The USGS Coalition held its third annual Capitol Hill reception on September 18, 2006. The event was an opportunity to provide congressional staff with information about the biological, geographic, geological, and hydrologic research conducted by USGS scientists. The reception happened to immediately follow the confirmation of Dr. Mark D. Myers as director of the U.S. Geological Survey. The Senate confirmed Myers on Friday, September 15.

The reception once again featured exhibits that illustrate the kinds of research the USGS conducts in support of science and decision-makers across the nation. One display featured the Puerto Rican Trench mapping project. A screen display showed a three dimensional computer model of fire fuel predictors based on land coverage. The predictor is currently being used by on-the-ground fire crews across the country to focus efforts in those areas that are most likely to have fires. Other displays emphasized USGS natural hazards projects. The projects are aimed at reducing harmful effects of natural disasters by increasing preparedness in local communities.

AIBS is a founding member of the USGS Coalition. Other AIBS member societies that belong to the Coalition include the American Fisheries Society, American Society of Agronomy, Association of Ecosystem Research Centers, Botanical Society of America, Council of Science Editors, Crop Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Natural Science Collections Alliance, NatureServe, North American Benthological Society, Phycological Society of America, Society for Range Management, Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - North America, Soil Science Society of America, Weed Science Society of America, and The Wildlife Society.

AIBS member societies and organizations interested in becoming involved with the USGS Coalition should contact AIBS director of public policy Robert Gropp.


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