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Are You Still Using Plants That Are Invasive? The Banning of Such Plants and More In New York

Updated on February 13, 2013
Leaves from the invasive gingko biloba tree from China.
Leaves from the invasive gingko biloba tree from China. | Source

Banning Invasive Species In New York

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has signed into law a bill on July 26th 2012, aimed at slowing the damaging spread of invasive animal and plant species. This legislation takes effect in January 2013.

What is the legislation all about?

It makes the sale, possession or transport of invasive/nonnative species punishable by fines by the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Why is this necessary?

Nonnative plants and animals disrupt native species as well as their ecosystem and can cost millions of dollars to remove from the environment. We must remember too that native animals will be deprived of a natural food source

What are some examples of the nonnative species that have done damage?

Plants -

Perennnial pepperwood removal costs $25,000 to remove. Water primrose had to be removed from the Peconic Estuary. A week ago bamboo was banned. Bamboo not only grows rapidly but roots grow horizontally and spread out rapidly.

Cabomba, a very dense underwater plant infested the two lakes of the Carmans River because someone dumped their fish tank into the water.

Animals -

Both bronze carp and feral hogs have been banned.

The published list of banned nonnative species will be available in September 2013.

Fines -

Anyone possessing banned invasive species will be fined $250. - while vendors of such plants and animals can face fines up to $2,000.

Why are there so many invasive species?

Quite simply - because they are available to us. No malice is intended but it is fairly easy to go into a nursey and buy plants from all over the world. Often they are referred to as exotic plants. The new bill takes this into account by making vendors liable and it also makes consumers more aware of the damage they are indavertently doing to their own environment.

See links below for a list of native trees, vines and more.

About Nonnative Species

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a mess we have gotten into JayeWisdom - just planting what we want where we want because it is available. It has gotten totally out of hand here in NY so laws had to go into effect. Mainly because it is the innocent being affected by neighbors.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I wish bamboo had been banned where I live decades ago. My former neighbor planted a stand of bamboo in her yard, across the fence, but shoots run underground and spring up all over half of my back lawn every spring. It grows almost faster than kudzu and requires cutting the stuff down to the ground repeatedly for months before there's a respite during the fall and winter. Needless to say, I don't like bamboo!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I am with you tillsontitan - there is so much great information right here on hubpages. I'm glad our governor is taking steps because bamboo and other plants have totally gotten out of hand - to the point of destroying native plants and invading other people's yards. Thanks for the info about your son's yard - it supports the need for legislation.

      I'm one of your followers so I will be keeping up with you as well. Yay!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I am always pleasantly surprised by the informative hubs here in Hubville and this certainly qualifies as one of them! Knowing that a plant is invasive is one thing, knowing it is against a new law is another. I've always thought there should be a helpful button on HP and if there was this one would certainly be it!

      My son lives in NJ and his neighbor has bamboo. Not only has it grown into my son's yard, but the small shoots are very sharp and dangerous to step on. I hope NJ follows NY.

      Voted up, useful, interesting, and shared.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you moonlake. I am stunned at just how many plants do not belong here - when did all this begin and why? I'm glad our governor is making us aware.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I was really surprised when I found out Queen Ann's Lace is an invasive plant in Wisconsin. Interesting hub voted up.