The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is currently soliciting public comments regarding the regulations covering the import of plants as nursery stock. As they note, right now anything that has the proper paperwork and is found to be pest-free gets in. Apparently APHIS is willing to consider making these regulations stricter, and even mentions creating a black list of species that will be banned until they can be properly assessed. Considering the current political climate, which seems to be very pro-business, this move by the USDA is very surprising to me. Anyone wishing to comment needs to do so by March 10, 2005.