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From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 18 2006


USGS, Scouts, and Museums Partner: USGS contractor and cartographer Kelly Mouton is working with the Evangeline Boy Scout Council’s Loop-A-Rama program during July. Cub Scouts earn "belt loops" for completing activities in the area of geography (taught by Kelly), language and culture, and science and nature. Other partners for the project include the Children’s Museum and the Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

Summer Educational Outreach at NWRC: During July, USGS and contract staff at the National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) provided a look at wetlands research, mapping and remote sensing work and science career opportunities for several groups of teachers and college students. Thirty-five middle school teachers visited NWRC as part of a three-day wetlands workshop sponsored by the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Then on July 17, six college interns from Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) in Cocodrie spent the morning talking with wetland researchers and learning about internship and employment opportunities. Lastly, students from across the United States who are participating in a summer program with the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy at Southern University (Baton Rouge) heard about the national and international work of USGS and learned about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands crisis and the work funded by the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA). (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media

USGS scientist Tommy Michot provided several sources of information on the American alligator to Gazeta USA, a Japanese television production company that transmits TV programs from the United States to Japan via satellite.

USGS geographer John Barras provided information on Louisiana’s coastal wetland loss to WBRZ-TV (ABC affiliate) in Baton Rouge for an upcoming news story.

USGS geographer John Barras provided land loss images to Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) for a one hour educational documentary about Louisiana’s coastal land loss. The public television "Washing Away" will be broadcast statewide on August 29, 2006.

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