[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 241 (Tuesday, December 16, 2003)]
[Notices]
[Pages 70026-70027]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-30918]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of the Secretary


Invasive Species Advisory Committee; Request for Nominations

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, National Invasive Species Council, 
Department of the Interior.

ACTION: Request for Nominations for the Invasive Species Advisory 
Committee.

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    Note: This is a republication of the notice published December 
1, 2003 (68 FR 67202). It contains a correction to the date for 
nominations.

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the 
interdepartmental National Invasive Species Council, proposes to 
appoint new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). 
The Secretary of the Interior, acting as administrative lead, is 
requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the 
ISAC.

DATES: Nominations must be received by January 15, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Lori Williams, Executive 
Director, National Invasive Species Council (OS/SIO/NISC), 1849 C 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kelsey Brantley, Program Analyst, at 
(202) 513-7243, fax: (202) 371-1751, or by e-mail at Kelsey--
Brantley@ios.doi.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Advisory Committee Scope and Objectives

    The purpose and role of the ISAC are to provide advice to the 
Invasive Species Council (Council), as authorized by Executive Order 
13112, on a broad array of issues including preventing the introduction 
of invasive species, providing for their control, and minimizing the 
economic, ecological, and human health impacts that invasive species 
cause. The Council is Co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Interior, 
Agriculture, and Commerce. The duty of the Council is to provide 
national leadership regarding invasive species issues. Pursuant to the 
Executive Order, the Council developed a National Invasive Species 
Management Plan. The Plan is available on the Web at http://
www.invasivespecies.gov. The Council is responsible for effective 
implementation of the Plan. The Council coordinates Federal agency 
activities concerning invasive species; prepares, revises, and issues 
the National Invasive Species Management Plan; encourages planning and 
action at local, tribal, State, regional and ecosystem-based levels; 
develops recommendations for international cooperation in addressing 
invasive species; facilitates the development of a coordinated network 
to document, evaluate, and monitor impacts from invasive species; and 
facilitates establishment of an information-sharing system on invasive 
species that utilizes, to the greatest extent practicable, the 
Internet.
    The role of ISAC is to maintain an intensive and regular dialogue 
regarding the aforementioned issues. ISAC provides advice in 
cooperation with stakeholders and existing organizations addressing 
invasive species. The ISAC meets up to four (4) times per year.
    Terms for approximately half of the current members of the ISAC 
will expire in March 2004. Current members of the ISAC are eligible for 
reappointment. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint members to 
ISAC in consultation with the Secretaries of Agriculture and Commerce. 
The Secretary of Interior actively solicits new nominees to the ISAC. 
Members of ISAC should be

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knowledgeable in and represent one or more of the following communities 
of interests: weed science; fisheries science; rangeland management; 
forest science; entomology; nematology; plant pathology; veterinary 
medicine; the broad range of farming or agricultural practices; 
biodiversity issues; applicable laws and regulations relevant to 
invasive species policy; risk assessment; biological control of 
invasive species; public health/epidemiology; industry activities; 
international affairs or trade; tribal or state government interests; 
environmental education; ecosystem monitoring; natural resource 
database design and integration; and internet-based management of 
conservation issues.
    Members should also have practical experience in one or more of the 
following areas: representing sectors of the national economy that are 
significantly threatened by biological invasions (e.g. agriculture, 
fisheries, public utilities, recreational users, tourism, etc.); 
representing sectors of the national economy whose routine operations 
may pose risks of new or expanded biological invasions (e.g. shipping, 
forestry, horticulture, aquaculture, pet trade, etc.); developing 
natural resource management plans on regional or ecosystem-level 
scales; addressing invasive species issues, including prevention, 
control and monitoring, in multiple ecosystems and on multiple scales; 
integrating science and the human dimension in order to create 
effective solutions to complex conservation issues including education, 
outreach, and public relations experts; coordinating diverse groups of 
stakeholders to resolve complex environmental issues and conflicts; and 
complying with NEPA and other federal requirements for public 
involvement in major conservation plans. Members will be selected in 
order to achieve a balanced representation of viewpoints, so to 
effectively address invasive species issues under consideration. No 
member may serve on the ISAC for more than three (3) consecutive terms. 
All terms will be limited to two (2) years in length.
    Members of the ISAC and its subcommittees serve without pay. 
However, while away from their homes or regular places of business in 
the performance of services of the ISAC, members shall be allowed 
travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in the same 
manner as persons employed intermittently in the government service, as 
authorized by section 5703 of Title 5, United States Code.

Submitting Nominations

    Nominations should be typed and should include the following:
    1. A brief summary of no more than two (2) pages explaining the 
nominee's suitability to serve on the ISAC.
    2. A resume or curriculum vitae.
    3. At least two (2) Letters of reference.
    Nominations should be sent no later than January 15, 2004, to Lori 
Williams, National Invasive Species Council (OS/SIO/NISC), 1849 C 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20240.
    To ensure that recommendations of the ISAC take into account the 
needs of the diverse groups served, the Department of the Interior is 
actively soliciting nominations of qualified minorities, women, persons 
with disabilities and members of low income populations.

    Dated: December 9, 2003.
Lori C. Williams,
Executive Director, National Invasive Species Council.
[FR Doc. 03-30918 Filed 12-15-03; 8:45 am]
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