Jeff Forester From MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates named to Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee

The Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has established a formal, statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Advisory Committee.  The Commissioner wants to ensure that DNR continues to build strong relationships with its AIS stakeholders and use their insights and perspectives to help guide DNR AIS activities. 

At the DNR Roundtable on January 8th Commissioner Landwehr introduced the members of the new AIS Advisory Committee.  MN Lakes and Rivers Advocates Executive Director Jeff Forester was chosen to participate in this important work. Here is a press release announcing the formation of the 

DNR commissioner appoints new Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee

(Released December 28, 2012) Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Tom Landwehr appointed 15 members on Dec. 19 to a new statewide Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee.  Full Story

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr wrote, "It is only with the participation and knowledge of citizens like yourself that the Department can continue to address the challenges surrounding aquatic invasive species issues.  Thank you for your commitment to this responsibility." As a member of the AIS Advisory Committee, Jeff Forester will be at the table as AIS policy and programs are developed, working with the DNR, the AIS Research Center at the University of Minnesota, and other AIS activists in Minnesota.  The composition of the Committee covers academics, local government officials, County and State lake and River Organizations, Explore Minnesota, Anglers and Watershed Districts. 

"It is a great mix of people," Said Jeff Forester. "It is an honor to have been included and I am excited by the work ahead of us."

The first meeting of the AIS Advisory Committee is scheduled for Jan. 24th. The goal is to develop and enforce a comprehensive statewide plan to slow and stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species like Zebra Mussels, which are already in Minnesota, and future invaders like the snakehead carp that are on their way to our border.

Snakehead carp are a top predator, can live out of water up to four days and travel 1/4 mile across dry land.

 

Priorities Include:

 

  • Reliable and ongoing funding
  • Comprehensive plan integrated across MN Agencies and Upper Midwest region
  • Strengthening watershed health and resiliency to make them less susceptible to invaders

 

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