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From: Susan Horton
Subject: Biology Highlights for National Wetlands Research Center, April 8, 2004

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USGS Scientists Appointed to Governor's Commission: USGS scientists Stephen Faulkner, Bob Keeland and Sammy King have been appointed to the Governor's Commission on Coastal Wetland Forest Conservation and Use Science Working Group for Louisiana. Wetland loss in coastal Louisiana is the highest in the Nation and the appropriate use and management of wetland forests can help prevent wetland loss. Faulkner, Keeland and King were selected to provide scientific expertise on the ecology of wetland forests. The purpose of the Science Working Group is to review existing coastal forestry policies and guidelines and provide recommendations for interim guidelines on Coastal Forest Best Management Practices (CFBMP) for the utilization and protection of coastal wetland forests in Louisiana. (Stephen Faulkner, Lafayette, LA, 337/266-8648)

USGS Scientist Gives Invited Talk at Ecological Restoration Workshop: USGS scientist Stephen Faulkner presented an invited talk entitled, "Nitrogen Removal Potential of Natural and Restored Forested Wetlands in Agricultural Watersheds of the Lower Mississippi River Valley (LMV)" at the Ecological Restoration of the Mississippi-Ohio-Missouri Basin Workshop on March 17 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. The loss of over 75% of the bottomland hardwood forests in the LMV has contributed to increased nutrient runoff and associated impacts on aquatic ecosystems such as hypoxia or "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. Restoration of former forested wetlands in the LMV can be an effective tool for improving water quality; however, scientific data identifying the most cost-effective approaches is lacking. This workshop is part of an ongoing collaborative effort to develop a comprehensive program for restoring wetlands and water quality in the Mississippi River basin. (Stephen Faulkner, 337/266-8648, Lafayette, LA)

Prepared by Susan Horton 4/8/04

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