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MEMORANDUM


From: Susan Horton
Subject: Biology Highlights for National Wetlands Research Center, May 17, 2004

I. Department/Bureau News
B. Current

USGS Science Supports New National Wildlife Refuge: USGS scientists Virginia Burkett, Carroll Cordes, James Johnston and Bob Keeland recently attended the land transfer celebration for the creation of the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge held in Karnack, TX. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service assumed stewardship of over 5000 acres of forests and wetlands from the Department of the Army. For the past 10 years USGS has provided scientific and geographic data as well as an interactive educational display about the Caddo Lake ecosystem to help support sound management practices for the region. In addition to USGS, participants included Geoffrey Haskett, FWS; Craig Manson, DOI; Douglas Baker, Department of the Army; Richard Greene, EPA; Dwight Shellman, Caddo Lake Institute, Inc.; and Mike Berger, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. (Carroll Cordes, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8653)

USGS Science Coordinator Briefs FWS Regional Ecosystem Team: USGS Texas Science Coordinator Carroll Cordes recently gave an invited briefing to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service's East Texas Ecosystem Team during the spring meeting held May 18- 19, at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX. His briefing focused on the research, management and restoration needs for micro-wetlands such as bogs, seeps, and baygalls in the West Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain region and on the formation of a "bogs" working group with Federal, State and non-government organizations in Texas and Louisiana. (Carroll Cordes, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8653).



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