Noxious Weed Rule

The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets passed the Noxious Weed Rule in 2002 to regulate the importation, movement, sale, possession, cultivation and distribution of certain invasive plants, including those listed on the Federal Noxious Weed List. The plants on the rule’s Noxious weed list pose a serious threat to Vermont's working forests, natural areas, and waterways. Following a legal review process, new plants are periodically added to the rule when they are found to be a problem on the landscape. In 2012, the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets passed revisions to the Quarantine Rule. 

Questions or concerns about the quarantine can be addressed to:

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
Plant Industry
(802) 828-2431


The Vermont Invasive Exotic Plant Committee (VIEPC) also maintains a “watch list," which has no regulatory force but is used to educate the public about potentially problematic plants. For more information and an up-to-date watch list, visit VT Forest, Parks & Recreation

Invasive barberry plant found in the woods in Vermont