Gillibrand visits Paul Smith’s to push new invasives law

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Paul Smith’s College on Monday to announce a new law that she hopes will pass with bipartisan support.

Gillibrand, along with several environmental leaders, talked about the need to adopt the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, which would broaden the definition of “Injurious Wildlife” to cover invertebrates such as the Emerald Ash Borer.

The bill would give the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service more power to regulate non-native species, and would add accountability for importers who bring in invasive species.  Click on the following quote to access the full story.

“The first line of defense in controlling invasive species is to prevent their entry in the first place,” Paul Smith’s College Dean of Forestry Brett McLeod said. “Paul Smith’s College is pleased to support this effort to prevent the entry of both forest and aquatic pests.”

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  • Faith Campbell | October 12, 2017 (5:27 pm)

    Primary authority for preventing introduction of “plant pests” – e.g., insects that attack trees such as the emerald ash borer – rests with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service – in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I would never say that APHIS has done a sufficiently good job. Senator Gillibrand is on the Agriculture Committee – which has jurisdiction over APHIS; she could use that power to press APHIS to do a better job.
    The Fish & Wildlife Service has no expertise in managing invasive insects … and the Lacey Act is very weak and badly needs strengthening. For example, it does not regulate movement of species of “injurious wildlife” between the 48 continental states.

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