WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Elise Stefanik, R-21, Schuylerville, has reintroduced the Stamp Out Invasive Species Act to help combat and raise awareness of the threat invasive species pose to ecosystems in upstate New York and North Country.
Specifically, the bill would direct the United States Postal Service to issue a “semi-postal invasive species control stamp.” Net proceeds from the sale of this stamp would be directed to invasive species programs.
“Upstate New York and the North Country is home to the largest and most diverse ecosystem in New York State, including the Adirondacks, multiple lakes and rivers, and thousands of miles of trails, and I am committed to preserving it for our future generations,” said Stefanik.
An estimated 50,000 non-native invasive animal and plant species have been introduced into the United States, costing up to $100 billion a year.
“I’m proud to lead this effort in Congress to help raise awareness of the threat these invasive species pose to our natural ecosystems and fund research that will help combat these predators.”
Additionally, every state and territory in the US has at least one form of invasive plant or animal that greatly impacts the natural biodiversity in our homes.