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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, January 7, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • USGS To Participate in Canadian Intergovernmental Forum on Development of EDRR Capacity at the Provincial Level: On January 18-19, 2010, USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Randy Westbrooks will participate in a Canadian Intergovernmental Forum on development of the Canada National Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Framework.  The forum, hosted by the Invasive Plant Council of British Columbia as part of its annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, will be attended by federal and provincial officials, as well as representatives from provincial invasive species councils across the country. Westbrooks, who provides technical assistance to state and regional groups in developing EDRR capacity, will give an overview of EDRR capacity building efforts in the U.S., and make specific recommendations for developing EDRR capacity in the Canadian provinces. Development of EDRR capacity in the U.S. and Canada is part of an ongoing effort to develop a North American Early Warning System for New and Emerging Invasive Plants. (Randy Westbrooks, Whiteville, N.C., 910-648-6762)

  • Wyoming Vegetation Management Association – EDRR Training Workshop: On January 20-21, 2010, USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Randy Westbrooks will conduct an Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Train-the-Trainer Workshop at the annual meeting of the Wyoming Vegetation Management Association in Casper, Wyo.  The aim of the workshop, which will be attended by county weed supervisors, as well as state and federal land managers from around the state, is to assist the Association and the Wyoming Weed Team in developing strategies for increasing EDRR capacity in Wyoming. This will be accomplished through the establishment of a State EDRR Coordinating Committee, a Statewide Volunteer Data Collection Network (based on the 750 member network that has been developed by the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England), and Interagency Invasive Plant Task Forces (modeled after the Carolinas Beach Vitex Task Force). (Randy Westbrooks, Whiteville, N.C., 910-648-6762)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • USGS Scientist Presents Climate Change Seminar at LUMCON: Virginia Burkett, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research, presented a seminar about climate change and implications for coastal Louisiana at the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium on January 4, 2010 in Cocodrie, La. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • NWRC To Host Seminar on Using GIS to Quantify the Functionality of Coastal Prairie Freshwater Wetlands: Nicholas Enwright, of the Applied Geography Department at the University of North Texas, will present a seminar at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on January 11, 2010.  His talk is entitled "Using Geographic Information Systems to Quantify the Functionality of Coastal Prairie Freshwater Wetlands Around Galveston Bay, Texas."  (Nicole Cormier, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8838)

  • NWRC to Co-sponsor Wetland Catchment Delineation Workshop: Nicholas Enwright, of the Applied Geography Department at the University of North Texas, will present a Geographic Information System Workshop on January 12, 2010 on wetland catchment delineation. This not-for-profit education and outreach workshop will be co-hosted by the USGS National Wetlands Research Center and the Regional Applications Center, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Mapping Partnership Office. (Nicole Cormier, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8838)

  • USGS Scientist To Give Presentation About Sea Level Rise in North Carolina: Virginia Burkett, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research, will give a presentation about sea level rise and impacts on coastal systems at the North Carolina Sea Level Rise Forum on January 14, 2010 in Raleigh.  This forum is hosted by the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • NWRC Contactors Receive Honorable Mentions in Photo Contest: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Dustin Roszell and former contractor Courtney Schaneville received honorable mentions for their entries in the 2009 USGS Office of Communications Employee Photo Contest. Roszell submitted “Burning Wetlands” in the “Ecosystems” category and Schaneville submitted “Big Island Coast” in the “Coasts and Oceans” category. All winning entries in the 2009 Office of Communications Employee Photo Contest Winners can be seen at http://internal.usgs.gov/photo_contest/. Electronic access to the collection is available to the public at http://gallery.usgs.gov/. (Dustin Roszell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8696)

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

  • Wetlands Center’s Farris retires (The Daily Advertiser, December 31, 2009) “Gaye Saucier Farris retired Thursday as information and technology branch chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center, according to Center Director Janine Powell.” (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media - Broadcast and Film

  • NWRC Branch Chief Interviewed by Arkansas Radio Station: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Thomas Doyle was interviewed on the “Good Morning South Arkansas” radio broadcast aired by KELD 106.5 FM in El Dorado, Arkansas on December 28, 2009.  The topic for the guest interview focused on science in the news and USGS studies conducted by NWRC at Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge over the last 20 years related to greentree reservoir management and climate change. (Thomas Doyle, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8647)

  • NWRC Scientist To Be Interviewed for National Public Radio Program: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Hardin Waddle was contacted by a producer with The Environment Report (www.environmentreport.org) for an interview about his research on frogs, toads and other species benefiting from farmers’ voluntary efforts to restore and protect wetlands in the lower Mississippi Valley. The interview is tentatively scheduled for January 7, 2010. The Environment Report is a nationally-distributed public radio program. The contact was initiated due to a listing in Science Picks. (Hardin Waddle, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8671)

Other (Forum meeting, press conferences, media training, etc.)

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