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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, January 26, 2012  

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  • Forecast Mekong Plans to be Discussed with MRC: USGS Deputy Regional Executive Jim Stefanov, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, NWRC Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, and Branch Chiefs Thomas Doyle and Scott Wilson will meet with members of the Mekong River Commission by conference call to discuss Forecast Mekong work being planned for 2012. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • USGS NWRC Participates in the 2012 Nebraska Weed Management Summit in Kearney, Nebraska:  On January 17, 2012, USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Randy Westbrooks conducted two Early Detection and Rapid Response Sessions at the Nebraska Weed Management Summit that was held in Kearney, Neb. Westbrooks provided an overview of invasive species management in the first session, and outlined strategies for development of EDRR capacity for detection and eradication of new invasive plants in Nebraska in the second session. The conference, which was attended by land managers from across Nebraska, included a large number of the 93 County Weed Superintendents. This initial EDRR Training Session will be followed up in the fall of 2012 with a State EDRR Train-the-Trainer Workshop to finalize the State EDRR Work Plan, to select EDRR Target Species, and to identify early detection partner agencies, organizations, and groups who can be trained to help detect and report suspected new weeds in the state. The Nebraska EDRR Project is a good example of science and technical support that USGS has provided over the past 10 years in the effort to develop a National EDRR System for Invasive Plants in the United States. For more information about the USGS National EDRR Capacity Development Program, contact Westbrooks at rwestbrooks@usgs.gov. (Randy Westbrooks, Whiteville, N.C.; 910-648-6762)

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