Jody Hallstrom: Controls on invasive species sought
07/28/2014 4:33 PM
07/28/2014 11:41 PM
Our native biodiversity and natural ecological balances are under threat by many non-native, invasive species of birds and other animals. House Resolution 996, known as the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Preventive Act, is a comprehensive bill that would address this urgent problem. This legislation would provide for use of modern scientific approaches that include the screening of all species proposed for importation. It would transfer a portion of the costs of screening from the taxpayer to the importer. Exemptions would be provided for owners of pets that may be later listed in this important bill. Our organization is concerned about the stability of native populations of local wildlife, and we hope that the fellow community members of the San Joaquin Valley share that concern. We have contacted Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, with our support of this bill, and we urge you too to contact Rep. Denham to vote for the passage of HR 996.
Jody Hallstrom, Oakdale, Conservation Chair
and Salvatore Salerno, Modesto,
President, Stanislaus Audubon Society
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