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USDA APHIS | Imports & Exports. On February 19, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order streamlining the import and export process for America's businesses. Implementation of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) is underway now. Upon full implementation, ITDS, through the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), will allow businesses to electronically submit the data required by U.S.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and its Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) to import or export cargo through a "Single Window" concept. Beginning November 1, 2015 APHIS customers who are importing agricultural commodities into the United States can begin using ITDS to file certain paperwork with CBP and by February 27, 2016 use the system will be mandatory. APHIS Webinar on ACE Planning and Piloting APHIS and CBP hosted a stakeholder Webinar on December 9, 2015 focused on ACE planning and piloting.

APHIS’ Implementation Guidelines (PGA Message Sets) APHIS Point of Contact. RegulatedPestList.pdf. USDA APHIS | Noxious Weeds Program Risk Assessments. PPQ conducts weed risk assessments (WRA) as part of its process for safeguarding U.S. agriculture and natural resources from weeds and invasive plants. A weed risk assessment is a science-based evaluation of the potential of a plant species to establish, spread, and cause harm in the United States. PPQ may initiate an assessment for any number of reasons, including: evaluation of commodity import requests, detection of a new weed in the United States, and petitions for listing from stakeholders. Below is a list of all of the available WRAs that PPQ has conducted.

They are provided for interested stakeholders and may be useful in setting local policies or informing resource managers. While most of the risk assessments were prepared by PPQ using the current weed risk assessment process [Guidelines Coming Soon], others were prepared using an older process (prior to 2010). We continue to provide these for interested stakeholders. Reference Files Weed Risk Assessments - Or - Barney P. USDA APHIS | Plant Health. <div class="lotusMessage2" role="alert" wairole="alert"><img class="lotusIcon lotusIconMsgError" src="icons/blank.gif" alt="Error" /><span class="lotusAltText">Error:</span><div class="lotusMessageBody">Javascript is disabled in this browser. This page requires Javascript. Modify your browser's settings to allow Javascript to execute.

See your browser's documentation for specific instructions. </div></div> Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) Plant Health Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Last Modified: Feb 7, 2014 Print The U.S. Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Between the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) March 2003 MOA with Articles 1-12 Appendices to Articles (between CBP and APHIS): USDA APHIS | Plant Health. Happy Halloween | Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile. USDA APHIS | Plant Health. <div class="lotusMessage2" role="alert" wairole="alert"><img class="lotusIcon lotusIconMsgError" src="icons/blank.gif" alt="Error" /><span class="lotusAltText">Error:</span><div class="lotusMessageBody">Javascript is disabled in this browser. This page requires Javascript. Modify your browser's settings to allow Javascript to execute.

See your browser's documentation for specific instructions. </div></div> Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) Plant Health The Federally Recognized State Managed Phytosanitary Program Last Modified: Oct 14, 2014 Print The Federally Recognized State Managed Phytosanitary (FRSMP, pronounced “free-stamp”) program establishes a process for granting Federal recognition to certain state-managed plant pest programs.

Information for Importers For questions about EANs, please contact the APHIS office nearest your shipment's port of arrival: Information for States For more information about the FRSMP program, or to submit a question, please email: Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers > Missions > Environmental > Invasive Species Management. Florida agencies work together Across Florida and throughout the nation, invasive species bring with them high ecological and economic costs. It’s far too big a problem for just one agency or group.

The Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP) is a collaborative group of federal, state and local agencies and non-government organizations, all with a stake in managing non-native species in Florida. FISP facilitates the formation of Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs), alliances of stakeholders addressing regional invasive species management.

Some of the concerns they try to address include prevention, education/awareness, early detection, rapid response, monitoring and integrated pest management. Published: 7/30/2014 Nipping invasive air potato 'in the spud' It’s almost like a scene from a science fiction movie. Slowing the spread of new invasives For the past decade, the U.S. Reducing the impact of invasive species through partnership. EPA Vessel General Permit. Introduction EPA currently regulates discharges incidental to the normal operation of commercial vessels greater than 79 feet in length and operating as a means of transportation primarily through the Vessel General Permit (VGP). The first VGP was issued in 2008 and effective until December 19, 2013. On March 28, 2013, EPA re-issued the VGP for another five years. That reissued permit, the 2013 VGP, took effect December 19, 2013 and supersedes the 2008 VGP.

A copy of the 2013 VGP and supporting documentation can be accessed below but for a brief overview of that permit, click here (PDF) (1 pg, 151K) . Recreational vessels as defined in section 502(25) of the Clean Water Act are not subject to the 2013 VGP. Final 2013 VGP (effective 12/19/2013 – 12/19/2018) Documents Federal Register Notice announcing 2013 VGP Issuance (PDF) (8 pp, 234K) 2013 VGP Issuance Press Release EPA issued an enforcement response policy regarding the ballast water discharge requirements in the VGP. Docket Information. USDA Forest Service Invasive Species Program. Welcome to the USDA Forest Service Invasive Species Program website, a portal to Forest Service invasive species information and related management and research activities across the agency and with our many partners. The goal of the USDA Forest Service invasive species program is to reduce, minimize, or eliminate the potential for introduction, establishment, spread, and impact of invasive species across all landscapes and ownerships.

The Invasive Species Program integrates many divisions of the agency. The Chief of the USDA Forest Service has identified invasive species as one of the four critical threats to our Nation’s ecosystems. In response to this national threat, we have evaluated the role of the Forest Service as a leading forest research, forest health, and Federal resource management agency. We are aware of our significant role in addressing invasive species threats at the local, state, and national levels, as well as internationally. Playing Smart Against Invasive Species.

NOAA Invasive Species. Invasive species are considered to be one of the greatest threats to marine and coastal biodiversity world-wide, second only to habitat loss. NOAA recognizes that invasive species have a profound effect on aquatic ecosystems and is working to protect our coasts from these invaders. The coastal areas of the United States possess some of the world’s most diverse and fragile ecosystems and support numerous species that depend on these habitats for survival.

Unfortunately, human development has rendered these once pristine areas vulnerable to the introduction of opportunistic invasive species. NOAA Invasive Species Program at a Glance Co-chair of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Co-chair of the National Invasive Species Council Expands and coordinates prevention, early detection, rapid response, control, and monitoring programs nationwide. Taking on Coastal Invaders The National Invasive Species Council was established February 3, 1999 by Presidential Executive Order 13112. EPA Invasive Species. You will need Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's PDF page to learn more. Invasive species means an alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Invasive species are one of the largest threats to our terrestrial, coastal and freshwater ecosystems, as well as being a major global concern. Invasive species can affect aquatic ecosystems directly or by affecting the land in ways that harm aquatic ecosystems.

Invasive species represent the second leading cause of species extinction and loss of biodiversity in aquatic environments worldwide. They also result in considerable economic effects through direct economic losses and management/control costs, while dramatically altering ecosystems supporting commercial and recreational activities. Corbicula fluminea. Vessels and Invasive Species. USCG Ballast Water Management. Ballast water discharged from ships is one of the pathways for the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) . In response to national concerns, the National Invasive Species Act of 1996 (NISA) amended the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 ( NANPCA ). The Coast Guard has established both regulations and guidelines to prevent the introduction and spread of ANS.

In 2004, the voluntary program became mandatory and current regulations are at 33 CFR 151 subparts C and D . The Coast Guard's final rule was published on March 23, 2012 in the , and became effective 90 days after publication, or June 21, 2012. The Coast Guard amended its regulations on ballast water management by establishing a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ballast water discharged from ships in waters of the United States.

Documents and public comments are located in the official rulemaking docket USCG-2001-10486 . A. B. C. {*style:<b> </b>*} The U.S. US FWS Invasive Species. An invasive species is one that is not native to an ecosystem and which causes, or is likely to cause, economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. It is important to note that when we talk about a species being invasive, we are talking about environmental boundaries, not political ones. In addition to the many invasive species from outside the U.S., there are many species from within the U.S. that are invasive in other parts of the country. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the only agency of the U.S. Government whose primary responsibility is the conservation of the nation’s fish, wildlife, and plants. For more information... News and Resources - Information and links to FWS Frequently Asked Questions, Invasive Species related contacts, Injurious wildlife information, and links to information on specific species.

FWS Injurious Wildlife Prevention. Introduction Trade in live, nonnative organisms is a multi-billion dollar industry that supports components of the pet, food, bait, aquaculture, zoo, sportfishing, and horticulture trades. Only a small fraction of those species escape from captivity, survive, and establish populations in the environment, and then disperse and cause harm.

However, those that do collectively cost society billions of dollars each year in the United States alone in lost crops, livestock, timber, fisheries, and other resources, as well as diseases and damage to property. [We should note that invasive species come from other sources besides the commerce-in-live-organism industries—these are related to transportation, such as “hitchhiking” species in ships’ ballast water and in packing materials. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is working on these transportation pathways through other avenues.] What This Website Provides We will post all the ERSS reports as they are completed. CRAYFISH: High Risk*