[Federal Register: April 10, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 68)]
[Page 18112-18113]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Office of the Secretary

Establishment of the Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control 
Alternatives Workgroup

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of establishment.


SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), after consultation 
with the General Services Administration, has established the Lake 
Champlain Sea Lamprey Control Alternatives Workgroup (Workgroup). The 
Workgroup will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to give policy 
and technical input on efforts to develop and implement sea lamprey 
control techniques alternative to lampricides in Lake Champlain.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dave Tilton, Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Complex, 11 Lincoln 
Street, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452, 802-872-0629, extension 12.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We are publishing this notice in accordance 
with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (5 
U.S.C. App.). The Secretary certifies that she has determined that the 
formation of the Workgroup is necessary and is in the public interest.
    The Workgroup will conduct its operations in accordance with the 
provisions of the FACA. It will report to the Secretary through the 
Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Lake Champlain Fish and 
Wildlife Management Cooperative (Cooperative) and will function solely 
as an advisory body.
    The Workgroup will provide recommendations and consensus advice to 
the Cooperative. Specific responsibilities of the Workgroup are to: (1) 
Develop consensus advice regarding the implementation of sea lamprey 
control methods alternative to lampricides; (2) recommend priorities 
for research to be conducted by cooperating organizations and 
demonstration projects to be developed

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and funded by State and Federal agencies; and (3) assist Federal and 
State agencies with the coordination of alternative sea lamprey control 
research to advance the state of the science in Lake Champlain and the 
Great Lakes.
    The Secretary will appoint up to 20 members who can effectively 
represent the varied interests associated with the Lake Champlain Long-
term Sea Lamprey Control Program. Members will represent Federal and 
State agencies and stakeholders. These members will be representatives 
of their respective constituent groups. In addition, the Secretary will 
appoint up to five members as special Government employees, selected 
for their scientific expertise. All members will be knowledgeable about 
Lake Champlain fishery management issues, including sea lamprey 
control. The Secretary will appoint Workgroup members based on 
nominations submitted by interested parties, including but not limited 
to: Vermont and New York State agencies; recreational and charter 
fishermen; sportfishing organizations; environmental organizations; 
research institutions; and the general public residing within the Lake 
Champlain area.
    We expect that the Workgroup will meet two to four times per year. 
The Service will provide necessary support services to the Workgroup. 
All Workgroup meetings will be open to the public. The Service will 
publish a notice announcing each Workgroup meeting in the Federal 
Register at least 15 days before the date of the meeting. The public 
will have the opportunity to provide input at all meetings.
    Fifteen days after publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register, a copy of the Workgroup's charter will be filed with the 
Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration; 
Committee on Environment and Public Works, United States Senate; 
Committee on Resources, United States House of Representatives; and the 
Library of Congress.
    The Certification for establishment is published below.


    I hereby certify that the Lake Champlain Sea Lamprey Control 
Alternatives Workgroup (Workgroup) is necessary and is in the public 
interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the 
Department of the Interior through the Supplemental Environmental 
Impact Statement for a Long-term Program of Sea Lamprey Control in Lake 
Champlain as published in 2001 (66 FR 46651, September 6, 2001). The 
Workgroup will assist the Department of the Interior by providing 
recommendations and policy and technical consensus advice on the 
development and implementation of sea lamprey control techniques 
alternative to lampricides in Lake Champlain.

    Dated: March 30, 2006.
Gale A. Norton,
Secretary of the Interior.
[FR Doc. E6-5138 Filed 4-7-06; 8:45 am]