U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Mting December 5

Roger B Griffis Roger.B.Griffis at noaa.gov
Tue Nov 6 13:25:58 EST 2001

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Meeting Announcement:  United States Coral Reef Task Force

November 1, 2001

Dear Colleague:

As acting Co-Chairs of the United States Coral Reef Task Force, Joseph E.
Doddridge (Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and
Parks, Department of the Interior) and I cordially invite you to attend an
important meeting of the United States Coral Reef Task Force on December
5, 2001 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the
National Geographic Society main auditorium, 1145 17th Street N.W.,
Washington, D.C.  A reception will follow from 5:00-7:00 pm.  The meeting
and reception are open to the public.  Time will be allotted during the
meeting for public comment specific to U.S. Coral Reef Task Force issues.

The Task Force will consider action on a number of important issues
including (1) adoption of the Task Force Charter, (2) revision of the Task
Force Oversight Policy, (3) approval of a draft Strategy for implementing
the U.S. National Action Plan to Conserve Coral Reefs and (4)
identification of future priorities.  A complete agenda will be posted on
the Task Force web site http://coralreef.gov/ prior to the meeting.

With your assistance, the Task Force has played an important role in
shaping U.S. efforts on coral reefs since its formation in 1998. Composed
of the heads of eleven federal agencies and the Governors of seven states,
territories, or commonwealths, the Task Force has helped lead U.S. efforts
to address the coral reef crisis and sustainably manage the nation=92s
valuable coral reef ecosystems.  We encourage you t= o attend the meeting
and hope your organization will continue to participate in what has been a
very visible and successful effort.

Please RSVP to Fatimah Taylor (PH: (301)713-3080 x214; FAX:(301)713-4263;
email: Fatimah.Taylor at noaa.gov) by Friday, November 16th.  There are a
number of hotels within a 2 block radius.  Contact Fatimah Taylor for more

We encourage organizations to bring exhibits or brochures on their
activities related to coral reefs.  Exhibit viewing will be limited to the
reception period.  Tables will be provided for brochures or other handouts
during the meeting.  If you wish to set up an exhibit, please contact
Fatimah Taylor to reserve exhibit space by November 16th.

We look forward seeing you at the Task Force meeting.  If you have any
questions, please contact Roger Griffis (PH: (301-713-3155x104; email:
Roger.B.Griffis at noaa.gov) or Susan White (PH: (202)208-6211; email:
Susan_White at fws.gov).


Scott B. Gudes
Acting Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce

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