March 2 U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Mting

Roger B Griffis Roger.B.Griffis at
Thu Feb 3 15:58:35 EST 2000

** Please distribute:  (apologies for cross postings)**
Full Announcement and Registration Materials for the
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force meeting, March 2, 2000, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of the Interior    U.S. Department of Commerce
   Washington, D.C.  20240         Washington, D.C.  20230

 February 2, 2000

Dear Colleague:

On behalf of the Co-Chairs of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, Secretary
of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and Under Secretary of Commerce D. James
Baker, we invite you to the fourth meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task
Force to be held on Thursday, March 2, 2000, at the Department of
Commerce auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, D.C.   This will be a special one day meeting of the Task
Force to review and discuss the proposed National Action Plan to
Conserve Coral Reefs.

The National Action Plan to Conserve Coral Reefs is a detailed,
long-term strategy for restoring, protecting, and sustainably using
coral reef ecosystems.  As many of you know, the Task Force endorsed the
draft National Action Plan at its last meeting for the purpose of
seeking comment.  A steering group has reviewed the public and agency
comments received, and is now revising the document in preparation for
its consideration and possible adoption at the upcoming Task Force

A draft agenda for the March 2 meeting is enclosed.  Copies of the draft
National Action Plan, the Executive Order No. 13089 on “Coral Reef
Protection,” and other key documents related to the U.S. Coral Reef Task
Force are available at  We hope to post a copy of
the revised National Action Plan on that website at least a week before
the meeting.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hotel Washington, 515 15th
Street, NW, Washington, D.C., telephone number 202/638-5900.  This hotel
is one block from the meeting location, and provides easy access by
Metro or taxi to airports and other destinations.  We have secured a
discount rate of $118/night, but you must place your reservation for a
“Coral Task Force” room by February 16, 2000.

If you plan to attend the fourth meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task
Force, please fill out the enclosed registration form and fax it to
Patricia Kennedy at 202/208-4684 by February 16.  Pat can also help you
with questions about logistic or administrative matters (202/208-5378;
Patricia_Kennedy at  There will be limited space available
for exhibits or displays; if interested, please contact Pete Allen
(301/413-0100; Pete.Allen at  If you have questions about other
aspects of the meeting or about the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, please
contact Roger Griffis (202/482-5034; Roger.B.Griffis at or
Molly Ross (202/208-6212; Molly_Ross at


/signed/ Donald J. Barry     /signed/ Sally Yozell
Donald J. Barry      Sally J. Yozell
Assistant Secretary for Fish and     Deputy Assistant Secretary for
   Wildlife and Parks         and Atmosphere
Department of the Interior     Department of Commerce

Enclosures:  Draft Agenda and Registration Form
DRAFT Agenda

U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Meeting
March 2, 2000

U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 2

8:00 - 8:30 am Registration

8:30 - 9:00 am Introductions and Welcoming Remarks (Cochairs)

9:00 - 9:15 am Action Items from last meeting:  Status Report (Steering

9:15 - 10:15 am Presentation and discussion:  Coral Reef Action Plan
(Task Force)

10:15 - 10:30 am Break

10:30 B 12:00 am FY2000 and FY2001 Activities:   General overview and
discussion, with special presentations (e.g., Tortugas 2000) TBA (Task

12:00 - 1:15 pm Lunch Break and Poster Session (Main Hall)

1:15 - 2:30 pm Public comment on the Coral Reef Action Plan and FY00,
FY01 Activities

2:30 - 3:15 pm Task Force Action:  Coral Reef Action Plan

3:15 - 3:30 pm  Break

3.30 - 4:30 pm Task Force Action: other issues

4:30 - 4:45 pm Summary Remarks (Cochairs)

4:45 - 5:15 pm Poster Session (Main Hall)

5:30 - 7:30 pm Reception, Willard Hotel (hosts TBA)


MARCH 2, 2000

U.S. Department of Commerce B Main Auditorium
14th and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C.



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*If you do not have access to a fax machine, you can mail your
registration to Patricia Kennedy, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849
C Street, N.W., Mail Stop 3156MIB, Washington, D.C. 20240.  Pat’s
telephone number is 202/208-5378.
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