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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 11, 2010  

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Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • Nature is the Theme at Women’s History Month Exhibition: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will host its third annual Women’s History Month exhibition entitled “Nature through Art, Art through Generations” on March 22 – 26, 2010. More than 60 female artists of all ages are expected to exhibit a variety of visual art media with an emphasis on nature. This year’s event will also feature art created by students from Prairie Elementary in Lafayette, La., which held a competition to select three pieces from each of grades Pre-K through fifth, as well as art from Lafayette High School students. The exhibition is being shown at NWRC and is open to the public. It will include an opening reception with an opportunity for the public to view the art and meet the artists on March 22. (Debbie Norling; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8654)

  • NWRC Contractors Coordinate CWPPRA Anniversary Ceremony: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractors Susan Testroet-Bergeron and Andre Williams are coordinating the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act’s (CWPPRA) 20th Anniversary Ceremony for Southeast Louisiana to take place on April 8, 2010, at Woodland Plantation in West Point a la Hache, La. The program will feature representatives from all of the CWPPRA agencies including U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service, NOAA – National Marine Fisheries Service and the Louisiana Governor’s Office. The program will be followed by field sessions to highlighted wetland restoration projects. Local, state and national dignitaries as well as the public are invited to attend. Since CWPPRA’s inception in 1990, 148 restoration projects have been approved benefiting over 109,000 acres of the Louisiana coast. NWRC Branch Chief Scott Wilson serves as the CWPPRA Outreach Chairman. (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Contractor Appointed to Louisiana Environmental Education Commission: Governor Bobby Jindal recently appointed Susan Testroet-Bergeron, IAP contractor at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, to the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission to serve a three-year term.  The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission's (LEEC) mission is to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that results in a literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively solve existing problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations. (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

  • New Efforts to Engage Environmental Professionals in Detection and Reporting of Invasive Species: USGS National Wetlands Research Center invasive species specialist Randy Westbrooks provided a seminar for a meeting of the North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals on March 11, 2010, in Raleigh, N. C. The seminar highlighted ongoing efforts to develop State and Provincial Volunteer Early Detection and Reporting Networks across the U.S. and Canada.  Currently, field environmental professionals are playing a vital role in monitoring efforts for rare and endangered species such as the red cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) in pine savannahs of the Southeastern Coastal Plain.  Association leaders believe that environmental professionals can play a similar role in the detection and reporting of new and emerging invasive species such as cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica).  The next step in such a collaborative effort will be to conduct a day-long in-service Early Detection and Rapid Response Training Workshop for association members later this year. (Randy Westbrooks; Whiteville, N.C.; 910-648-6762)

  • NWRC to Participate in NBII Node Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center librarians Linda Broussard and Cassie Thibodeaux will attend a regional National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) meeting being held in The Woodlands, Texas on March 16, 2010.  Broussard is co-PI of the NBII Central Southwest & Gulf Coast Information Node along with Stephanie Glenn of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).  NWRC and HARC have partnered on the NBII project since 2004. (Linda Broussard; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8692)

  • NWRC Scientist To Present Research at Forum Sponsored by AgResearch of New Zealand Crown Research Institute: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen McKee will give an overview of her research at a forum sponsored by AgResearch, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute. Her presentation entitled "Confessions of a Mangrove Researcher" will occur at the Ruakura Research Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, on March 19, 2010. McKee is currently on assignment in New Zealand collaborating with scientists at Landcare Research, another New Zealand Crown Research Institute, to investigate impacts of nutrients and climate change on wetlands in that country. (Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662)

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

  • Educational Outreach Update: In the Slow Blink of an Alligator’s Eye: Wetlands Vanish (The Historic New Orleans Collection Quarterly; vol. 27, no. 1, Winter 2010, p. 9) “Susan Bergeron, an educational specialist with the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center, is codirecting the project with The Collection’s education department.” (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

  • Women artists sought for nature exhibit (The Daily Advertiser; Lafayette, La.; March 9, 2010) “The third annual USGS-sponsored exhibition, titled “Nature through Art, Art through Generations,” will be open to the public March 22 – 26 at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Blvd.” (Debbie Norling; Lafayette, La., 337-266-8654)

  • Classes/Auditions (The Independent; Lafayette, La., March 10, 2010) “The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center invites female artists to display their talent at an exhibition celebrating National Women’s History Month in March.” (Debbie Norling; Lafayette, La., 337-266-8654)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Environmental Education Commission (Inside Louisiana News; March 5, 2010) “Susan Testroet-Bergeron, of Lafayette, is an Education Specialist for the CWPPRA Outreach Program with the USGS National Wetlands Research Center. Testroet-Bergeron will serve as a representative of the industrial community, as required by statute.” (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

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