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ISCC appoints advisory committee

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

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