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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 15, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Meets to Discuss 2012 Planning and Strategic Initiatives: On September 14, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, Wetlands and Forest Ecosystem Branch Chief Thomas Doyle, Spatial Analysis Branch Chief Scott Wilson, and Coastal Restoration Assessment Branch Chief Greg Steyer met to discuss 2012 NWRC planning and strategic initiatives in Biloxi, Miss. The discussion included plans for spending, projects, and strategies on how to continue to support the Landscape Cooperative Conservation Effort and the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Science Plan. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Meets with Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana:  On September 17, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and NWRC Geographer Brady Couvillion will address a periodic meeting of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana in Baton Rouge, La. to discuss the recent NWRC wetland land change map.  The Coalition is a non-profit group of citizens working to protect and restore a sustainable coastal Louisiana. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) Management Board Holds Teleconference to Discuss Fall 2011 Meeting and Upcoming Restoration Proposals on White Lake and Live Oak Bayou, La.:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in a Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) teleconference on September 19, 2011, to discuss the upcoming Fall 2011 GCJV Management Board Meeting and two wetland restoration proposals on White Lake and Live Oak Bayou. The GCJV is a partnership of state, federal, and private organizations dedicated to bird habitat conservation in the coastal areas of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. They meet semi-annually to review progress toward JV objectives, and to discuss challenges and opportunities related to bird habitat conservation within the JV region. NWRC hosts the staff of the GCJV, the NWRC Director serves on the GCJV Board, and several NWRC staff members are engaged in GCJV technical committees or GCJV collaborations. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • USGS NWRC Participates in U.S./Canada EDRR Training Workshop in Winnipeg, Manitoba:  On Monday, September 19, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Randy Westbrooks will conduct a U.S./Canada Invasive Plant Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Training Workshop in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The workshop, which is part of the USGS National EDRR Capacity Development Program, is being held at the 2011 North American Weed Management Association annual conference. Workshop participants will include federal, state/provincial, and local invasive plant field managers from both countries.  The purpose of the workshop is to assist participants in drafting State and Provincial EDRR Work Plans for further consideration by invasive plant managers and scientists in represented states and provinces. The workshop flyer, agenda, and handouts have been posted on the U-GA EDDMapS Workshop Home Page.  For more information about this workshop or the USGS National EDRR Capacity Development Program, contact Westbrooks at rwestbrooks@usgs.gov. (Randy Westbrooks; Whiteville, N.C.; 910-648-6762)

  • OCPR Meeting at NWRC: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center will host a meeting for the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration on September 19, 2011. Parish presidents, levee district officials and police juries from the western part of the state will attend to provide input to the State regarding Louisiana’s 2012 Master Plan for Coastal Activity. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Director Accompanies Wetlands Ecosystems Branch Ecologist to USFWS Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge to Service Field Monitoring Stations:  On September 21, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and NWRC Wetlands Ecosystems Branch (WEB) Ecologist Ches Vervaeke will travel to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) to service field equipment and monitoring stations operated and maintained by the WEB.  The NWR, located on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, is one of many sites studied by the WEB. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Director and NWRC Safety Office Conduct Tour and Inspection of 17 NWRC Laboratories:  On September 22, 2011, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and NWRC Wetlands Ecosystems Branch Biologist and Safety Officer John McCoy conducted a brief tour and inspection of the NWRC laboratories. The NWRC laboratory staff designs, develops, and sustains analytical chemistry and biochemistry laboratories. Quality control and quality assurance programs, as well as advanced laboratory management techniques, are employed to address innovative wildlife management and research. NWRC's 17 laboratories are designed to be used for multidisciplinary research and provide the capability of obtaining data with state-of-the-art technologies. Laboratory operations serve to implement the federally-mandated Hazardous Communication, Chemical Hygiene, and Good Laboratory Practice acts. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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

  • The USGS National Wetlands Research Center was contacted on September 14, 2011, by a journalist writing an article for the Slovenian science magazine Gea. The journalist requested to interview someone at NWRC during the first two weeks of October concerning wetland loss and restoration. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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