The American Institute of Biological Sciences has asked the House of Representatives and the Senate to sustain federal investments in the United States Geological Survey (USGS), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in fiscal year (FY) 2014.

AIBS encouraged Congress to provide the USGS with at least $1.167 billion in FY 2014, with at least $180.8 million for the Ecosystems activity. The testimony also requested that Congress provide the USFS Forest and Rangeland Research program with at least $310.2 million, and EPA’s Office of Research and Development with at least $600 million.

The testimony from AIBS was submitted to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, and Environment, and Related Agencies.

Additionally, AIBS director of public policy, Dr. Robert Gropp, appeared on a panel before the House subcommittee in regards to funding for USGS. Gropp chairs the USGS Coalition, an alliance of over 70 organizations united by a commitment to the continued vitality of the USGS.

Read AIBS’ testimony at


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