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{ <br /> Sponsored by: Oates <br /> CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2010 -008 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF <br /> SEWARD, ALASKA, SUPPORTING FORMATION OF A <br /> STATEWIDE INVASIVE SPECIES ADVISORY COUNCIL <br /> WHEREAS, invasive species have proven worldwide to be a threat to natural resources <br /> and economies by competing with native species, crops, degrading fish and wildlife habitat and <br /> decreasing property values; and <br /> WHEREAS, plants, animals, fish and invertebrates introduced into an environment <br /> devoid of their natural predators can irreversibly destroy an ecosystem, including local <br /> ecosystems such as Resurrection Bay thereby impacting the natural environment and economy <br /> essential to the health and well being of the community of Seward; and <br /> WHEREAS, Alaska suffers the effects of invasive Atlantic salmon, pike, reed canary <br /> grass, Japanese knotweed, Canadian thistle, orange hawkweed, spotted knapweed and garlic <br /> mustard among others; and <br /> WHEREAS, managing invasive species when they are in small incipient populations is <br /> the most cost effective way to prevent damage to resources and the economy; and <br /> WHEREAS, Alaska is not isolated as it receives significant amounts of air, sea and land <br /> traffic, all potential vectors for transporting invasive species; and <br /> WHEREAS, other states have established Invasive Species Councils to provide affected <br /> stakeholders a cooperative, comprehensive and integrated means of communicating, prioritizing <br /> action, planning and coordinating efforts toward prevention and management of invasive species; <br /> and <br /> WHEREAS, a council's coordinated approach will serve many essential functions in <br /> advancing invasive species management including compatibility of collected data, enhanced <br /> education and outreach associated with invasive species, identifying shared priorities and <br /> avoiding duplication of efforts; and <br /> WHEREAS, Alaska has a unique opportunity to be proactive and work collaboratively <br /> to reduce the introduction of new species and manage efforts related to species that have already <br /> entered the state; and <br /> WHEREAS, states with invasive species councils are likely to be more successful in <br /> �"" securing federal funding; and <br />