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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 22, 2013

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

LCC Works with SC CSC to Develop Communications Strategy: Kristen Kordecki of the USGS NWRC and the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCP LCC) met with Kim Winton (South Central Climate Science Center) SC CSC, Bill Andrews (USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center), April Taylor (Chickasaw Nation), and Paulette Blanchard (Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and Oklahoma University) on July 29-31, in Norman, Oklahoma. The team developed a draft plan to improve communication and collaboration among the 64 tribes and 6 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives working with the SC CSC consortium. The GCP LCC staff strives to collaborate and share resources to avoid duplication of efforts as they identify conservation priorities across the landscape. (Kristen Kordecki; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8535)

LMVJV Management Board Meets with USACE Mississippi Valley Division: On August 29, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed, Kenny Ribbeck (Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries), Ed Penny (Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks), and Keith McKnight (Lower Mississippi River Valley Program Coordinator) will meet with Barb Kleiss (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division) to discuss USACE formally joining the LMVJV Management Board. Turnipseed has been a board member since 2011. The LMVJV is a self-directed, non-regulatory private, state, and Federal consortium. The LMVJV functions as the forum in which the conservation community develops a shared vision for bird conservation in the Lower Mississippi Valley and West Gulf Coastal Plain regions. The LMVJV and the USACE could form a dynamic partnership. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

NWRC Attends Disaster Management Signing Ceremonies: USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed and Information Specialist Gabrielle Bodin will attend a research initiative launch hosted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu will participate in signing ceremonies for two new innovative public/private partnerships to improve disaster relief and response time. Disaster management partners include the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Marine Survival Training Center, the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute, Acadian Safety Management Systems, American Pollution Control Corporation, and The Response Group. The event will take place on August 26, at Safety Management Systems in Lafayette, Louisiana. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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