The APHIS Federal noxious weed program is designed to prevent the introduction into the United States of nonindigenous invasive plants and to prevent the spread of newly introduced invasive plants within the United States. APHIS noxious weed activities include exclusion, permitting, eradication of incipient infestations, survey, data management, public education, and (in cooperation with other agencies and state agencies) integrated management of introduced weeds, including biological control.
The Weed Program Mission Statement: APHIS will use science-based methods to prevent the introduction of parasitic-plant pests and Federal noxious weeds (including those already regulated and candidates for regulation) into the United States. APHIS will exclude, detect and eradicate newly introduced weeds that pose the highest risk to US agriculture or the environment. APHIS may cooperate with other agencies to achieve environmentally sound and desirable forms of integrated pest management against introduced invasive plants.
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Last Modified: April 3, 2013