New York drafts classification system to label and restrict non-native plants and animals

The Invasive Species Council of the state of New York is developing a new system to classify and control the circulation of animals and plants that undermine native ecology. Comments are being accepted on the current draft through May 14, 2010. A sampling of concepts include:

Landowners would have no obligation to remove invasive species that spread onto their lands through no fault of their own.

The proposed regulatory system recognizes the business needs of nurseries and pet businesses to be able to plan and to manage existing stocks, some of which represent years of investment. This would include “grace periods” to avoid needlessly penalizing such industries.

It encourages the nursery industry to develop varieties – “cultivars” in the plant world – that are sterile so that market demands could be satisfied without posing ecological and economic threats.

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