- Re-posted by: Gale Perez
From the Western IPM Center e-newsletter for Feb. 2020
New Risk Assessments Just Posted for Invasive Weeds
Eleven of the 12 are already documented in the West.
The purpose of the assessments is to evaluate the likelihood that a weed species will escape, naturalize, and spread in the United States, and harm natural and agricultural resources. APHIS prepares an assessment when:
- A species shows some threat potential in the United States or abroad,
- Someone requests to import a species that is either new to the United States, or if present, not widely distributed and poses a potential threat; or
- A stakeholder submits a request to APHIS to add a species to the Federal Noxious Weed List.