[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 9 (Monday, January 14, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2271-2272]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-391]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Office of the Secretary


Request for Nominations for the Invasive Species Advisory 
Committee; Extension of Submission Deadline

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

ACTION: Request for Nominations for the Invasive Species Advisory 
Committee; Extension of Submission Deadline.

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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: The submission deadline for nominations has been extended. All 
must now be postmarked by February 13, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Lori Williams, Executive 
Director, National Invasive Species Council (OS/NISC), Regular Mail: 
1849 C Street, NW., Washington, DC 20240; Express Mail: 1201 Eye 
Street, NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.

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. NISC is Co-chaired by the Secretaries of the 
Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce, and is charged with providing 
coordination, planning and 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.invasivespeciesinfo.gov. The Council is responsible 
for effective implementation of the Plan including any revisions of the 
Plan, and 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 three (3) times per year.
    Terms for many of the current members of the ISAC will expire in 
June 2008. 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.

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    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.

    Note: Employees of the Federal Government ARE NOT eligible for 
nomination or appointment to ISAC.

Submitting Nominations

    Nominations should be typed and must include each of 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.
    Incomplete nominations (missing one or more of the items described 
above) will not be considered. The submission deadline for nominations 
has been extended. All nominations should now be postmarked no later 
than February 13, 2008, to Lori Williams, Executive Director, National 
Invasive Species Council (OS/NISC), Regular Mail: 1849 C Street, NW., 
Washington, DC 20240; Express Mail: 1201 Eye Street, NW., 5th Floor, 
Washington, DC 20005.
    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: January 8, 2008.
Lori C. Williams,
Executive Director, National Invasive Species Council.
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