2023 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Lewis
Invasive Species Management

Item 108 #4s

Item 108 #4s

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Agriculture and Forestry
Department of Forestry FY2023 $0 FY2024 $940,000 GF
FY2023 0.00 FY2024 2.00 FTE

Page 96, line 14, strike "$39,041,707" and insert "$39,981,707".

Page 97, after line 43, insert:

"O. Out of the amounts in this item, $940,000 in the second year from the general fund is provided to support two additional staff positions and implement strategies to mitigate the impact of invasive species in support of the objectives outlined in the 2018 Virginia Invasive Species Management Plan. The Department shall take steps to eradicate or slow the spread of priority species on private and public lands; support the creation of additional Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs); and provide statewide coordination of invasive species management working with Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Department of Wildlife Resources in collaboration with relevant stakeholders."


(This amendment is part of a series of amendments to provide $2.45 million GF in FY 2024 to responsibly manage invasive species to ensure the long-term viability of Virginia’s native natural resources. Working with state agencies and in support of the goals outlined in the 2018 Virginia Invasive Species Management Plan, the Chesapeake Bay Commission has identified long-terms goals for the management of priority invasive species. This amendment funds two positions at DOF to support this approach as well as provide interagency coordination responsibilities.)