Environmental Announcement

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WASHINGTON—Federal officials announced a coordinated effort to deal with the rapidly growing environmental and economic threat posed by invasive plants and animals nonnative to the ecosystems of the United States.

Many scientists believe the spread of invasive exotic species is one of the most serious, yet underappreciated, threats to biodiversity. Invasive animal species cause damage of U.S. $123 billion each year to crops and rangeland and have caused other problems, such as the clogging of utility and water pipes by zebra mussels in the Great Lakes region.

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    who  Bruce Babbitt, Secretary, Department of the Interior
    Dan Glickman, Secretary, Department of Agriculture
    James Baker, Under Secretary of Commerce, NOAA
    Dr. Edward O. Wilson, leading scientific expert on biodiversity,
       Harvard University
       
    when  Wednesday, February 3, 1999, 12:30 p.m. ET
       
    where  Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic Society Headquarters
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