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Babbitt Names Stocker To Federal Advisory Committee

Chuck Woods (352) 392-1773 x 281

Bruce Babbitt (202) 208-7351
Randall Stocker (352) 392-9613

GAINESVILLE—Randall Stocker, director of the University of Florida’s Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, has been invited by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt to serve on the federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

Stocker, a professor of agronomy with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is a national expert in managing invasive plants. He will serve on the committee for a two-year term that ends on December 31, 2001.

Babbitt said the purpose of the committee is to advise the federal Invasive Species Council on a broad array of issues to prevent the introduction of invasive species, providing for their control and minimizing the economic, ecological and human health impacts that invasive species cause.

The Invasive Species Council includes the U.S. secretaries of state, treasury, defense, agriculture, commerce, transportation and the administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Goals of the council, chaired by Babbitt, include developing a national invasive species management plan and encouraging planning at local, tribal, state, regional and ecosystem-based levels to achieve goals of the plan.