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GLIN==> Save the Date: Aquatic Invasive Species Stakeholder Meeting - March 5, 2008



Michigan's Call to Action on Aquatic Invasive Species

The Office of the Great Lakes (OGL) is hosting a stakeholder meeting,
Michigan's Call to Action on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Wednesday,
March 5, 2008 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East
Lansing, Michigan to discuss the economic and environmental challenges
facing the state of Michigan in regards to AIS.  This meeting is
intended to bring together stakeholders with a vested interest and/or
concern for AIS prevention and control in the Great Lakes and Michigan
waters including environmental organizations, affected industry,
riparians, anglers, boaters, resource managers, researchers, and other
interested individuals to discuss emerging threats, ongoing challenges,
economic and ecological impacts, current efforts, management gaps, and
needed actions.  

Breakout sessions will provide participants opportunities to recommend
actions in areas of policy and legislation; research and monitoring; and
information and education to shape future activities to address AIS in
Michigan.  Discussions and recommendations will form the foundation of
the update of Michigan*s AIS state management plan.  

Advance registration is required.  To register visit
http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3308_3333_4169---,00.html. 
Interested stakeholders can go to the web site to obtain the meeting
agenda and other registration information.  For more information,
contact Emily Finnell of the Office of Great Lakes at
finnelle@michigan.gov.
 
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The original version of Michigan*s AIS management  plan was completed
in January 1996 pursuant to the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Species
Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-646) and updated in
2002.  This federal law, reauthorized in 1996 by the National Invasive
Species Act, calls upon states to develop and implement comprehensive
management plans for aquatic nuisance species.  




Emily Finnell
Office of the Great Lakes
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
6th Fl Constitution Hall, South Tower
525 W. Allegan St.
Lansing, MI  48933
517-241-7927
finnelle@michigan.gov
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