations was published in the April 1 Maryland Register. The new regulations here went into effect April 11. These regulations establish lists of Tier 1 and Tier 2 invasive plants, and require that signage be placed near retail displays of Tier 2 plants. The regulations also describe mechanisms for listing and delisting invasive species, procedures for the disposal of Tier 1 plants, and an outline of conditions under which the Secretary’s approval may be given for otherwise prohibited activities.
IntroductionInvasive 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
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.
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.
Legal Authority: Md.
AGRICULTURE Code Ann. § 9.5-101 et. seq.
Carol Holko Assistant SecretaryPlant Industries & Pest ManagementTelephone: 410-841-5870Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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