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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 17 June 2002



H E A D L I N E S

* Hearing: Invasive Species
* Update: Gross State Product
* Legislation: Brownfield Financing
* Briefing: Sustainable Forest Management

HEARING: INVASIVE SPECIES
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The House Science Committee’s environment subcommittee on Thursday, June 20, will hold a hearing on research priorities associated with aquatic invasive species. Allegra Cangelosi of the Northeast-Midwest Institute will testify.

Efforts are underway to reauthorize the National Invasive Species Act, which expires in September. The panel’s hearing will focus on the research needs to be addressed in the new legislation.

The June 20 hearing will begin at 10:00 am in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.

Contact: Allegra Cangelosi at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).


UPDATE: GROSS STATE PRODUCT
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The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week updated it’s gross state product tables to reflect the release of data for year 2000. The tables include total GSP, GSP by major sector, and sectoral share of state's total GSP. Tables include the nine major sectors for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The tables can be accessed at http//www.nemw.org/data.htm#business or http//www.nemw.org/mfg.htm#data.

Contact: Glenn Starnes at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202-544-5200).

LEGISLATION: BROWNFIELD FINANCING
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Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), co-chairs of the Northeast Midwest House Coalition, together with Reps. John McHugh (R-NY), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Dale Kildee (D-MI), and Rob Simmons (R-CT), introduced the Brownfields Site Redevelopment Act (H.R. 4894). The bill would authorize $60 million for the Economic Development Agency (EDA) in the Department of Commerce to establish a grants program for brownfields-related economic development activities. EDA currently funds brownfields out of its general authorization, but brownfields must compete with other EDA activities for this funding.

Contact: Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).


BRIEFING: SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
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The Northeast-Midwest Institute and Coalitions on Wednesday, June 26, will sponsor two briefings on efforts to promote and implement sustainable forest management practices. The panelists -- representing nonindustrial private landowners, community-based groups, state foresters, and Indian tribes -- will describe specific management practices they have carried out; their successes and challenges in fostering forest sustainability; the ways in which federal programs, policies, and regulations support or hinder their efforts; and the types of federal initiatives that could help advance sustainable forest management.

The House briefing will run from 1:00 pm until 2:15 pm in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building. The Senate-side session will begin at 3:00 pm in 220 Russell Senate Office Building.

Contact: Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4019).

LETTER: STATE AND PRIVATE FORESTRY FUNDING
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Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Richard Lugar (R-IN) are circulating a letter requesting increased fiscal 2003 appropriations for key State and Private Forestry programs. The letter highlights the Forest Legacy Program, Forest Stewardship Program, Forest Health and Cooperative Fire programs, International Forestry program, and Foerstry Inventory and Analysis program. This annual letter was endorsed by 43 senators in fiscal 2002 and 41 in fiscal 2001. Deadline for signatures is Wednesday, June 26.

Contacts: Michael Knipe with Sen. Lugar (224-5928) or Sarah Lewis with Sen. Leahy (224-4242).