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Lands and Forests Emergency, Proposed & Recently Adopted Regulations

Emergency Regulations

Currently, there are no emergency regulations.

Proposed Regulations

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Recently Adopted Regulations

6 NYCRR Part 575 Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Species

Purpose of the new rule:

Invasive species are having a detrimental effect upon the State's natural communities and systems by out-competing native species, including threatened and endangered species, diminishing biological diversity, altering community structure and, in some cases, changing ecosystem processes. To reverse this trend, the new regulations were developed by the Department, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and Markets. These regulations are expected to help control invasive species, a form of biological pollution, by reducing the introduction of new and spread of existing populations, thereby having a positive impact on the environment.

Description of the rule:

The regulations include a list of prohibited species which are unlawful to knowingly possess with the intent to sell, import, purchase, transport or introduce; a list of regulated species which are legal to possess, sell, purchase, propagate and transport but may not be knowingly introduced into a free-living state; and require a permit for research, education and other approved activities involving prohibited species and release of regulated species into a free-living state. The rulemaking also specifies the criteria used in making such classifications and a means for future classification of species. The proposed regulations also establish grace periods for certain prohibited species to allow businesses to plan the management of existing stock. For individual species assessments, please see the Links Leaving DEC's Website section of the right column.

The Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Species regulations go into effect six months following the date of publication of the final regulations in the State Register, which was September 10, 2014. The six month grace period before the regulations take effect provides the regulated community time to sell existing stocks, and to transition to alternatives. Also recognizing the commercial importance of specific species, the regulations provide for an additional one year grace period for the possession, sale, purchase, transportation or introduction of Japanese Barberry. Costs to industry also are mitigated by continuing to allow the sale of certain regulated species with conditions attached, rather than prohibiting their sale entirely.

Documents associated with this regulation

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