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Members (State Plant Regulatory Officials)
National Plant Board.

State Departments of Agriculture
National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

State Legislatures, State Laws and State Regulations (Web sites and phone numbers)
Law Librarians Society of Washington, DC. Legislative Source Book.

State Pesticide Regulatory Agencies
National Pesticides Telecommunications Network.

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(Federal and) State Noxious Weeds in GRIN
USDA. ARS. Germplasm Resources Information Network.

Federal Seed Act
USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.
AMS enforces interstate commerce provisions of the Federal Seed Act (FSA) and provides seed testing service under the Agricultural Marketing Act. The FSA regulates the interstate shipment of agricultural and vegetable seeds. Includes the State Noxious-Weed Seed Requirements Recognized in the Administration of the Federal Seed Act (2015; PDF | 2 MB). This annually updated publication contains information about the various State labeling requirements and prohibitions of noxious-weed seeds and shows the scientific names and common names according to the law and regulations of the particular State in which the seed is noxious (by State and Appendices - common and scientific name cross reference).
See also: Items of Interest in Seed Control (publication for seed control officials and seed companies).

Laws and Regulations
National Plant Board.

Introduced, Invasive and Noxious Plants - PLANTS Database
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
Includes State Noxious Weed Lists and Federal Noxious Weed List and Composite list (summary of noxious status for all listed plants in the U.S.)

Invasive Plants of the Thirteen Southern States
Published by: USDA. Forest Service; Bugwood Network.

Invasive Species Control: A Comprehensive Model State Law (2004)
Environmental Law Institute.
This report provides the statutory framework for a comprehensive state program to detect, control, and manage the threat of invasive species across all taxa. The structure of the model law is based generally on the 17 state tools for managing invasive species identified in ELI.

Model Weed Law Provisions for Management of New Invaders, Rapid Response, and Cost-Effective Allocation of Public Resources: Tiering Noxious Weed Lists to Invasion Stage - Full Report (Sep 3, 2008; PDF | 87 KB)
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Species Management.
Report by Peter M. Rice, University of Montana
Decisions on designating species for a state or provincial weed list can have far-reaching implications for effective and efficient noxious weed management. Some states already have or are moving toward "tiered" lists that group weed species according to management priority, infestation range, or other parameters. However, according to the North American Weed Management Association, most state and provincial weed laws address weeds only after they become well established. Updating noxious weed laws by developing weed lists tiered to the plant population invasion stage can guide allocation of scarce public resources to the management of prioritized noxious weeds, including those species that require a rapid response. Incorporating additional provisions into state weeds laws can strengthen efforts in managing new invaders.

Noxious Weeds in the U.S. and Canada - INVADERS Database
USDA. Agricultural Research Service; University of Montana-Missoula.

State Appendix – Halting the Invasion: State Tools for Invasive Species Management (Aug 2002)
Environmental Law Institute.

Status and Trends in State Invasive Species Policy: 2002-2009 (May 2010)
Environmental Law Institute.

Status and Trends in State Invasive Species Policy: 2002-2009: Appendix (PDF | 1 MB)
Contains detailed descriptions of amendments to state laws and regulations relevant to invasive species in 11 states (California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee)

Invasive Species Action Network.
Since 2009 there has been an increasing move toward restricting the use of felt soled waders and wading boots. Includes discussion of the history of felt and the spread of aquatic invasive species, felt regulations, clean and how felt and didymo.

Trout Unlimited Commends Alaska Board of Fisheries for Adopting Statewide Phase Out of Felt Sole Wading Products (Mar 19, 2010)
Trout Unlimited.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries has adopted a statewide phase out of felt sole wading products, effective Jan 1, 2012, to guard against the spread of aquatic invasive species. Alaska is the first state in the nation to ban the use of felt sole wading products.

State Regulations for Importing Animals
USDA. APHIS. Veterinary Services.

Invasive Plant Information - State and Provincial Weed Lists
Montana State University. Center for Invasive Species Management.

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