USDA Noxious Weed List
USDA Noxious Weed List
This site has a link to select your state and get the list of plants that are banned and/or illegal in your state. I know it really sucks because a lot of common plants are on the list but is a good idea to at least know if your plants are banned or not. As always, proper disposal of all aquatic plants should be strictly followed to prevent the descimation of our local waterbodies and waterways.
I was unable to find a link or site for invasive and/or banned/illegal plants for other countries, yet.
I added the site to the sticky and thought I would leave this open for comments and replies. I know I really get frustrated with our government sometimes and I have had at least one species that is on the list and is now banned in my state before it was listed.
In the Philippines, the most problematic plants found are Water Hyacinth and Water Lettuce(Pistia stratiotes). Both reproduce so fast that boats are often unable to travel well without any plants interefering the pathway.
Keep in mind that even though most plants are banned, they are still privately sold. They would just be difficult to find at your LFS/LPS, but if you go to most aquatic forums, they are easily found and traded. But as stated, make sure they are properly disposed of.
The most important thing to know is your local laws. There are states and cities where it is actually illegal to posses them let alone sell and ship them. I know 3 members in another forum that actually got in trouble for possessing Hygrophila polysperma, Sunset or sunset Hygro. They were warned not to buy or get any other listed plants and the ones that had that were illegal were confiscated with fines and jail time if they did it again. To transport Eurasian milfoil here wether intentional or accidental leads to a $400 fine. To posses it intentionally is jail time.
I realize that is a pain in the neck to have to research yourself to find your actual state laws and the restrictions but remember, at least in Washington, ignorance of the law is not an excuse and won't get you out of a court date.
Same goes exotic animal species so if I can find it I will post it so you can at least know what species to watch out for, especially snails and crustaceans. Someone actually told me it was illegal to posses MTS in a certain county in Florida although I have not been able to verify it.
Just better safe than sorry and winding up having to pay 10's of thousands of dollars if an outbreak happens and they find you have an illegal species. Don't laugh, it happens.
Dratted invasive species, moving here and taking away jobs from hard working American Noxious weeds. :roll:
But we must allow the weeds that were legally brought over to thrive. Therefore, we need to register all undocumented weeds. How about building a fence?
Next thing you know we will have to file permits for the plants we keep if they aren't native to our area. "Green" cards for plants to grow out of country. :BIGnervous:
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