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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 19, 2012  

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  • NWRC Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Lafayette Location:  To kickoff “Celebrating 20 Years of Worldwide Wetlands Science in Acadiana,” the National Wetlands Research Center is hosting INNOV8 Lafayette’s Earth Day celebration on April 22.  NWRC moved from Slidell, Louisiana to Lafayette in 1992 as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  In 1993, it became a division of the National Biological Survey and underwent several name changes.  In 1996, NWRC joined the USGS when the NBS was dissolved.  The center is strategically located near the Mississippi Delta and Gulf Coast, providing scientists with immediate access to critical wetland ecosystems. (Linda Broussard; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8692)

  • NWRC to Host Open House:  In conjunction with NWRC’s 20th anniversary, the Center is hosting an open house on April 22 as part of INNOV8 Lafayette’s Earth Day celebration.  The USGS NWRC, NOAA Estuarine Habitat and Coastal Fisheries Center, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette will showcase UL research campus technologies and innovations.  NWRC has planned behind the scenes lab tours, science stations, and a display of boats, vehicles, research equipment, and tools. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative Meeting:  The GCPO LCC Steering Committee met at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Daphne, Alabama, April 10-11, 2012.  USGS SCA Regional Executive and steering committee member Max Ethridge, GCPO Science Coordinator John Tirpak, and USGS NWRC Research Ecologist Mike Osland attended.  Tirpak and Osland gave presentations.  The meeting goal was to define the GCPO LCC's role in the Gulf, and the Steering Committee identified key areas of research interest along with almost 20 decisions/action items oriented toward better definition of scientific issues and strategic engagement in the Gulf and throughout the Southeast. (Michael Osland; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8664)

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