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Snake, Eel, Gobe, and Kudzu Invade Capitol Hill for Briefing on Invasive Species
Released: 7/18/2001

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Rebecca Phipps 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4414

Question: What do hemlock adelgid, leafy spurge, Asian swamp eel, and round gobe have in common?

Answer: All are non-native, invasive species and they, and others, are costing the United States billions per year in damage to agriculture, forests, rangelands, and fisheries. Serious efforts are underway to stem the tide of this invasion and to preserve our nation’s native biological heritage. Find out about those efforts at a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Speakers: Lee Otteni, Bureau of Land Management
Allegra Cangelosi, Northeast Midwest Institute
Jeffrey Lovich, U.S. Geological Survey

When: 10 a.m. Thurs., July 19, 2001

Where: Cannon House Office Building, Room 311, Washington, D.C.

Invasive plants and animals will be on display at the briefing including a brown tree snake, round gobe (a species of fish),Asian swamp eel, sea lamprey, giant salvinia, cheatgrass, kudzu,and hemlock adelgid.

The briefing is sponsored by Rep. Tom Davis (Va.), Sen. Daniel Akaka (Hawaii), Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (Md.), and Rep. Joel Hefley (Colo.), the Audubon Society, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, and the Public Lands Council.

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