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In May 2007 the legislature passed and the Governor signed a resolve directing the Department of Agriculture to study invasive terrestrial plant species. The intention of this resolve was to develop a process with criteria for listing potentially invasive terrestrial plant species that could impact natural ecosystems in Maine. Plants evaluated using this system would be those that are commercially distributed and not necessarily weeds in the landscape. The Commissioner appointed a committee to study the issue and a report was presented to the legislature in February 2008.
In 2011 a new rule was adopted outlining the criteria for listing invasive terrestrial plants.
Rule Adopted: Criteria for Listing Invasive Terrestrial Plants 01-001 Chapter 273 [DOC]
A public meeting was held to obtain stakeholder input on plant characteristics and issues to consider when developing criteria to define a plant as invasive. Stakeholder Meeting Minutes
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