National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) 2021
Show Me the Money: Moving from Authorization to Appropriations presented by Lee Van Wychen, Executive Director of Science Policy, Weed Science Society of America
Abstract: The U.S. federal agencies responsible for invasive species management in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, in general, have sufficient legislative authority from Congress to manage invasive species. However, federal invasive species programs remain extremely underfunded. In FY 2020, the Department of Interior estimated it spent $143 million to manage invasive species for 400+ million acres of public lands. That’s roughly 35 cents per acre for all invasive species research, prevention, EDRR, management and restoration. As invasive species stakeholders, we need to seek full appropriations as authorized for these programs. This webinar will review the new leaders and members of the appropriations subcommittees in the House and Senate that have jurisdiction for invasive species funding. We will discuss key invasive species program funding within the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and the Army Corp of Engineers.
Speaker Bio: Lee Van Wychen earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Weed Science from the University of Wisconsin and Montana State University in 1998 and 2002, respectively. Following his graduate work, he worked for two members of Congress in Washington DC on agricultural and environmental policy issues through a Congressional Science Fellowship. Since 2005, he has served as the Executive Director of Science Policy for the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) and four regional weed science societies (NCWSS, NEWSS, SWSS, and WSWS). His main responsibilities include working with Federal Agencies, Congress and other non-governmental organizations to promote research, education, and awareness of weeds in managed and natural ecosystems.
Moderated by Elizabeth Brown, NAISMA