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USDA to Chair Gulf Restore Council

“We welcome the news that the Department of Agriculture will be stepping into this key role at this critical time.”

Today, the Obama Administration announced that the U. S. Department of Agriculture will rotate into the position of the chair of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, applauded the announcement.
“We welcome the news that the Department of Agriculture will be stepping into this key role at this critical time. For the next two decades, the BP settlement will send an unprecedented amount of funding to the Gulf region. Maximizing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will take commitment, vision and leadership. The first step will be for the Restore Council to complete an inspiring, detailed comprehensive plan update that is well-grounded in science. We stand ready to assist the new Chair and Council as they work to restore the Gulf for people and wildlife. We are grateful to the outgoing chair, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, for her work over the past three years.”

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