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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, October 18, 2012  

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  • Caddo Lake Environmental Flows Science Meeting: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Tom Doyle participated in the Caddo Lake Environmental Flows meeting held October 15, at the Collins Academy in Jefferson, Texas. The Cypress Basin Flows Project was initiated in 2004 with a goal of assuring adequate instream flows to sustain the ecological, recreational and economic values of Caddo Lake, its watershed, and the Cypress Basin. Attendees discussed flows data and the effects of 2011 flow releases on stream hydrology, benthic and aquatic ecology, and floodplain connectivity. Caddo Lake is a Ramsar wetland site of international importance. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • Restore America’s Estuaries Conference: USGS NWRC Branch Chief Scott Wilson and Five Rivers contractors Susan Testroet-Bergeron and Cole Ruckstuhl will attend Restore America’s Estuaries 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, October 20-25, in Tampa, Florida. Wilson will chair a session on the diversity of outreach and will give a presentation on using technology to communicate science. Testroet-Bergeron and Ruckstuhl will manage an exhibit booth and present sessions on tips for engaging a wide variety of audiences. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • Strategic Habitat Conservation Workshop: USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed will represent NWRC during a Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) Workshop, October 24-25 in Lafayette, Louisiana. The U.S. FWS is holding seven workshops within four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to help refine draft guidance that will be used to select species to design functional landscapes capable of supporting fish, wildlife and plants. Participants will gain a better understanding of SHC—the connection between surrogate species, conservation targets, and FWS’s approach to landscape-scale conservation. Because surrogate species represent other species or aspects of the environment, these species are used for comprehensive conservation planning that supports multiple species and habitats within a defined landscape or geographic area. Without this simplification, developing cross-programmatic and inter-organizational objectives and work plans would not be feasible. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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