DNR seeking applications for Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is seeking applications from people interested in serving on the statewide Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Advisory Committee. The committee was established in December 2012 to help guide the department’s aquatic invasive species activities.

People concerned about aquatic invasive species are encouraged to apply if they can commit to reviewing reports, preparing comments and participating in eight meetings per year. Applications are due by Dec. 10.

Aquatic invasive species is one of the state’s most important natural resources issues. Preventing the spread of zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, invasive carp, spiny waterflea, and other invasive plants and animals is of critical environmental, recreational and economic importance.

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr seeks to continue building strong relationships with those who have a particular interest and stake in the issue. The insights and perspectives of individuals, citizen organizations, and local governments have been very helpful in guiding DNR aquatic invasive species activities.

The committee comprises 15 stakeholders appointed by the commissioner to up to four-year terms. Application questions reflect the DNR’s desire to have a well-rounded Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee. Members have a range of personal and professional experiences with AIS issues, including prevention, decontamination, public awareness and control activities.

Similarly, the DNR seeks representation from different parts of the state, as well as a diversity of ages, genders, ethnicities, recreational interests and education. The committee also reflects the range of private, nonprofit and public sector organizations that are actively engaged in AIS issues. Appointees must abide by requirements pertaining to potential conflicts of interest.

Apply online at http://survey.dnr.state.mn.us/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=144770880809. Data provided for the committee application are classified as public data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. 

Details about the AIS Advisory Committee, including bios of current members, are available at www.dnr.state.mn.us/aisadvisory. For more information, contact Ann Pierce at 651-259-5119ann.pierce@state.mn.us, or Heidi Wolf at 651-259-5152heidi.wolf@state.mn.us.