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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 11, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Meets with Superintendent of the National Park Service to Discuss Collaboration: On August 1, 2011, several staff members of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center met with National Park Service (NPS) Jean Lafitte Superintendent Carol A. Clarke and NPS Resources Manager Guy Hughes in New Orleans, La. Diedre Hewitt (NPS Regional POC) was also in attendance representing the NPS Rivers and Trails Program.  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director D. Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Branch Chiefs Thomas Doyle, Gregory Steyer, and Scott Wilson represented the NWRC. The group discussed current and future collaborative opportunities between the USGS and NPS in the Gulf Coast Prairies and Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Conservation Cooperatives, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and the new EPA-DOI led program, the Federal Urban Waters Partnership pilot project in the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain area. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative Meets in New Orleans: On August 1, 2011, several staff members of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center met with officials of the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCPO LCC) and also the coordinator for the Gulf Coast Prairies LCC.  The meeting was held at the Jean Lafitte National Park Headquarters in New Orleans, La. Diedre Hewitt (NPS Regional POC) represented the NPS Rivers and Trails Program. NWRC Director D. Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Branch Chiefs Thomas Doyle, Gregory Steyer, and Scott Wilson, South Central Area Associate Director for Science Allison Shipp, NWRC Landscape Ecologist Michael Osland, and NWRC Geographer Larry Handley represented USGS.  GCPO LCC Coordinator Greg Wathen, the GCPO LCC Science Coordinator John Tirpak, Regional Science Director Bill Uilein, and Gulf Coast Prairies Coordinator Bill Bartush represented the LCCs. The group discussed current and future collaborative opportunities between the USGS and the GCPO LCC in the Gulf Coast Prairies and Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Conservation Cooperatives, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and the new EPA-DOI led program, Federal Urban Waters Partnership pilot project in the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain area. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Discusses Mutual Interest in the Federal Urban Waters Partnership with USGS Office of Water Quality: On August 1, 2011, NWRC Director D. Phil Turnipseed participated in a USGS Office of Water Quality (OWQ) teleconference led by Donna Myers to discuss current and future collaborative opportunities between the NWRC and OWQ in the new EPA-DOI led program, Federal Urban Waters Partnership pilot project in the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain area and other pilot projects around the Nation. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Southeast Asian Students Learn About Coastal Louisiana and the Mekong Delta: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Hongqing Wang presented information regarding the center’s research related to coastal restoration and protection as well as research and collaboration regarding the Mekong River Delta to students from southeast Asia on August 1, 2011, in Baton Rouge, La. The Mansfield Center of The University of Montana hosted this exchange program of the U.S. Department of State. The Study of the U.S. Institute on Global Environmental Issues brought 20 English-speaking undergraduate student leaders from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Vietnam to the U.S. for five weeks to learn about environmental issues. (Hongqing Wang; Baton Rouge, La; 225-578-7482)

  • New Land Change Map Featured at Events: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center map and pamphlet, Land Area Change in Coastal Louisiana from 1932 to 2010, were distributed to attendees of the first Lafourche and Terrebonne Allied Restoration Summit hosted by Restore or Retreat and the National Wildlife Federation on August 3, 2011, for parish leaders and leaders of non-governmental organizations in the area. The map was also on display and the pamphlet distributed to attendees of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance – Hypoxia Task Force All Hands Meeting in New Orleans August 2 – 4. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • EPA-DOI holds Federal Urban Waters Partnership Stakeholder Meeting for the New Orleans/Lake Pontchartrain Pilot in New Orleans: On August 4, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director D. Phil Turnipseed and Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin participated in an EPA-led stakeholder meeting to discuss current planned pilot projects in the New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain areas to improve infrastructure and provide outreach opportunities to New Orleans citizens in the new EPA-DOI led program. The meeting was held in three phases: federal partners, State and local partners, and non-governmental partners. Many interested agencies and organizations attended this all day meeting. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Students from Geospatial Technology Workshop Visit NWRC: Thirty high school students participating in Nicholls State University Geospatial Technology Workshop visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on August 5, 2011, to learn about geospatial research, as well as other research, being conducted at the center. The students viewed a presentation by Geographer Richard Day about Atchafalaya Basin Research and presentations by Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin about bird migration and tracking and about land change in coastal Louisiana. The students then toured the center to view presentations about mapping by contractor Jason Dugas, Geographic Information Systems by contractor Adrienne Garbor, the CO2 greenhouse experiment by contractor Amy Trahan, the Science Response Vehicle by IT Specialist Gene Nelson, and research being conducted in the wetlab by contractor Meghan Holder. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Director Meets with U.S. Department of State Official To Plan for Ten-Year Wetlands Framework: On August 7 – 8, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and NWRC Wetlands and Forest Ecosystems Branch Chief Thomas Doyle hosted Rowena Watson of the U.S. Department of State to discuss a bilateral 10-year wetland strategy framework between the USA and China. Watson is the new chief of the U.S. Department of State led effort with additional participation and participants from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During her NWRC visit, Watson was taken on a field trip to visit the Atchafalaya River Basin and sites related to the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System. She then met with select NWRC staff to discuss future work, including a special issue of Wetlands (Journal of the Society of Wetland Scientists) that will be constructed in the next two years on Asian wetland ecosystems.  (Tom Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Science Teachers Learn About NWRC Science: Ten science teachers from St. Pius Elementary toured the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on August 8, 2011, to learn about research being conducted at the center. The teachers learned about a variety of projects, including mapping from Geographer Chris Wells and amphibian research from contractor Jeromi Hefner. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Executive Management Team Receives DOI Diversity Training:  On August 9 – 10, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, members of the NWRC Executive Management Team including Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Branch Chiefs Thomas Doyle, Gregory Steyer, and Scott Wilson, USGS Louisiana Business Manager, Melissa Chavis, and other NWRC and USGS Louisiana Water Science Center supervisory personnel received mandatory diversity training at the USGS Louisiana Water Science Center in Baton Rouge at the NWRC in Lafayette, La. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • USGS To Participate in the 2011 Annual Conference of the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society:  On August 17 – 19, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Invasive Species Prevention Specialist Randy Westbrooks will participate in the annual conference of the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society. The annual meeting, which is attended by aquatic plant management researchers and field professionals from around the Carolinas, will be held at Clemson University. On the first day of the conference, Westbrooks will give a presentation on the U-GA Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) and provide an update on efforts to develop new capacity for early detection and rapid response (EDRR) to new invasive plants across the U.S.  On the second day of the conference, Westbrooks will provide an EDRR Training Workshop for conference participants, with a focus on new aquatic invaders in the Southeast, such as Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta) and Crested floating heart (Nymphoides cristata). (Randy Westbrooks; Whiteville, N.C.; 910-648-6762)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • New USGS Study Illustrates Rapid Loss of Louisiana’s Wetlands (America’s WETLAND Foundation Summer Newsletter; August 9, 2011) “Louisiana's coastline is losing a football field every hour - five square miles a year faster than the last time the USGS conducted the study in 2004.” (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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