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USGS to Host Congressional Briefing on Climate Change and Invasive Species

Invasive cheatgrass is altering historical fire regimes throughout the western United States, exposing native ecosystems not adapted to fire to more frequent and intense fire events. Invasive aquatic species including invertebrates, fish, and the fish disease VHS continue to colonize the Great Lakes at an alarming rate. The increased uncertainties posed by climate change compound the challenges facing resource managers throughout the United States as they grapple with growing populations of invasive species. Come learn how the USGS and its partners are working to provide and apply the science needed by resource managers and policy makers to anticipate and address the impacts of climate change and invasive species on the landscape.

What:

The USGS will host a congressional briefing on how science can be used to anticipate and address the impacts of climate change and invasive species on the landscape.

Who:

Pam Fuller, U.S. Geological Survey
Mike Pellant, Bureau of Land Management
Gary Whelan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Where:

2325 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

When:

Friday, September 19, 2008
9:30 a.m.

Hosts:

Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Congressman Vernon Ehlers
Congressman Wayne Gilchrest
Congressman Jim Moran

Sponsors:

Ecological Society of America
Climate Change Science Program
Northeast-Midwest Institute

For more information about the briefing, visit www.usgs.gov/solutions.

[Via USGS]

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