In the course of our advocacy work, the Center for Invasive Species Prevention sometimes takes stands in the form of letters to Congressional committees or the Administration, briefs in court cases, or other documents. Unfortunately, our website does not allow us to post these directly. Instead, we list here a brief description of each document and ask that you contact us, using the button on the "Contact Us" page, to request a copy of the document in which you are interested.
1) CISP testimony to Congress supporting funding for APHIS and USFS programs for several Fiscal Years. Usually this testimony was submitted in collaboration with others in one of two coalitions - the Coalition Against Forest Pests or the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition.
2) Then CISP President Peter Jenkins filed a Friend of the Court (Amicus) brief in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of CISP, the Natural Areas Association and The Wildlife Society, in a case argued on April 1, 2016. USARK et al. v. Sally Jewell et al. This case is vital to maintaining the strength of the already-too-weak injurious species provision of Lacey Act (18 USC sec. 42). If the appellee, US Association of Reptile Keepers, wins their legal challenge, then interstate commerce regulation of all injurious species, e.g., Asian carps and zebra mussels, will be largely thrown out, affecting all past and future listings unless Congress amends the statute. The Amicus brief supported the Department of the Interior position that the Federal power to regulate interstate commerce is crucial and has long been recognized.
3) Testimony presented by then Vice President Faith Campbell before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining on 28 April, 2016. The hearing was on management of invasive species on federal lands.
4) Article co-authored by CISP Vice President Faith Campbell (& 15 others!) on introduced forest pests' severe impacts and policy changes that could minimize the risk -- article available at www.caryinstitute.org/tree-smart trade or from Faith Campbell (see contact information above).
5) The Amended CISP Petition filed with the Secretary of the Interior on December 8, 2016, entitled, Petition: To Amend 50 CFR §16.13 to List 42 High Risk Fish, Crayfish, and Mollusk Species as Injurious Species under the Lacey Act. This is a multi-species listing petition that is based on Ecological Risk Screening Summaries prepared by the Fish and Wildlife Service for each of the 42 species, in which a finding of "high risk" was made. CISP urges the Service to publish this listing proposal in the Federal Register for public comment and then to grant the Petition, that is, to formally declare the species as injurious. Then they will be prohibited from international importation.