Serial No. 107-25: Invasive Species: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Committee on Agriculture, House of Representatives, 107th Congress, Second Session, October 2, 2002 [open pdf - 364KB]
House of Representative Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry meets on October 2, 2002 to hear testimony on invasive species. Invasive species threaten American agriculture, forestry, and ecosystems, resulting in "unemployment, damaged goods and equipment, power failures, food and water shortages, environmental degradation, increased rates and severity of natural disasters and disease epidemics". While APHIS under USDA is the main agency in charge of controlling invasive species, coordination at all levels of government is needed to successfully combat invasive species. Testimony stresses that scientific research is a major part of this process. USDA Undersecretary James Butler testifies that APHIS "is proposed for inclusion in the new Department of Homeland Security...to prevent the entry of articles that can endanger US Agriculture through its inspection of people, cargo, modes of transportation at US borders." Testimony is heard on the National Invasive Species Council, which was created in 1999 by an Executive Order. James Tate of the Department of the Interior testifies that "America is under siege" and that the $100 Billion estimate of damage done to America by invasive species is a "slight estimate" and the real figure is "probably much higher". The implementation of the National Invasive Species Management Plan is widely discussed in testimony. Connie Riherd of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services testifies that if completely excluding pets from the US is not possible, then "we must be able to detect them early before they spread so that we can have an eradication program."
Serial No. 107-25