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From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 27, 2008

Departmental/Bureau News

  • USGS Scientist Conducts Invasive Species Workshop: On June 24, USGS scientist Randy Westbrooks taught a workshop on invasive species for teachers at the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina. In support of the USGS effort to develop a National Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) System, teachers at the workshop were encouraged to develop student networks across South Carolina for detection and reporting of strange plants and animals to State and Federal officials beginning in the fall. One of the long-term goals of the EDRR project is to increase the capacity for field data collection through a nationwide network of trained volunteers and agency field personnel. (Randy Westbrooks, Whiteville, NC, 910-648-6762)

Press Inquiries/Media

  • USGS geographer John Barras was interviewed on June 24 by USA Today about land change in coastal Louisiana.

  • USGS scientist Randy Westbrooks was interviewed about invasive weed detection and rapid response for an article published in the Spring 2008 issue of Latitude. (

  • USGS scientist Virginia Burkett was interviewed June 27 about climate change and its effects on wildlife habitats for hunters and anglers for Field and Stream magazine.

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