Background

The invasive plant issue is extremely complex and crosses many discipline and commodity boundaries. Each has their own perspective… their own interpretation…and their own agenda when addressing concerns over the classification, use, and impact of invasive plants. Background information in this section includes: Executive Order 13112; National Invasive Species Council; National Invasive Species Council Management Plan; Invasive Species Advisory Committee (National); Two Symposia ”Linking Ecology and Horticulture to Prevent Plant Invasions” held in St Louis (2001) and Chicago (2002); and the Office of Technology Assessment, Harmful Non-Indigenous Species in the United States (1993). The intent of this section is to highlight information that will aid in our understanding and shape the way we address the issue. The information presented provides useful insight into identifying: how we as an industry can have a positive impact on minimizing the impact of harmful invasive plants; how we as an industry can address the issue both within and outside our boundaries; and equally important what we as an industry should expect as a set of standards in dealing with the issue from broad based collaboration with those outside our industry.