November 30, 2007
November 30, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to reactivate the Secretary's National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee before its two-year sunset and encourages membership nominations by Jan. 14.
The 20-member committee is responsible for advising the Agriculture Secretary concerning policies, program issues and research needed to support the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services' (APHIS) wildlife services program. The committee also serves as a public forum enabling those interested in wildlife services' program activities to have a voice in the program's policies.
Current members can be re-nominated to serve two-year terms on the new committee if they have not served more than three consecutive terms.
Members serving on this committee as a result of American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) nominations include Montana rancher Nina Baucus; Texas rancher and Texas A&M educator Maurice Shelton, Ph.D.; National Animal Interest Alliance director Patti Strand of Oregon and Wyoming Wool Growers Association director and producer Bryce Reece.
ASI will again be making nominations. Complete details are available at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20071800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2007/E7-23195.htm
. Staff Contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33