U.S. action lowers barriers to invasive species


Invasive species can cause harm to a broad spectrum of critical needs ranging from economic, food, water, and infrastructure security to human and environmental health to military readiness (1). However, recent actions by the Trump Administration put national security at risk by lowering barriers to these devastating invaders. Department of the Interior officials cut the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) budget by 50% (2) and terminated the associated Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) (3), effectively crippling the ability of federal agencies to work with each other and with nonfederal stakeholders to address invasive species. The United States needs comprehensive, robust, consistent actions to minimize impacts of invasive species that already cost the nation hundreds of billions of dollars annually (4).

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