New Species Added to Vermont's Plant Quarantine Rule
The final revised version of the Amended Noxious Weeds Rule has been approved by the Vermont Legislature, and is now being prepared for final filing with the Secretary of State. This rule, originally adopted in 2002, prohibits movement, distribution, and sale of several established invasive plant species, and places additional possession and cultivation restrictions on a smaller number of plant species not known to be established in the state. Some familiar originally regulated species include purple loosestrife, Japanese knotweed, several bush or shrubby honeysuckles, glossy and common buckthorns, garlic mustard, and goutweed. The amended rule will prohibit the sale and movement/distribution of Norway maple (Acer platanoides), Amur maple (Acer ginnala), burning bush (Euonymous alatus), Japanese and common barberries (Berberis thunbergii and B. vulgaris), yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus), and European naiad (Najas minor, an invasive aquatic species).