The Invasive Species Council of California (ISCC) has appointed an advisory committee to recommend ways to mitigate non-native species’ effects on resources throughout the state.
“The 24 founding members of the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee (CISAC) have a challenging task ahead of them,” said Secretary A.G. Kawamura, secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture.
“They will lay the groundwork that will enable this council to enhance our collective ability to protect California’s environment, food systems, human health, and economy from invasive and destructive pests, plants, and diseases,” Kawamura said.
The ISCC, formed earlier this year, is chaired by Secretary Kawamura and vice-chaired by Mike Chrisman, secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency.
The CISAC is tasked with making recommendations to the ISCC, including drafting an invasive species rapid response plan. The committee will take input from local government, tribal governments, and federal agencies, plus environmental organizations, academic and science institutions, affected industry sectors, and impacted landowners.
• Members of the CISCAC include:
Linda Arcularius, Inyo Board of Supervisors
Ted Batkin, California Citrus Research Board
Victoria Brandon, Sierra Club
Mike Chapel, U.S. Forest Service
Gabriela Chavarria, Natural Resources Defense Council
Christiana Conser, Cal-HIP & PlantRight Sustainable Conservation
Ricardo De Leon, Metropolitan Water District
Joseph DiTomaso, UC Davis Cooperative Extension
Robert Dolezal – California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers
Dennis Faria, Imperial Catfish
Andrea Fox, California Farm Bureau Federation
Larry Godfrey, UC Davis
Robert Hoffman, National Marine Fisheries Service
Doug Johnson, California Invasive Plant Council
Mary Maddux-Gonzales, Sonoma County Public Health
Karen McDowell, San Francisco Estuary Partnership
Leigh Melander, Imaginal Institute
David Pattison, California Association of Pest Control Advisors
John Randall, Nature Conservancy
Kristina Schierenbeck, USDA-ARS
Zea Sonnabend, California Certified Organic Farmers
Rick Tomlinson, California Strawberry Commission
Greg Van Wassenhove, Santa Clara County Agricultural Commissioner
Keith Douglass Warner, Santa Clara University
For more information on the ISCC, visit www.iscc.ca.gov.