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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 7, 2013  

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  • Invited Presentation to LSU Forestry Honor Society: USGS NWRC scientist Elijah Ramsey III, NWRC Five Rivers Services contractor Amina Rangoonwala, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit contractors Terri Bannister and Zhaohui Chi will give an invited talk on “Forest Stand Level Impact Detection and Daily Recovery Monitoring of Coastal Resources” to members of the Nu Chapter of Xi Sigma Pi National Forestry Honor Society at Louisiana State University in the School of Renewable Natural Resources on March 7. Professor Quang V. Cao is the Faculty Advisor for Xi Sigma Pi. The School of Renewable Natural Resources comprises a diverse community of faculty and students with majors in numerous disciplines under forestry, wildlife, and fisheries. (Elijah Ramsey; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8575)

  • “I Remember,” an Art Exhibit of Environmental Significance: On March 13, Louisiana Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will honor artists Lane Lefort and Marian Brister Martinez for their collaborative work to bring the face of coastal land loss and restoration into the public eye. Under the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA), eleven coastal stewards shared their wetland oral histories with NWRC contractors and CWPPRA staff members Cole Ruckstuhl and Susan Testroet-Bergeron (Five Rivers Services). These oral histories are an active part of the show and have been captured on the CWPPRA Web site under "I Remember... ..." CWPPRA Personal Reflections: Environmental Portraits and Oral Histories of Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands Stakeholders by NWRC contractor Kathy Ladner (Five Rivers Services) and Taylor Suir (intern). The art exhibit will run at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux, Louisiana, until May 8. USGS NWRC coastal land change maps of Louisiana and restoration activity maps are included in the show. The event is free and open to the public. NWRC geographers estimate that Louisiana has lost approximately 1,900 square miles of coastal wetlands since 1932. CWPPRA provides funding for coastal restoration projects in Louisiana as well as support for public education initiatives related to land loss in Louisiana. (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

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