Washington, D.C.–Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) took to the House floor to speak on the need to combat invasive species across New York’s 21st district and to preview her Invasive Species Summit that will take place this Friday, February 5th, 2016, at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, N.Y. A transcript of her remarks is below, or to watch video, click here.

Mr. Speaker, from Lake George, to the St. Lawrence Seaway, to the pristine waters of Lake Champlain, and all of the beautiful mountains and maple trees that run between -- my district is home to many ecological treasures.

And many of these natural wonders have fallen under siege to invasive species that threaten the health and beauty of these natural habitats.

Our environment is our lifeblood in Upstate New York, and we must protect it from these predators to boost our economy and to ensure we protect our environment for future generations.

This Friday, I am proud to join with stakeholders who have been working tirelessly on this issue across my district and across New York State at an Invasive Species Summit in Clayton.

Together we will explore best practices and information sharing, as well as working on innovative new solutions to stop this epidemic.

By working together at the federal, state and local levels, I know we can preserve our natural treasures for generations to come.