From funding redwoods research, to investigating the impacts of climate change on redwood forests, to implementing science-based restoration projects, Save the Redwoods League understands the powerful role science has in preserving our natural resources.
This is why the League is excited to support the Botany Bill (H.R. 1572). This new, bipartisan legislation was recently reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and co-sponsor Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL).
The measure promotes botanical research, improves staffing of trained botanists on federal lands, grows the market for native plant materials, and supports federal programs to protect rare, endangered, and native plants such as those species found in our redwood forests.
Rep. Quigley stressed,
“Botanical science research is an essential element in our fight against climate change, which makes this legislation so important. Botanical knowledge will also help us protect endangered species, reduce food insecurity, and understand how we can best preserve our environment for future generations.”
What is the Botany Bill?
The Botany Bill will accomplish a number of actions in policy development, land management practices, and research, including these:
- A new program of botanical science research will be created in the Department of the Interior (DOI).
- New professional opportunities and incentives will be developed to support botanical sciences experts, including adding new federal botanical positions and creating a program of educational loan forgiveness for botanical science personnel.
- Comprehensive policies for the use of native plants in land management activities will be developed.
- The measure will promote restoration-related research and provide funding to help prevent the extinction of rare plants and save endangered plants.
Botanists provide critical expertise that is especially needed now to promote land management practices that are responsive to climate change and land restoration best practices following fires. “The work of environmental scientists is becoming increasingly important for the health of our planet and the people, animals, and plants that call it home,” said Rep. Quigley.
Contact Your Members of Congress
Is your representative one of the 44 representatives co-sponsoring the Botany Bill? If not, please encourage your lawmakers to co-sponsor this important bill. Highlight the relevance of the Botany Bill to your work, the significance of making investments in research and restoration by federal agencies, and any personal anecdotes that connect you to the Botany Bill.
- Native plants are the foundation of ecosystems and provide critical benefits, including food security, climate resilience, carbon sequestration, groundwater recharge, soil health, and wildlife habitat.
- The Botany Bill emphasizes the importance of plants in the context of climate change and recognizes their contributions to biodiversity and healthy natural and working lands. The bill encourages a much-needed commitment to the incorporation of plants into decision-making at the federal level. Please contact Rep. Quigley or Rep. Rooney to become a cosponsor of H.R. 1572.