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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 10, 2009      

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • South Korean Officials To Visit NWRC: Representatives from the Ministry of Environment Republic of Korea and the United Nations Development Program Global Environment Facility Trust Fund Korea Wetland Project (UNDP/GEF KWP) will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on September 22, 2009, to learn about how the center is organized and the research being conducted. Young Seong Lee of the Nature Policy Division/Nature Conservation Bureau, and Jin Ha Choi and Administration and Budget Officer Gounee Sung of the UNDP/GEF KWP want to learn about the center as a model for building a similar type of facility in South Korea. The UNDP/GEF KWP activities are to establish public-private partnerships for wetlands management; develop and execute better policies to protect and manage wetlands; establish and strengthen wetlands networks and international cooperation; build wetlands management capacity at demonstration sites;  and revitalize public awareness, training and public relations activities for wetlands conservation. (Gaye Farris, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Scientist Encourages Professional Weed Managers To Increase Efforts To Manage Weeds in Flood Prone Riparian Zones: On September 22, 2009, USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Randy Westbrooks will give a keynote presentation at the 2009 annual conference of the North American Weed Management Association in Kearney, Neb. The theme of the conference, to be attended by professional weed managers and scientists from across the United States and Canada, will be weed management in riparian zones. Over the past 40 years, due to diversion of water for irrigation, much of the Lower Platte River system in southern Nebraska has been invaded by purple loosestrife and Phragmites. Such invaders pose a serious threat to a number of endangered species along the river, such as the whooping crane, and to public safety. With the braided river channel and adjacent wetlands being choked with weeds, big rainstorms along headwaters of the river system in Wyoming, Colorado, and western Nebraska could lead to a devastating flood – and a loss of life and property down river – in communities along the river – e.g., North Platte, Kearney, Grand Island. (Randy Westbrooks, Whiteville, N.C., 910-648-6762)

  • NWRC Director To Receive 2009 Eugene M. Shoemaker Communication Award: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Janine Powell will receive the award September 30, 2009, in Denver, Colo., in the “Multiple Products Category” for her work on “USGS Managers Meeting Suite of Communication Products.” (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)            

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Participates in Briefing with USFWS: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Janine Powell and Branch Chief Thomas Doyle participated in a briefing on hydrodynamic modeling and coastal restoration alternatives with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) staff and Chevron representatives at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on September 2, 2009.  Results and application of the Calcasieu-Sabine Basin hydrodynamic and salinity model were presented to understand the model capability for setting restoration priorities and evaluating management alternatives. (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Participates in Multi-agency Coordination Meeting for the Atchafalaya NHA: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Janine Powell and Branch Chief Thomas Doyle participated in a coordination meeting on September 3, 2009, with National Park Service (NPS) and other State and Federal agencies cooperating with the program development of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (NHA). The Atchafalaya NHA is one of 49 heritage areas nationwide managed by NPS of regions with concentrations of significant natural, scenic, cultural, historic, and recreational resources. (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Scientist Briefs USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service on Ecosystem Services: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Stephen Faulkner and contractor Bogdan Chivoiu briefed Deputy Chief for Soil Survey and Resource Assessment Doug Lawrence, Resource Assessment staff, and the Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Technical Committee on integrated landscape modeling and ecosystem services at a series of briefings September 15-18, 2009, in Washington, D.C. Restoration and sustainability of forest and wetland ecosystems are an important priority for many State and Federal agencies; however, the effectiveness of conservation and restoration practices is constrained by our limited understanding of the complex linkages between basic ecosystem processes, structure, and ecosystem services. Results from Faulkner’s integrated landscape science and monitoring program, including a spatially explicit decision-support model that forecasts multiple ecosystem services, were highlighted. (Stephen Faulkner, Lafayette, LA 337-266-8648)

Press Inquiries/Media - Newspapers/magazines/wires, etc.

Press Inquiries/Media - Broadcast and Film

  • A documentary producer for Siskel/Jacobs Productions contacted the USGS National Wetlands Research Center at the end of August asking for assistance in locating video and audio gathered during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They are producing a two-hour special about Hurricane Katrina that will be featured on the National Geographic Channel in August 2010. They were provided with a video of New Orleans that NWRC took from a helicopter a few days after the storm; a number of dramatic photos; the USGS Katrina report, Science and the Storms; the presentation entitled USGS Spirit of the Gulf;and an archive of radio and television interviews that may be of interest for them.

  • New Species in Lafayette (KLFY, Lafayette, La., Sept. 10, 2009)
    USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jacoby Carter was interviewed regarding his recent discovery of exotic invasive island applesnails in the pond of a Lafayette, La., park. The story ran on the 6 p.m. news and was featured online.

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