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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 04, 2013

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USGS Contributes Wetlands Encyclopedia Entries: USGS NWRC scientist Beth Middleton authored several chapters in Max Finlayson and Nick Davidson’s Encyclopedia of Wetlands, intended for academics, professionals, managers and ecology students. Based on her world expertise in disturbance drivers of succession, Middleton led the section on succession, with chapters on Succession in Wetlands and Cattle Grazing in Wetlands. Both entries have worldwide applicability and buttress major conceptual ideas on the successful management of wetlands. She also coauthored a paper with David Gibson of Southern Illinois University on Succession in Ecological Education based on her previous NSF funded project with Gibson on the topic. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

LCC Staff Participate in GOMA Meeting: Staff from the Gulf Coast Prairie and Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, both located at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, took an active role in the Eighth Annual Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting held in Tampa Bay, Florida, June 24-27. The annual meeting provides partners in the five U.S. Gulf states and the six Mexican Gulf states with the opportunity to gather and discuss critical environmental issues facing the Gulf of Mexico. As large-scale and long-term project plans are developed, it is important that the GCP and GCPO LCC priorities are implemented in a way that best leverage public funding and maximize conservation results. (Kristen Kordecki; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8535)

GCP LCC Staff Member Meets with State Official: USGS NWRC Geographer Kristen Kordecki met with Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary, Louisiana Office of State Parks, to discuss the valuation of outdoor recreation on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. As the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative integrates human dimensions into conservation efforts, the services provided by natural resources to human activities and needs will be assessed and will help inform science priorities. (Kristen Kordecki; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8535)

NWRC Meets with USFWS Deputy Regional Director: On July 9, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Regional Director Mike Oetker and the USFWS OMB Examiner will travel to Lafayette, Louisiana, for a briefing on the Gulf Coast Prairie and Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, the Gulf Coast Joint Venture, and work with the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council. While in Lafayette, the group will also meet with USFWS Louisiana Ecological Services Field Supervisor Jeff Weller. USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will give an invited presentation featuring an overview of the NWRC and how the research center is integrating its science capabilities and capacities with both the LCCs and the GCJV. The GCJV is housed at the NWRC, and significant components of both LCCs are housed at and work closely with the NWRC. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Presentation on Geospatial Mapping of Feral Hog Activity: USGS NWRC Geographer Steve Hartley will give a presentation on geospatial mapping of feral hog activity in Louisiana and Mississippi during the Esri International User Conference July 10, in San Diego, California. Hartley is leading research using the “Judas pig” system of attaching GPS-satellite telemetry collars to select feral swine, an invasive species. Once a collar has been attached to an individual, usually a large boar or sow, it is released and returns to its group. The group’s movements and locations can then be tracked through the collared individual, allowing researchers and managers to better target removal efforts. Because of detrimental impacts of feral hogs—including rooting, damaging agricultural lands, destroying the habitats of native animals, and spreading diseases and parasites—many public lands implement feral swine control programs on an annual basis. Over 15,000 professionals across industries attend this conference, representing nearly every commercial sector, government organization, and non-profit field. The user‐to‐user communication opportunities are essential for learning about real-life GIS experiences and best practices. (Steve Hartley; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8543)

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