Giant Hogweed is
classified as a noxious weed under the Weed Control Act. This legislation
provides a means for regulating control of certain weeds in problem areas. Each
municipal council, through its weed inspector, is responsible for the degree of
control within its district.
Every person should
accept the responsibility of learning to recognize Giant hogweed. Municipal
councils, road authorities, summer resort owners, persons in charge of parks
and conservation areas, and the general public are urged to control this weed
wherever feasible. Cooperation and united effort are essential. But the
ultimate responsibility falls to each person: learn to recognize it; teach
others to recognize it; and avoid contact with it.
Noxious Weeds Program The APHIS Federal noxious weed program
is designed to prevent the introduction into the United States of nonindigenous
invasive plants and to prevent the spread of newly introduced invasive plants
within the United States. APHIS noxious weed activities include exclusion,
permitting, eradication of incipient infestations, survey, data management,
public education, and (in cooperation with other agencies and state agencies)
integrated management of introduced weeds, including biological control.
The Weed Program Mission Statement: APHIS will use science-based methods to prevent the introduction of
parasitic-plant pests and Federal noxious weeds (including those already
regulated and candidates for regulation) into the United States. APHIS will
exclude, detect and eradicate newly introduced weeds that pose the highest risk
to US agriculture or the environment. APHIS may cooperate with other agencies
to achieve environmentally sound and desirable forms of integrated pest
management against introduced invasive plants.
Plant Protection and
Quarantine (PPQ) safeguards agriculture and natural resources from the risks
associated with the entry, establishment, or spread of animal and plant pests
and noxious weeds to ensure an abundant, high-quality, and varied food supply.
Plant Pest Program
PPQ responds to many new introductions of plant pests to eradicate, suppress,
or contain them through various programs in cooperation with state departments
of agriculture and other government agencies. These may be emergency or longer
term domestic programs that target a specific pest.