The USDA offers more ways to learn about invasive plants and pests:
Information about Virginia logging industry:
http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/marketing/pdf/woodsproducts.pdf We don’t keep track of import/export data, but this seems to be an extremely comprehensive document covering the entire industry in the state of Virginia.
Information about giant African snails:
- USDA Blog Post: http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/04/19/escargot-more-like-escar-no/
- USDA Pest Alert: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/content/printable_version/pa_phgas.pdf
- USDA Pest ID Card: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/content/printable_version/idcard_phgas.pdf
Rules pertaining to agricultural items that you can and can’t bring to the continental US from Hawaii (list of flowers is included):
- Mailing and Shipping: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/2012/HI_mailing_guidance.pdf
- Traveler Baggage: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/2012/HI_inspection_notice.pdf
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation has a pretty extensive website covering invasive species specific to Virginia: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/vaisc/. Note that the USDA doesn’t necessarily regulate all of these, but the state does. The reasons for this can vary (it may not be an agricultural pest, may be a priority only in the state and a state management program makes more sense, etc.).
A quarantine is the restriction or prohibition of activities or movements that is imposed to prevent the spread of contagious diseases or pests. USDA and/or the states may have quarantines in place to prevent the spread of citrus pests and diseases. USDA takes several different steps to protect the industry in citrus producing states, including:
”Inspection of host plants at international ports, state lines, airports and mail-sorting facilities.
”Confiscation of illegally shipped plants.
”Many areas in the United States are under quarantine for citrus greening or Asian citrus psyllids, including Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and portions of Louisiana and South Carolina.
”Citrus fruit from Florida must be packed at a certified packinghouse, properly disinfected for citrus canker and accompanied by a USDA certificate.
”Industry's removal of infected trees to prevent the spread to healthy trees.
”Aggressive public education efforts at the national and state level to create awareness of these serious threats.
Here is a list of the states where quarantines related to citrus pests and diseases are in place:
Texas — Federal quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid and sweet orange scab. A small portion of Hidalgo County in Texas is quarantined for citrus greening disease.
Florida — under quarantine for citrus greening disease, Asian citrus psyllid, citrus canker and sweet orange scab. A small area of southwest Florida is under quarantine for citrus black spot.
Georgia — under quarantine for citrus greening disease and the Asian citrus psyllid.
Guam — entire island is under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid.
Hawaii — all islands under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid.
Louisiana — two parishes are under quarantine for citrus greening disease. The entire state is under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid and sweet orange scab.
Mississippi — under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid and sweet orange scab.
Northern Mariana Islands —e ntire Commonwealth is under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid.
Puerto Rico — entire Commonwealth is under quarantine for citrus greening disease and Asian citrus psyllid.
South Carolina — certain counties are under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid and citrus greening.
U.S. Virgin Islands — under quarantine for citrus greening disease and Asian citrus psyllid.
Alabama — under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid.
American Samoa — under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid.
Arizona — entire state is under quarantine for sweet orange scab. Portion of a county is under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid.
California — portions of certain counties are under temporary state quarantine for citrus greening disease. Portions of certain counties are under quarantine for Asian citrus psyllid.
Source: Alyn G. Kiel, public affairs specialist, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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