Murkowski Morning Meeting - June 24, 2011
Note to readers: The Murkowski Morning Meeting will be pared down a bit next week due to members of the team traveling in-state conducting Mobile Office Listening Sessions. End result: You'll receive the same content and updates; there just will be less video available of Senate events.
We'll pick back up at full speed after the July 4th recess.
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House of Representatives - Events
Bats are Beneficial - and at Risk
Alaskan Impact: Unbeknownst to many, bats are an important agricultural asset - consuming insects that could harm crops and/or require toxins to be sprayed. But over one million bats have recently been killed by a fungus known as the White-Nose Syndrome. If this persists, it could result in agricultural losses up to $3.7 billion. The House Natural Resources Committee today examined the economic issue today.
Topic: "Why We Should Care About Bats: the Devastating Impact of White-Nose Syndrome"
· Gabriela Chavarria,U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
· U.S. Forest Service Associate Deputy Chief Jim Pena