A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Salazar Announces New Members of Invasive Species Advisory Committee
Office of the Secretary
Edited Jan. 18, 2013 to correct a name.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed 14 new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the National Invasive Species Council.
Established by Executive Order 13112 in February 1999, the National Invasive Species Council is designed to ensure that federal programs and activities to prevent and control invasive species are coordinated, effective and efficient. The council—which is co-chaired by the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce—includes the Secretaries and Administrators of 13 federal departments and agencies.
The members of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee are 30 individuals representing a broad range of nonfederal stakeholders including scientific, conservation and agricultural groups; state governments; and industry organizations that are impacted by invasive species. Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms, each three years in length.
An invasive species is an alien (or non-native) species whose introduction does—or is likely to—cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Only a small proportion of non-native species are invasive. (See www.invasivespecies.gov.)
The members of the eighth convening Invasive Species Advisory Committee are:
Charles Bargeron (New)
University of Georgia
Joseph Bischoff, Ph.D. (New)
American Nursery and Landscape Association
Jerry Cook, Ph.D. (New)
Sam Houston State University
Phillip Cowan (New)
Landcare Research NZ
Tammy Davis (New)
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Joseph DiTomaso, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis
Otto Doering, III, Ph.D.
California Department of Fish and Game
James Furnish (New)
Restoration Ecology Consultant
Katherine Howe, Ph.D. (New)
Midwest Invasive Plant Network
William Hyatt (New)
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Phyllis Johnson, Ph.D. (Reappointed)
University of North Dakota
Eric Lane (Reappointed)
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Janis McFarland, Ph.D. (New)
Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC.
N. Marshall Meyers, Esq.
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
Edward L. Mills, Ph.D.
Carol L. Okada (New)
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Roland Quitigua (New)
University of Guam
David Reid, Ph.D. (New)
Invasive Species Consultant
Timothy Schaeffer, Ph.D., J.D. (New)
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
David E. Starling, D.V.M.
Aqueterinary Services, P.C.
Nathan Stone, Ph.D.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
John Peter Thompson
Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association
The Nature Conservancy
Robert Van Steenwick, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
Damon E. Waitt, Ph.D.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
University of Texas at Austin
Robert H. Wiltshire
Invasive Species Action Network (Representing the Federation of Fly Fishers)