The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration and Promotion Act
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On February 14, 2017, Representative Quigley (D-IL) introduced H.R. 1054, with co-sponsor Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). This legislation is intended to promote botanical research and botanical sciences capacity (including botanical education), generate demand for native plant materials, and authorize related federal activities. This bipartisan legislation allows federal agencies to act with the expertise required to preserve unique American landscapes and emphasizes the importance of protecting native plants and plant ecosystems. For more information, read the bill summary, Rep. Quigley's press release, Rep Ros-Lehtinen's press release, or download the full bill. You can also track the bill's progress here. There are currently twelve more cosponsors - is your representative one of them?
If your organization supports the bill, please consider endorsing it (here's why). To-date, sixty nine organizations have endorsed the bill. To add your organization to the list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. And make sure you don't miss out on opportunities to get involved in future efforts by registering your organization as a PCA Non-Federal Cooperator! If you don't know if your not-for-profit (501(c)(3)) organization can advocate for the bill - you probably can! Check out this resource from the New Jersey Center for Nonprofits.
If you support the bill, please call your representatives and voice your support for H.R. 1054. You can also ask your representative to co-sponsor the bill. Read these talking points on botanical science and native plant issues, as well as a summary of relevant funding language in the Department of the Interior Appropriations Bill 2017, which is referenced in the talking points. Note that currently there is no companion legislation in the Senate. The most effective thing you can do is schedule a meeting with staff in your legislator's office - either in DC or their local office near you. If you do meet with any legislative staff to discuss HR1054, please email us at email@example.com before your meeting so we can help with talking points and keep track of visits and follow-up communication. You can also check out our tips on meeting with a legislator or member of staff for general information. Finally, you can also easily send an email to your representatives asking them to support HR1054 by using the American Institute of Biological Sciences Legislative Action Center.