NOAA05-R129
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Contact: Jeff Donald
8/19/05
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OLYMPIA OYSTER RESTORATION TO BE FEATURED AT WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE

The Olympia Oyster Restoration Program will be featured during the White House Cooperative Conservation Conference in St. Louis, Mo., at the end of August. The conference, convened by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will identify innovative and effective approaches to promoting cooperative conservation.

At an oyster-seeding event today, NOAA Chief of Staff Scott Rayder said, “The Olympia Oyster Restoration Program does it the right way. By engaging the community and bringing in diverse partners, this project serves as a model for how conservation should be done. NOAA is proud to work with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund and I congratulate them on being selected for the White House Conference.”

During the past two years, the Olympia Oyster Restoration Program has brought together over 100 partners, from the seafood industry, Indian tribes, state agencies, the U.S. Navy, local environmental organizations, schools, and property owners to seed over five million young oysters at over 80 sites across Puget Sound.

Betsy Peabody, executive director for the Puget Sound Restoration Fund said, “Thanks to the many collaborators who have flocked to restore this oyster – a keystone species of the near shore ecosystem and a favorite of new and old timers alike.”

In August 2004 President George W. Bush signed the Executive Order titled Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation directing the Federal agencies involved in environmental policy to actively promote cooperative conservation. On August 29, 30 and 31, 2005, invited representatives from the public and private sectors will meet in St. Louis, Missouri to share experiences and expertise to advance the cooperative conservation vision.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems, NOAA is working with its federal partners and nearly 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.

On the Web:

NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov

NOAA’s Conservation Conference: http://conservationconference.noaa.gov/