Alliance Supports Termination of ISPM-15 Exemption

The removal of the ISPM-15 exemption is in the works, but a group of not-for-profits is looking to seal the deal.

Twenty-nine groups under the auspices of the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases have sent a letter to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in support of the proposal by APHIS to amend the regulations for the importation of unmanufactured wood articles (7 CFR §319.40-3) to remove Canada’s exemption from the requirements that apply to wood packaging material from all other countries. According to the Nature Conservancy, the groups also recommended that APHIS continue to pursue a method to control movement of invasive pests domestically via untreated wood, which would replace the patchwork of federal quarantines and state and local regulations.

The groups include:

Alliance for Green Heat; ·American Forest Foundation; ·American Lumber Standards Committee; ·City of Chicago Bureau of Forestry; ·Colorado State University, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management; ·The Davey Institute; · Florida Native Plant Society; ·Greenspace-the Cambria Land Trust; ·Georgia Native Plant Society; ·Iowa State University, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management; ·Louisiana Native Plant Society ·Massachusetts Association of Campground Owners; ·Mycological Society of America; ·National Association of State Foresters ·National Plant Board; ·National Wooden Pallet and Container Association; ·Native Plant Society of Texas; ·North American Maple Syrup Council, Inc.; ·North Carolina Native Plant Society ·New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; ·Oregon Department of Agriculture; · Oregon State University, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology; ·Purdue University, Department of Entomology; ·Society of American Florists; ·Society of Municipal Arborists; ·Tennessee Native Plant Society; ·The Nature Conservancy; ·University of California Berkeley, Department of Plant & Microbial Biology; ·Virginia Native Plant Society.

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