Law Banning Invasive Ornamentals Topic at Next Native Plant Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Liz McDowell   
Sunday, 05 October 2014 09:33

PlantsThe Western Mountains Chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society will hold its regular meeting at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg on Tuesday October 21st at 7:00 pm. The guest speaker is Kerrie Kyde of the Maryland Natural Heritage Program. Her presentation is titled “Maryland's Invasive Ornamental Plant Ban Law: History and Implementation”. The Maryland Legislature established the state Invasive Plant Advisory Committee in 2011, to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on invasive plants whose production and sale should be limited within the state. Ms. Kyde will discuss the establishment of the IPAC, the system it is using to assess plant species risk, and the status of the Tier 1/Tier 2 plant list in Maryland. The program will begin immediately following a brief MNPS chapter business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.


Photo Caption: Though Purple loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria, and Burning-bush, Euonymus alatus, have long been promoted as ornamental plants, they are now designated as exotic invasive species by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.


Kerrie Kyde is the Invasive Plant Ecologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Heritage Service. She is responsible for invasive plant assessment and control in ecologically sensitive areas on state lands. She has been involved in invasive plant species work professionally and personally for almost 20 years. Before joining DNR, Ms. Kyde worked at the USDA biocontrol lab in Frederick on the genetics of the invasive weed Mile-a-minute and the host range and epidemiology of the Sudden Oak Death pathogen, Phytophthora ramorum.


Ms. Kyde was a founding member of the Maryland Invasive Species Council, and is chair of the Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee charged with implementing Maryland’s new Invasive Plant Law. She was the founding president of the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council, and is currently a member of DNR’s Invasive Species Management Team and the regional Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species.


Directions: From I-68 take exit 33 (Braddock Rd & Midlothian Rd). Follow Braddock Rd ~ .2 miles to the entrance to the Appalachian Lab on the left side of the road (301 Braddock Road).  There is plenty of parking in front of the building.  


The Maryland Native Plant Society promotes awareness, appreciation, and conservation of Maryland's native plants and their habitats, working to preserve Maryland's natural heritage through education, research, advocacy and service activities. MNPS sponsors programs, workshops, field trips and an annual conference. Membership is open to all who are interested in Maryland's native plants and their habitats. For more information, visit


The Western Mountains Chapter has formed to expand the efforts of MNPS on the Allegheny Plateau and Ridge & Valley physiographic provinces of the central-Appalachians. Residents of western Maryland, nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and anyone else interested in learning more about and conserving the native plants of this region are invited to join. For more information contact Liz McDowell, Chapter Coordinator, at 301-895-3686 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

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