August 15, 2004
August, 2004 - Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced on June 18, 2004, the appointment of 20 members to the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC).
NWSAC members advise the agriculture secretary on USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services' (APHIS) Wildlife Services program activities and policies. APHIS is responsible for managing wildlife conflicts, preventing wildlife damage to agriculture and protecting communities from wildlife threats.
Eleven new members were appointed and nine members re-appointed, including four individuals recommended by the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) in September 2003. They include Montana rancher Nina Baucus; Texas rancher and Texas A&M educator Dr. Maurice Shelton; current National Animal Interest Alliance President Patti Strand of Oregon; and West Virginia sheep producer Joseph Harper.
"ASI is proud to recommend and support these committee members who will be working with the Wildlife Services agency, which provides crucial programs for sheep producers in the federal government," said ASI President Guy Flora. "I would also like to commend the services of Rochelle Oxarango of Idaho, Deloyd Satterthwaite of Nevada and John Baucus of Montana for representing ASI as members on this committee during the last term."
Also serving on the committee are:
- Eric Koens, Bruce, Wis., a cattle industry representative;
- Bruce Morrison, Lincoln, Neb., a Nebraska state wildlife representative;
- Ira New Breast, Denver, Colo., Blackfeet Tribe;
- John Ostrom, St. Paul, Minn., an aviation industry representative;
- Elizabeth Stallman, Gaithersburg, Md., representing the Humane Society of the United States;
- Seniora Walker, Lexington, Ky., an urban wildlife representative; and
- Hugh Warren, Indianola, Miss., an aquaculture industry representative.
The returning 2004 NWSAC members are:
- John Baxter, Dermott, Ark., an aquaculture industry representative;
- Regan Beck, Austin, Texas, a Texas rancher;
- Clait Braun, Tucson, Ariz., a professional wildlife management community representative;
- Cathy Liss, Washington, D.C., an Animal Welfare Institute representative;
- Terry Mansfield, Boise, Idaho, a representative of Idaho state wildlife agency;
- Debra Miller, Tifton, Ga., a representative of wildlife health interests;
- Scott Nelson, Lakota, N.D., a North Dakota sunflower producer; and
- Mark Zaunbrecher, Bell City, La., an American Rice Federation representative and Louisiana rice farmer.
Committee members are appointed to serve two-year terms and can serve up to three consecutive terms.