[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 75 (Wednesday, April 19, 2006)]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR


Nominations for the Invasive Species Advisory Committee; 
Extension of Deadline for Nomination Submissions

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

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 
extending the deadline for submission of nominations for qualified 
persons to serve as members of the ISAC.

DATES: Extended Deadline--Nominations must be postmarked by Wednesday, 
May 17, 2006.

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 
National Invasive Species Council (NISC), 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 Council's duty is to 
provide national leadership regarding invasive species issues. Pursuant 
to the Executive Order, the Council developed a National Invasive 
Species Management Plan, which is available on the Web at http://
www.invasivespecies.gov. The Council is responsible for effective 
implementation of the Plan including any revisions of the Plan. The 
Council also coordinates Federal agency activities concerning invasive 
species; 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 most of the current members of the ISAC will expire in 
October 2006. After consultation with the other members of NISC, the 
Secretary of the Interior will actively solicit new nominees and 
appoint members to ISAC. Prospective members of ISAC should be 
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.
    Prospective nominees 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 two (2) consecutive terms. All terms will be limited to three 
(3) 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.
    The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended. 
Nominations should be postmarked no later than Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 
to Lori Williams, National Invasive Species Council (OS/SIO/NISC), 1849 
C Street, NW., Washington, DC, 20240. Due to periodic delays in 
processing surface mail, faxed nominations will also be accepted and 
may be sent to (202) 371-1751. However, all faxed nominations and 
letters of support must have signatures in order to be considered. 
Please fax ONE COPY ONLY to avoid congestion of the NISC office fax 
line.
    The Secretary of the Interior, on behalf of the other members of 
NISC, is actively soliciting nominations of qualified minorities, 
women, persons with disabilities and members of low income populations 
to ensure that recommendations of the ISAC take into account the needs 
of the diverse groups served.

    Dated: April 17, 2006.
Lori C. Williams,
Executive Director, National Invasive Species Council.
[FR Doc. 06-3770 Filed 4-17-06; 10:51 am]
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