WHEREAS: these natural environmental habitats, with their unique florae and faunae, are a legacy to the citizens of this state, and are meant to be shared with all who visit Louisiana;
WHEREAS: the bounty of these nature areas draws citizens and visitors alike to take pleasure by hiking, hunting, birding, fishing, camping, canoeing, and swimming;
WHEREAS: the bounty of these nature areas not only provides pleasure and peace of mind for Louisiana's citizens and visitors, but also provides a livelihood to many citizens;
WHEREAS: Louisiana is also an industrial state, it must address industrial issues and concerns, while actively protecting and preserving its natural environment; and
WHEREAS: due to the competing interests which inherently exist between the environment and industry, the state of Louisiana would benefit by sponsoring structured forums wherein discussions and an orderly exchange of ideas can occur between environmentalists, conservationists, business interests, and industrialists on issues pertaining to advancements made and problem areas in environmental protection and preservation, and all other issues relating to the environment;
NOW THEREFORE I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the State of Louisiana, by virtue of the Constitution and laws of the State of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:
SECTION 1: The Task Force on Environmental Protection and Preservation (hereafter "Task Force") is hereby created and established within the Executive Branch, Office of the Governor.
SECTION 2: Members of the Task Force shall attend forums where they will actively participate in discussions to exchange their ideas, wisdom, expertise, and knowledge on environmental issues, particularly those pertaining to the protection and preservation of the environment.
SECTION 3: The goal of the Task Force is to facilitate discussions and exchanges between environmentalists, conservationists, business interests, and industrialists on prevailing environmental concerns, and recent advancements and accomplishments in environmental matters, including identifying pertinent issues, and identifying and evaluating viable solutions to those issues in light of present and future capabilities.
SECTION 4: In their capacity as a member, Task Force members, individually or as a group, shall not perform or be charged with the responsibility of performing any of the following:
SECTION 5: In their capacity as a member of the Task Force, members shall not have access to nonpublic governmental records, reports, or information.
SECTION 6: The members of the Task Force shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Members of the Task Force shall be selected from the Governor's cabinet, from the various departments or offices in the Executive Branch, and from the general public, based upon their recognized expertise in an area pertaining to the environment, conservation, business, or industry and their desire to protect and preserve the natural environment of the state of Louisiana.
SECTION 7: A moderator shall be selected by the Task Force from its membership. The moderator shall schedule regular forum meeting sessions and may call special meeting sessions. The moderator shall also call the forums to order and adjourn the sessions.
SECTION 8: The Task Force shall create its own agenda of matters to be discussed.
SECTION 9: Office space and clerical support services shall not be provided for the Task Force, the moderator, or individual members by either the Office of the Governor or any other state agency.
SECTION 10: The provisions of this Order are effective upon signature and shall remain in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the Governor, or terminated by operation of law.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the City of Baton Rouge, on this 4th day of September, 1996.
M.J. "Mike" Foster
Secretary of State