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Ken Grob has been appointed t state statewide AIS advisory committee. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Grob appointed to three-year term on AIS advisory group

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Park Rapids resident, COLA member and Board of Adjustment member Ken Grob has been appointed to a new statewide Aquatic Invasive Species committee.

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The appointment was made in late December by DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr to the 15-member advisory committee.

According to the DNR, aquatic invasive species is one of the most important natural resource issues for Minnesota. Preventing the spread of zebra mussels, Asian carp and Eurasian watermilfoil (as well as other invasive plants and animals) in lakes and streams is critical, along with effective control of established invasive populations.

The committee was created to help the DNR maintain strong relationships with AIS stakeholders and use their advice and recommendations to help guide the department's activities. 

Appointed to three-year terms for 2013-2015 are John M. Barten, Plymouth; Gary Botzek, Roseville; Jerry Byron, Waseca; Pat Conzemius, Brooklyn Center; Rachael Crabb, Minneapolis; Jeff Forester, Minneapolis; Jay Green, Mound; Grob; Tera Guetter, Detroit Lakes; Barb Halbakken Fischburg, Detroit Lakes; Gabriel Jabbour, Orono; Michelle Marko, Moorhead; Robert E. Olsen, Canby: Greg Oswald, Ellendale; Joe Vene, Bemidji.

Ex-officio members are Michael Hoff, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Carol Altepeter, Explore Minnesota Tourism; Doug Jensen, Sea Grant Program; Dr. Peter Sorensen, University of Minnesota.

"We look forward to working with these citizen volunteers," said Steve Hirsch, DNR director of Ecological and Water Resources Division. "They offer a broad spectrum of knowledge and experience that will help us address the challenges of aquatic invasive species." 

This report was supplemented with material from the Minnesota DNR.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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