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U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
National Wetlands Research Center
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506

Contact: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Phone: 337-266-8655
Fax: 337-266-8541
For Release: May 1, 2003

USGS National Wetlands Research Center Receives Awards

Several staff members and contractors of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wetlands Research Center, headquartered in Lafayette, La., have recently been recognized for their products and services.

The National Association of Government Communicators gave two Blue Pencil first-place awards to the center for educational CD-ROMs, “The Cross Lake Watershed” and “Explore Coastal Louisiana.” The Cross Lake CD and accompanying educational activities also received the 2003 Louisiana Governor’s Environmental Leadership Award.

The Cross Lake CD was produced by Scott Wilson and Jeremy Roan, USGS; W. Wyche, City of Shreveport; Will Poillion, and Christina Cormier, University of Louisiana at Lafayette interns; and David Guilbeau and Chris Cretini, Johnson Controls Inc. “Explore Coastal Louisiana” was produced by Wilson, Jay Gamble, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Richard DeMay, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.

The Society of Technical Communications bestowed an award of excellence in technical art to Steve Robb, USGS, and Renee Conner, Johnson Controls Inc., both stationed at the Center’s Gulf Breeze offices in Florida, for their contribution to the “National Coastal Condition Report.” Additionally, Robb received a bronze medal from the Environmental Protection Administration for his work on the report.

The Society of Technical Communications also presented an award of merit to “A Guide to Bottomland Hardwood Restoration,” coauthored by NWRC scientist Bob Keeland , and produced by the NWRC publishing staff of Beth Vairin, Sue Lauritzen, Tammy Charron and Rhonda Davis. One reviewer predicted that the report would become a “classic text in the subject area.”

Geographer Larry Handley received a diamond jubilee meritorious contribution award from Gamma Theta Upsilon, a geographic honor society, during a recent meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New Orleans. He was honored for his commitment and service of 25 years. He was Zeta Lambda chapter founder and sponsor for seven years at the University of New Orleans and alumni chair for 15 years. He also served as president and vice-president and is currently parliamentarian.

Biologist Larry Allain has been recognized by the Center for his work on coastal prairie restoration. He has helped organize and host the Coastal Prairie Restoration Workshop and served as chair of the Coastal Prairie Restoration Steering Committee. One of his publications on the coastal prairie won a Blue Pencil award last year, and many of his photographs of prairie species, as well as his text, were used in the Baton Rouge Earth Day Poster this year.

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