UPDATE – 01/16/2019

Dear All,

I wanted to let you know that the hard work by Ellen, Lynn, Fiona, John and many others is paying off!

The Natural Resource Commission adopted the recommendation of the Public Hearing Officer to proceed with ratification of the proposed terrestrial plant rule.

We have a few more steps to climb. The rule needs to be reviewed by the Attorney General and then reviewed and signed by the Governor before it is official. The Attorney General has 45 days from the date the NRC submits the rule, and the Governor may take 30 days to approve or disapprove the rule.

Rules become effective 30 days after filing with the Publisher.

So if all goes well, we may have an effective rule by end of April or first of March.

The rule states a person may not

  1. sell, offer or grow for sale, gift, barter, exchange or distribute a species (those species on the rule list- I am not including here, you may read the rule online);
  2. transport or transfer a species; or
  3. introduce a species.

Note that 1 and 2 are effective one year after the day of the rule and 3 is effective immediately.

You may follow the rule process here: https://www.in.gov/nrc/2377.htm

I will let you know if we get approval by the Governor.

Good to make it this far! We have much to do whether it is adopted or not.

The IPAC is reassessing all plants on the official state list that are not ranked highly invasive. We are also assessing additional plants that are showing invasive characteristics that are not on the official list.

If the rule is adopted we hope the amendment process will begin soon to add Callery pear, Norway maple, and many others.

Dawn Slack

Director of Stewardship, The Nature Conservancy

Chair, Invasive Plant Advisory Committee

Project Coordinator, Indiana Invasives Initiative, SICIM