Vermont’s Invasive Exotic Plant Watch List Updated

The Vermont Invasive Exotic Plant Committee (VIEPC) maintains an unofficial watch list of plants that are known to be invasive, and may or may not be present yet in Vermont.

The watch list was updated this year, and the link to the complete list of Quarantined and Watch list species is below.

The VIEPC is composed of representatives from state and federal government, nonprofit organizations and private industry, as well as concerned individuals. The committee’s goal is to provide coordination and guidance on invasive exotic plant issues to protect natural communities, native species, agricultural and forestry interests and human use and enjoyment of Vermont’s natural resources.

Together, members:

• Promote cooperative efforts to address invasive exotic plant issues
• Educate the public, special interest groups and policymakers about invasive plants
• Compile information on invasive plants and facilitate access to the information
• Make recommendations to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets about which invasive species should be considered for the Quarantine Rule
• Develop and maintain a state watch list of invasive plants

 

To learn more about the Vermont Noxious Weed Quarantine, and for a complete list of Quarantined plants, check out this site from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, who oversees the Quarantine.

Pictured, is one of the new additions to the Watch list, European Spindletree, a relative of Burning bush. 

 

Article Credit: E Spinney, VT FPR
Photo Credit: European Spindletree, 5399623, Robert Videki, Doronicum Kft, CC Non-com 3.0 http://www.ipmimages.org/browse/detail.cfm?imgnum=5399623