Deadline for action is April 30, 2007.
Washington, DC (March 30, 2007)- Senator Durbin of Illinois has issued a bipartisan letter of support, cosigned by 23 other Senators, urging adequate funding for the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service to contain and eradicate exotic and invasive pests.
The letter urges FY 2008 agriculture appropriations of $45 million for Emerald Ash Borer, $30 million for Asian Longhorned Beetle, $10 million for Sudden Oak Death, and $3.6 million for Sirex Woodwasp containment and eradication programs. You can get involved by printing out Senator Durbin’s letter and sending it along with a cover letter of support from you to your US Senators.
Invasive and exotic pests can take a devastating toll on urban forest canopy, and, if left unaddressed, have far ranging consequences to the forest products industry. Emerald Ash Borer, which has spread throughout the midwest, is estimated by APHIS to have caused $20-$60 billion in damages.
But with adequate support for the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in this year’s agriculture budget, we can get better control over invasive and exotic pests, and nip small problems in the bud – before they become big problems.
Tell your Senator that you are concerned about APHIS’s ability to help states contain and eradicate pests. Provide a copy of Senator Durbin’s letter along with your own cover letter, asking for support for $45 million for Emerald Ash Borer, $30 million for Asian Longhorned Beetle, $10 million for Sudden Oak Death, and $3.6 million for Sirex Woodwasp containment and eradication programs.
If your Senator is already a supporter, thank him/her for recognizing the issue is important.
Letter from Senator Durbin
Sample Text for Writing Your Letter