The environment is the economic lifeblood of the North Country and it is crucial that the right choices are made now to protect New York, the United States, and the planet for future generations. The six million acres that comprise the Adirondack Park are filled with dozens of waterfalls, over thirty thousand miles of streams and rivers, and over 1500 miles of trails. The federal government must recognize the challenges that climate change and invasive species present to New Yorkers as residents of an ecologically diverse state and inhabitants of an interconnected planet.

New Yorkers have seen first-hand the destruction pollution can cause. The Adirondacks continue to recover from acid rain and they are also experiencing more instances of extreme weather. This impacts public safety and the economic security of the North Country.

There are approximately 50,000 non-native invasive animal and plant species that have been introduced to the United States, resulting in economic costs estimated at more than $100 billion annually. Due to New York’s position as the gateway to the Great Lakes and a center of international shipping trade, New York has been a point of entry for many aquatic and land-based invasive species.

As a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, the leader of the House Republican Climate Resolution, the Co-Chair of the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus and the Co-Chair of the House Invasive Species Caucus Congresswoman Stefanik is committed to consensus driven legislation to address our nation’s environmental and energy challenges. Congresswoman Stefanik believes that these solutions must be formed by the legislative branch in a way that is economically viable and puts the United States on the best possible footing to lead. By working with residents, state, and local governments the Federal Government can protect the environment while growing the economies of both the North Country and the United States.

Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R.1389 - To amend the Plant Protection Act for purposes of mitigating the threat of invasive species

H.R. 344 – Forest Legacy Management Flexibility Act

H.R. 6362 - Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2018

Legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:

H.R. 2326 – Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017

H.R. 2983 – Stop the Asian Carp Now Act of 2017

H.R. 7393 - Growing Climate Solutions Act 

H.R. 7092 - Great American Outdoors Act

H.R. 1444 - Forest Recovery Act

H.R. 5859 - Trillion Trees Act

H.R. 4031 - Great Lakes Restoration Act 

H.R. 4032 - Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Act 

H.R. 3742 - Recovering America's Wildlife Act 

H.R. 3195 - Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act

H.R. 2090 - National Scenic Trails Parity Act

H.R. 1184 - Every Kid Outdoors Act

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More on Environment

April 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik cosponsored the Trillion Trees Act of 2021, a bipartisan bill that utilizes proper forest management and a market-based approach to address the climate challenges of the 21st century. If signed into law, the Trillion Trees Act would solidify the United States as a global leader of the One Trillion Trees Initiative by conserving, restoring, and growing 1 trillion trees worldwide.

April 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik led four bipartisan members of New York’s Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) requesting that they allow farmers to mechanically harvest their cover crops and meet the NRCS standards.

March 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) introduced the Native Plant Species Pilot Program Act, bipartisan legislation that would establish a pilot program through the National Park Service (NPS) to promote the use of locally adaptive native plant materials and incorporate efforts to combat the spread of invasive plants. Senators Collins and Cantwell have introduced identical legislation in the Senate. Congresswoman Stefanik previously supported this legislation in the 116th Congress.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today voted in favor of the FY21 Omnibus Appropriations package that passed the House and the Senate. 

December 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter, along with Rep. Chris Jacobs (NY-27), Rep. John Katko (NY-24), Rep. Joseph Morelle (NY-25), and Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), to the House Appropriations Committee requesting the inclusion of funding for Phase II of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee’s expedited review of the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014 in any forthcoming spending package that may be brought to the House floor in the coming weeks.

October 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted today in favor of America’s Conservation Enhancement Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that authorizes more than $1 billion for federal wildlife and habitat conservation. The bill contains several provisions that will address environmental depredation challenges, wildlife disease, and invasive species. The bill also extends programs vital to conservation efforts, protects wildlife and their habitats, and promotes conservation.

September 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik announced that the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is seeking proposals for projects that aim to improve water quality and ecosystems along the Lake Champlain watershed. The LCBP will award more than $400,000 to qualified organizations, municipalities, and educational institutions. Projects located in the New York, Québec, and Vermont portions of Lake Champlain will be eligible for consideration.

July 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the development and implementation of the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Plan 2014 (Plan 2014):

July 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted today in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation that she cosponsored in the House. This legislation is comprised of two bills, the Restore Our Parks Act and the permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The bill establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund to support deferred maintenance projects on federal lands.