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National Park Service, Pacific West Region
National Resources and Research
1111 Jackson Street, Suite 700
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 817-1429


Jay Goldsmith received a Bachelor of Science degree in conservation of natural resources from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972.  He has worked for the Department of the Interior for 40 years, 32 of which have been with the National Park Service (NPS).  Jay works in the NPS’s Pacific West Regional Office which covers parks in the states of CA, NV, OR, WA, ID, and HI and also serves parks in American Samoa, Guam, and Saipan.  He provides advice and leadership to parks in matters of natural resources management and research, and is the senior program coordinator for prioritization, distribution, and accountability of regional natural resource projects and funding.  Jay has been actively involved in managing invasive species throughout his National Park Service career.  Most recently, he led efforts to complete an Invasive Plant Management Strategy for the region and was appointed to evaluate the NPS Exotic Plant Management Team program.  Jay was awarded the Regional Director’s Natural Resource Award for Professional Excellence in 2009. 

Personal Statement

“There are 27 National Park Service units in California, and our mission is to preserve and protect their resources unimpaired for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.  It is clear we cannot be successful in achieving this mission if we are not successful in addressing the severe threat posed by invasive species, and we cannot accomplish this working alone.  We must join with adjacent landowners; State, Federal, and local agencies; and other partners to manage invasive species before they irreversibly transform the native ecosystems and cultural features and landscapes that have been entrusted to our care.  The California Invasive Species Advisory Committee provides a great opportunity for a wide spectrum of interests to work together to combat this mutual threat.” 

Conflict of Interest Statement

I have no personal financial interest in any actions that CISAC is likely to consider. My role with this organization will be to help ensure that federal government programs for invasive species are integrated with work by the state of California and others.


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