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From: Gabrielle B. Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, November 20, 2008

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  • Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership Steering Committee: Stephen Hartley of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center participated in the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership Steering Committee meeting in Nashville, Tenn., November 13 – 14. (Stephen Hartley, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8543)

  • NWRC Librarian Selected as Representative on Library Council: Linda Broussard, USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) Librarian, was selected as the representative of Government Information Users on the Louisiana Federal Depository Library Council. Her term runs July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2010. The Council meets twice a year. Broussard participated in the November 14 meeting held at the Louisiana State Library in Baton Rouge where NWRC was chosen as the host site for the May 22, 2009 meeting. (Linda Broussard, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8692)

  • La Fete d’Ecologie: USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff, David Marks and contractor Andre Williams, exhibited at the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program’s La Fete d’Ecologie in Thibodaux, La., where they distributed literature and educational CDs and talked to festival goers and about the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act and the status of coastal restoration in Louisiana. (David Marks, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8623)

  • South Central Area Staff Visit NWRC: South Central Area staff James Stefanov and Allison Shipp visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) on November 17. An all-hands meeting was held where they provided staff with information about their current activities and answered questions. A tour of the center and meetings with individual staff members followed. (Gaye Farris, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • Prairie Elementary Fourth Graders visit NWRC: Eighty fourth graders from Prairie Elementary visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) on November 19 to learn more about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The students were given a presentation about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands functions, values, loss, and restoration. Afterwards, they toured NWRC where scientists shared their work with the students. The second half of the group is scheduled to visit NWRC on December 1. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • Invasive Species Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Training Workshop: On November 20, 2008, Randy Westbrooks, a USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist conducted an Invasive Species Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Training Workshop in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, in cooperation with the Invasive Species Council of Manitoba (ISCM) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Council members as well as a number of land managers from around the province were expected to attend the half-day session. The objective of the workshop is to assist the council in developing new EDRR capacity for the province. However, the workshop is part of a larger effort to develop a North American Early Warning System for Invasive Plants – which was initiated at the 2008 Weeds Across Borders Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada, earlier this year.  On November 21, Westbrooks served as the keynote speaker at the annual general meeting of the ISCM, which was also be held in Portage la Prairie. (Randy Westbrooks, Whiteville, N.C., 910-648-6762)

  • 2008 Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch: The 2008 Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch featuring fried turkey and many other delicious treats was held at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center for staff on November 21.
  • Wellness Event: Organizers of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center Wellness Event were inadvertently left out in last week’s report. They were Susan Hoover, Priscilla Foreman, and Debbie Norling.

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