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Invasive Species Resolve Steering Committee Meeting Notes
October 18, 2007
Members in Attendance:
Ellen Blanchard, Lois Stack, Don Cameron, Nancy Sferra, Dale Pierson
Ann reviewed activities to date regarding the Resolve. A public meeting was held on 9/5/07. An update was presented on 10/10/07 to the Agriculture, Conservations and Forestry Committee. She also shared input from stakeholders.
The group reviewed the Resolve and raised questions regarding the intent. Ann explained her interpretation of the Resolve with the focus on developing criteria for possibly listing invasive plants. There was some concern that the groupl needed to develop a preliminary list of plants by the February deadline. Ann will check with the sponsor of the Resolve to determine his intent.
The group then reviewed the criteria from the New England states. It was decided to focus on the criteria developed by Massachusetts and teilor these to meet Maine's requirements. Points from that discussion included:
It was decided that we should have criteria at least for invasive plants already in Maine and those outside of Maine that might potentially be a problem. Ann will rework the MA criteria and incorporate the comments from the group.
The group agreed to bring to the table some plants to be considered test cases to run through the criteria for the next meeting.
Next meeting was set for November 16, 2007
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