Federal Policies

The worldwide movement of non-native organisms damages the environment and endangers native species, undermining decades of conservation efforts. Because federally regulated international trade is the source of most invaders, we must reverse some U.S. policies and improve others.

Federal Regulatory materials include:

  • Plant import regulations – Quarantine 37
  • UCS Urges APHIS to Enable States to Respond Rapidly to Urgent Invasive Species Problems in 2006
  • 2005 Letter to APHIS on plant import regulations
  • 2005 comments–APHIS Should Strengthen Regulations on the Import of Plants for Planting
  • 2005 Comments to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on Black Carp
  • 2004 Comments to APHIS for Caulerpa taxifolia and Caulerpa

Legislative materials include:

The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act

The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (H.R. 669) would provide the Department of Interior with the necessary legal tools to better prevent further introduction of potentially and already harmful non-native wildlife. It would fundamentally change federal policy to better protect the nation.

An Action Plan on Invasive Species for President Obama and the 111th Congress

The impacts of invasive species go well beyond a local site or a single state. Countless expert reports from public and private groups have brought attention to these impacts and called for federal action to address invasive species problems. To date, progress has been woefully inadequate. However, there are opportunities to act.

The National Aquatic Invasive Species Act

Since its passage in 1990, a single law has been the nation’s chief protection against new aquatic invaders, especially those that arrive in ballast water. That law—the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990—was revised in 1996 and Congress is considering a second revision now.