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USDA to Hold National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee Meeting

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WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will hold a meeting of the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 17-19, in
Riverdale, Maryland.

The three-day meeting will discuss efforts to increase operational capacity through prioritizing research objectives of APHIS’ wildlife services (WS) program. Additionally, the committee will discuss pertinent national programs and how to increase their
effectiveness, as well as ensuring WS remains an active participant in the goal of agricultural protection.

The meeting will be open to the public but, due to time constraints, the public cannot participate in discussions. Any interested group or individual can file a written statement with the committee before or after the meeting regarding any of the issues discussed. Written statements also can be filed at the meeting.

The NWSAC, which is comprised of stakeholders from diverse interests including agriculture and animal welfare, advises the secretary of agriculture on WS program activities, research and policies. WS is responsible for managing wildlife damage
conflicts, preventing wildlife damage to agriculture and natural resources and protecting communities from wildlife threats. The committee also serves as a public forum, enabling those interested in the WS program to have a voice in the program’s policies.

The meeting will take place in the Oklahoma City Memorial Conference Center at the headquarters of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, Maryland. This site is approximately one-half mile from the College Park
Metro Station. Public parking is also available. Visitors must show a current government issued identification card at check-in at the Security Deck. No cameras are allowed. 

For more information or to file comments, contact Joanne Garrett, director, operational support staff, USDA, APHIS, WS, 4700 River Road, Unit 87, Riverdale, Md. 20737-1234 or call (301) 851-4009. Submitted written statements should refer to Docket No.

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