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July 31, 2008

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Secretary Kempthorne to Host Interagency Council
to Decide on National Plan to Combat Invasive Species

Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will host Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer and other leading government officials at a meeting of the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) on Aug. 1, 2008. Kempthorne convened the meeting so that members can adopt a 2008-2012 national plan to combat invasive species. The Secretary also will announce the incoming members of the Invasive Species Advisory Council.

Who: Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Interior and NISC Co-chair
Ed Schafer, Secretary of Agriculture and NISC Co-chair
Conrad Lautenbacher, Vice Admiral and Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans andAtmosphere,
NOAA Administrator and NISC Co-chair Designee
James S. Hester, Agency Environmental Coordinator and Director of the Office of Natural
Resources, U.S. Agency for International Development and NISC Member
Stanton Cope, Captain and Executive Director of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board,
Department of Defense
George Gray, Assistant Administrator for Research and Development, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency
Daniel Reifsnyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Sustainable Development, Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, Department of State
James V. Scanlon, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Science and Data Policy, Department of
Health and Human Services
Joel Szabat, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, Department of Transportation
What: NISC Council Meeting to Consider National Invasive Species Management Plan
When: 10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Friday Aug. 1, 2008
Where: Room 5160, Main Interior Building
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20240
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