§4031. Plants taken from the wild

Published: 2015

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4031. Plants taken from the wild

(a) The

Secretary may adopt procedural rules pursuant to the Administrative Procedure

Act as set forth in 3 V.S.A. chapter 25, for the collection, sale, or

distribution of plants taken from the wild, on the list of Convention on

International Trade on Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, as amended,

provided that the plants are not on the Vermont endangered species list. He or

she may authorize surveys or other actions to determine the extent that plant

collections may be undertaken without jeopardizing the survival of a plant

species. He or she may classify plant species based on their populations or

chances for survival and may restrict what amount, if any, of a particular

species may be removed from the wild.

(b) The

Secretary may enter into programs with other government agencies to allow the

movement of wild collected plants in interstate and international travel.

(c) The

Secretary is authorized to stop-sale, to seize, or return to the point of

origin at the possessor's expense any wild plants collected, sold, or

distributed in violation of this provision.

(d) The

Secretary may collect a fee of $60.00 for a three-year permit to engage in

commerce with plants described in subsection (a) of this section. The fee shall

be credited to a special fund established and managed pursuant to 32 V.S.A.

chapter 7, subchapter 5, and shall be available to the Agency to offset the

costs of implementing this section. (Added 1985, No. 57, § 1; amended 2003, No.

42, § 2, eff. May 27, 2003; 2013, No. 72, § 20.)