Laws Pertaining to Invasive Plants
Some invasive plants are regulated by state, federal, or local law. The primary invasive plant laws affecting forestry in Florida are identified below.
Federal Noxious Weed List
The United States Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services administers the Federal Noxious Weed Act (USDA, 7CR-360).
Plants listed under this rule are prohibited from importation and interstate transport without a permit. Visit the USDA Plant Health website.
Florida Noxious Weeds List
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services administers
FDACS, F.A.C. Chapter 5B-57 which prohibits listed plants from
cultivation, introduction, collection, and transport without a
permit. This is the primary invasive plant law of concern
to forest managers in Florida. In particular, the listings
of Japanese climbing fern, and cogon grass have impact on movement
and sale of some forest products. Visit DACS's Plant Industry web page for Noxious Weeds.
Florida Prohibited Aquatic Plants List
Aquatic Plant Importation, Transportation, Non-nursery Cultivation, Possession and Collection
Many Florida counties and municipalities have local ordinances
addressing specific non-native invasive plant species. Check with
your local zoning department or planning office for more information.
Regional Plant Lists:
Invasive Plants of the Thirteen Southern States: This is a table of plants listed as invasive in any of the 13
Southern States. Visit the Invasive Plants of the Thirteen Southern States web page.