The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) has asked Congressional appropriators to invest in science at the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and United States Forest Service (USFS) in fiscal year (FY) 2013.

In written testimony to the House Appropriations Committee, AIBS expressed support for the budget request for USGS Ecosystems Activity, while calling for the restoration of proposed funding cuts for water research. The President’s budget request for FY 2013 would increase funding for USGS by $34.5 million.

The EPA’s Office of Research and Development has been chronically underfunded since FY 2004, often at the expense of ecosystem research. The statement requests that Congress address this funding shortfall.

The FY 2013 budget request for the USFS would cut funding for the Forest and Rangeland Research by $2.5 million. If enacted, the budget would reduce the Forest Service’s capacity to conduct research relevant to wildfires, control of invasive species, and management of wildlife and fish. The testimony calls for restoration of the proposed cuts.

To read the testimony, please visit http://www.aibs.org/position-statements/20120327interiortestimony.html.

 


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