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Advance notification for shipping P. ramorum selected host plants
Advanced notification requirements
Viburnum sp.
Viburnum sp.
The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA, APHIS) has revised the advanced notification requirement for host plants of Phytophthora ramorum. The previous rule required nurseries in Oregon, Washington, and California shipping host plants of P. ramorum from regulated areas to pre-notify regulatory officials in receiving non-regulated states. Effective December 10, 2012, the USDA, APHIS is requiring, only nurseries that have been found positive for P. ramorum within the past three years (since 2010) to comply with advanced notification. The regulation remains unchanged in P. ramorum quarantine areas, requiring all nurseries to comply with advanced notification. This action is necessary based on the results of the advance notification review and information provided to USDA-APHIS by state regulatory authorities and the nursery industry.

Does your nursery need to comply?
You must provide advanced notification:
  • Nursery has been found positive for P. ramorum within the past three years
  • Nursery is located in a quarantine area; Oregon: Curry County/ California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties

How do I provide advanced notification?
Nurseries affected by federal order must send advance notification to the receiving state's agricultural office  (USDA,APHIS state contact list in pdf format; http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/pram/downloads/pdf_files/pram-prenotification-statecontacts.pdf) at the time of shipment. Please send by mail, facsimile, or email a document that includes the following;  
  • Shipping date
  • Name, telephone number, and full address of the consignee
  • Name, telephone number, and address of the shipper
  • Plant name and number of each plant species/variety shipped
  • Mode of transportation (air, courier, ground)
Advanced notification is not required for shipments of Camellia, Kalmia, Pieris, Rhododendron, and Viburnum to California, Oregon, and Washington.  More information concerning advance notification, including state contact information, can be found at the USDA's P.ramorum website at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/pram/index.shtml.