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Legislative Alert- Call to Action- Protect Landscape Funding On U.S. Roads and Highways

Tuesday, November 3, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
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Legislative Alert- Call to Action
GGIA Legislative Alerts are intended to call your attention to important legislative and regulatory issues that require action on your part.
Our most effective advocacy tool is you, the GGIA member. As a constituent, your voice matters and at times we need the individual voices of our members in addition to the collective voice of the association.
Our aim is to help you make your voice be heard. We will provide you with quick links, prepared comments and the information needed to contact your elected officials and express your position on important issues facing the industry and your business.
By using the tools provided in these alerts, we make this as quick and painless as possible.
Your comments, in conjunction with those of GGIA help send a powerful message. Just because we make it easy does not mean that the message is any less effective. In fact just the opposite is true.
We want to empower you to help shape the future of the industry with respect to these critical issues.
Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Chris Butts at chris@ggia.org. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance.
Your voice matters!
This week finds us closely monitoring the US Congress for potential action on bills that may impact the industry. In the Senate, S. 1140 would require the US EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to immediately withdraw the much debated "Waters of the US Rule".
You will recall numerous updates on this overreaching rule that would greatly expand the authorities of the EPA and Army Corps with respect to bodies of water. This bi-partisan legislation is intended to require the organizations to re-propose the rule within the framework of principles as outlined by Congress.
AmericanHort, American Farm Bureau, NALP and many other organizations have let the way with grassroots efforts to support this bill and similar legislation passed in the House of Representatives which Georgia's Senators have expressed they will support.
GGIA has joined with these organizations in expressing our support for SB 1140 on your behalf. You may alsoclick here to visit the American Farm Bureau Ditch the Rule pageor
We are also following an amendment to a transportation bill being considered in the House of Representatives. As you will read in the story below, the amendment could eliminate funding for landscaping and vegetation management projects on U.S. Roads and highways.
We urge GGIA members to read the following piece from AmericanHort and click the link to take action and make your voice heard in opposing the potential damaging legislation.
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives debates amultiyear surface transportation bill. During the bill's consideration by the full House,ANLA Lighthouse LogoRepresentatives Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Richard Hudson (R-NC) may offer an amendment that will eliminate federal funding for all landscaping and vegetation management projects on the nation's highways and roads.

If adopted, the Hartzler/Hudson amendment could jeopardize the structural and functional integrity of transportation projects. Currently, trees, shrubs, and other plants are often critical components of infrastructure investment. This is because of the tangible value "green infrastructure" brings in terms of economic, human health and well-being, and ecosystem services benefits. Green infrastructure stabilizes soil, filters out air and water pollution, reduces the urban heat island effect, and provide visual and noise barriers, making these projects an essential component of transportation investments.

The amendment would also halt cultivation of pollinator-friendly habitats along the federal rights-of-way, jeopardizing a key opportunity for restoring habitat and pollinator health.

This amendment could be considered as early as Wednesday. We need your voice! Please send a message to YOUR U.S. House Representative to OPPOSE the Hartzler/Hudson amendment.


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