House Acts to Keep Funding Invasive Species Coordinator
|Johnson's HB 97 will Allow Alaska to Stay "Ahead of the Curve" on Eliminating Pests/Plants|
Posted: April 5, 2011
(Juneau) - House Bill 97, sponsored by House Rules Chair Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, eliminates the "sunset" provision from law that kept the state coordinator position from being annually-funded. "We are in a favorable position right now compared to other states and our Canadian neighbors," Johnson said. "A lot of the major threats that have devastated crops and ecosystems in other places are not here yet. Alaska has some of the most pristine land and waters in the world and I intend to keep it that way."
Alaska has some of the most pristine land and waters in the world and I intend to keep it that way.
The mission of the state coordinator is to coordinate public and private efforts to control invasive species before they can infest or take root and destroy sensitive local ecosystems. "It's a proactive approach, where a little investment up front will save the state millions in abatement costs later," Johnson said. "Other places learned that lesson the hard way - but we have the opportunity to do it right here and protect Alaska for comparatively less money."
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