WS Advisory Committee Renewed
May 13, 2005
May 13, 2005 -- In a May 9, 2005, Federal Register, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns announced the intent to renew the National Wildlife Services Advisory committee for a two-year period. Therefore, nominations for membership on this committee are currently being solicited. Members serve a two-year term.
The National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee advises the Secretary on policies, program issues and research needed to conduct the Wildlife Services program. The committee also serves as a public forum enabling those affected by the Wildlife Services program to have a voice in the program?s policies.
Presently there are four members representing sheep on the committee: Montana rancher Nina Baucus; Texas rancher and Texas A&M educator Maurice Shelton, PhD.; current National Animal Interest Alliance President Patti Strand of Oregon; and West Virginia sheep producer Joseph Harper.
ASI?s Executive Board will be supporting nominations to this committee in June. Nominees in the capacity of sheep producers are needed, as are recommendations for individuals to fill positions in research and academia, animal welfare, aquaculture and state wildlife management.
The current advisory committee will be holding a three-day meeting on June 21 to 23, 2005, at U.S. Department of Agriculture?s National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colo. Current member?s terms expire July 2005.
Staff contact: Tom McDonnell, ext. 54