Regulations governing the movement of plants into and within Vermont are subject to certain laws and regulations. All plants entering Vermont are required to originate from nurseries certified by the state of origin. Additional requirements exist for Hemlock, Pine, Noxious Weeds and plants originating from foreign countries.
- Nursery stock transported into this state for sale, distribution or installation shall be accompanied by a valid certificate of inspection, a reasonable facsimile, or other certification accepted by the Secretary of Agriculture or the state of origin or a federal United States Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA, APHIS, PPQ) inspector, stating that the nursery stock is believed to be free of injurious pests or plant diseases. The certificate shall contain the name and mailing address of the consignor.
- Scleroderris canker is a severe fungal disease of red pine and is found in several Vermont counties. The movement of pine nursery stock and Christmas trees out of the regulated area is prohibited without a valid certificate of inspection.
(See Quarantine # 1 - Scleroderris Canker)
Pine shoot beetle is a federally regulated insect that is known to occur in the Vermont counties of Essex, Orleans, Caledonia and Washington. Movement of Pine nursery stock, Christmas trees, logs with bark, bark and bark mulch are regulated out of these counties. Movement is only allowed under certain federal conditions.
(See Quarantine # 4 - Pine Shoot Beetle)
- The importation of hemlocks is regulated in Vermont. The appropriate state or federal official in the exporting state must issue a phytosanitary certificate prior to shipment of the hemlocks. Receiving nurseries failing to comply with this requirement may be subject to monetary penalties.
(See Quarantine #2 - Hemlock Woolly Adelgid)
- The importation, movement, sale, possession, cultivation and / or distribution of certain plants (noxious weeds) is regulated in Vermont.
(See Quarantine #3 - Noxious Weeds)
- Importing plants from a foreign country requires a permit from the United States Department of Agriculture. Import Permit information can be found at USDA APHIS PPQ Agricultural Permits.