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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle B. Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, January 8, 2009

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • Lake Mead Science Symposium: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jill Jenkins will present findings of a “Study of Male Fish Gamete Quality to Assess Fish Health in Lake Mead National Recreation Area” on January 13-14, 2009 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (Jill Jenkins, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8607)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • SageSTEP Working Group Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jim Grace attended a working group meeting of the SageSTEP (Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project) group in Boise, Idaho the week of January 5. This mega-project involves dozens of scientists and agencies and includes studies that span from Utah to Washington. Grace’s purpose at the meeting was to lead an effort to relate the results of this study to the question of how resilient this ecological system is to impacts of invasive species on the risk of wildfire in the Great Basin region. (Jim Grace, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8632)

  • Chenier Plain Symposium: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) staff attended, participated, and exhibited at the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Chenier Plain Symposium in Lake Charles, La., January 8 – 9. NWRC staff presentations included “Land area change in coastal Louisiana 1956 to 2006” presented by John Barras (for the team of Barras, Julie Bernier, USGS Florida Integrated Science Center, and Robert Morton, USGS), “Population-based conservation planning for wintering waterfowl in the Louisiana and Texas Chenier Plain” presented by Michael Brasher (for the team of Brasher and Barry Wilson, Gulf Coast Joint Venture), “Conservation planning for shorebirds and landbirds of the Chenier Plain” presented by William Vermillion (for the team of Vermillion, Barry Wilson, and Mark Parr, Gulf Coast Joint Venture), “Historical and recent hurricane impacts on the Chenier Plain: Habitat and changes” presented by Christopher Wells (for the team of Wells, and contractors Dennis Lichtenberg, Kelly Mouton, Jason Dugas, and Hollie Hare), and “Monitoring coastal Louisiana wetland impacts from 2005 hurricanes using Multi-Temporal MODIS NDVI data” presented by Gregory Steyer (for the team of Steyer, John Barras, and contractor Brady Couvillion). Also, David Marks and contractor Andre Williams exhibited on behalf of the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act and contractor Gabrielle Bodin exhibited on behalf of NWRC. NWRC and CWPPRA provided sponsorship for the symposium designed to bring together stakeholders interested in restoring this unique ecosystem. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

Notable Congressional Activity

  • Legislative Correspondent Ryan Evans, who is in charge of environmental and coastal protection/restoration issues for U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany of Louisiana, visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on January 7 for a briefing on wetlands issues regarding the district. (Gregory Smith, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8500)

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