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MEMORANDUM


From: Susan Horton
Subject: Biology Highlights for National Wetlands Research Center, July 2, 2004

I. Department/Bureau News
B. Current

Gulf Guardian Award: On June 29, EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program announced the winners of the Gulf Guardian Awards. USGS scientist Robert Stewart won in the Individual Category for his scientific and leadership contributions to coastal wetland conservation and protection in the Gulf Coast region during the past 30 years. Stewart will receive his award at the Southern States Environmental Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi in September. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, (337) 266-8655)

USGS Mapping Sleuths: USGS scientists Elijah Ramsey and Gene Nelson have been analyzing historical aerial photographs from 1934 to 2000 in order to determine the landcover that once existed in and around the Palo Alto (TX) Battlefield National Historic Site (U. S. – Mexican War of 1846-1848). On June 29, Nelson was interviewed at the National Park Service's battlefield site in Texas for a History Channel documentrary series called Battlefield Detectives. Battlefield Detectives looks at a specific battle site and with analysis of the geology, terrain, weaponry, and tactics tries to piece together how and why key events happened and why a particular side won the battle. The Palo Alto Battlefield segment is scheduled to air in November. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, (337) 266-8655)

II. Press Inquiries/Media

USGS scientist Robert Stewart was interviewed July 1 by Water Environment and Technology about Louisiana's coastal wetland loss and the research being done to understand and monitor the problem.



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