Ban the Sale of English Ivy

English ivy

Target: Lori Williams, Executive Director of The National Invasive Species Council

Goal: Ban the sale of English ivy at nurseries and garden centers in the US.

English ivy (Hedera) species are considered a desirable ornamental ground cover due to ease of care and swift growth. However, English ivy is not native to North America, and its rapid growth leads to ready escape from yards and into natural habitat areas.

When English ivy takes over such spaces, it chokes out ground cover, shrubs, and even large trees. This greatly impacts the biodiversity of affected regions by not only minimizing the variety of plant species in these spaces, but limiting food and shelter for wildlife as well.

The National Park Service lists English ivy as one of its “least wanted” alien species. It is considered invasive in natural areas of 18 states and the District of Columbia, primarily in states along the east and west coasts. Removal of English ivy from affected areas is difficult and costly. The Oregon Department of Agriculture estimates that removal costs can reach up to $2000/acre.

The Federal government does recognize the potential ecological and economic impacts of invasive species. The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) is a multi-agency Federal organization that helps to develop policies for managing invasive species.

However, despite the fact that federal, state, and local governments recognize that English ivy is a noxious weed, it is still widely sold at nurseries and garden centers. Please help urge NISC to help create policies that would ban the sale of English ivy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Williams,

English ivy (Hedera) species are considered an invasive weed in 18 states and the District of Columbia. Despite the fact that federal, state, and local governments recognize the English ivy is a noxious weed, it is still widely sold at nurseries and garden centers.

When English ivy takes over such spaces, it chokes out groundcover, shrubs, and even large trees. This greatly impacts the biodiversity of affected regions by not only minimizing the variety of plant species in these spaces, but limiting food and shelter for wildlife as well.

Removal of English ivy from affected areas is difficult and costly. The Oregon Department of Agriculture estimates that removal costs can reach up to $2000/acre.

Prohibiting the sale of English ivy is a crucial step in halting the spread of this noxious plant. Such a ban will help minimize ecological and economic impacts to affected areas. The National Invasive Species Council has the power and expertise to create such a policy and it’s not too late to take this plant out of the commercial supply.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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