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Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park

Research Park Notes
Issue 23, October 16, 2001

Welcome to Research Park Notes! Look for tidbits of information on National Environmental Research Park activities, observations, and users every couple of weeks. To provide newsletter input, request additional information, make comments, or add/delete mailing list names, contact the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Area Manager, Pat Parr.

PARK RESEARCH AND USERS

The Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research Program (NABIR) Field Research Center - Dave Watson, Environmental Sciences Division, ORNL

The NABIR Field Research Center provides a site for investigators to conduct research and obtain samples related to in situ bioremediation on the Oak Ridge Reservation. The NABIR Program is a ten-year program designed to increase the understanding of fundamental biogeochemical approaches for cleaning up DOE's contaminated legacy waste sites. Although the contaminated area is in the more industrialized portion of Y-12, the background area is in the more pristine West Bear Creek Valley Area near Highway 95. This important study area for DOE provides reference samples from an uncontaminated equivalent site. Researchers have conducted two major field activities in the background area in the past year. A buffer area around the site prevents contamination by industrial activity. Protection of several different hydrogeologic settings within the background area is critical for future use.

Numerous individuals have already pursued research at the Field Research Center, including Diane Blake (Tulane University), Harvey Bolton (PNNL), Jim Frederickson (PNNL), John Zachara (PNNL), Craig Criddle (Stanford University), A. C. Matin (Stanford University), Derek Lovley (University of Massachusetts), Jeff Gillow (BNL), Joel Kostka (Florida State University), Patricia Sobecky (Georgia Institute of Technology), Jiamin Wan (LBNL), Terrence Marsh (Michigan State University), David Treves (Michigan State University), Jonathan Istok (Oregon State University), Peter Jaffe (Princeton University), Alan Konopka (Purdue University), and Lee Krumholz (University of Oklahoma). NABIR is funded through the Environmental Sciences Division of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science. More information can be found on the NABIR web site (http://www.esd.ornl.gov/nabirfrc/).

NATURAL RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT

Native Grass Meeting Preliminary Information -- J. W. Evans, TWRA

Mark your calendars. The next Native Grass Meeting will be November 14 (Wednesday) from 9-11 a.m. We’ll meet at the TDEC Facility on Emory Valley Road. Topics include a presentation by a Sharp Brothers Seed representative and a discussion of genetic considerations led by Chris Fry, Maryland. Hey Doug, Jim says if we go past 11 a.m. that you’re buying lunch????

2001 Deer Hunts Cancelled -- J. W. Evans (TWRA) and Warren Webb (ORNL)

Because of the heightened state of security, the Department of Energy has cancelled this year’s deer hunts on the Oak Ridge Reservation. Deer hunts were scheduled to begin October 20. Hunts have been used since 1985 to control the herd size and to reduce the number of collisions with vehicles on area roads. Pete Garcia, Director of the Oak Ridge Operations Office of Safeguards and Security, said, “DOE will continue to support annual hunts, which are an effective means of managing the deer herd population. However, because of the current security situation, having a large number of uncleared individuals onsite is an additional risk and security burden that we simply cannot allow at this time.” Deer hunts at other DOE sites, including Savannah River Site in South Carolina, have also been cancelled this season. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Oak Ridge Wildlife Management Area manager, Jim Evans, said that hunters holding permits for the Oak Ridge hunt this fall will be contacted by TWRA and provided additional information.

PUBLICATIONS

The final Cultural Resources Management Plan for the Oak Ridge Reservation has been published. The plan is available for public review at the DOE Oak Ridge Operations Public Reading Room (300 Warehouse Road, Suite 300, Oak Ridge), and copies are available by contacting DOE ORO Public Affairs Office at 865-576-0885.

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST

SAMAB Foundation Receives Grant from National Forest Foundation -- Robb Turner, SAMAB

This $100,000 cost-share grant for Monitoring and Assessment of the Appalachian Trail Environment will be used to develop a scientifically based, regional approach for stewardship of natural and cultural resources in the Appalachian region, focusing on lands and gateway communities near the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the national forests and park areas through which the Appalachian Trail passes. More information: http://www.natlforests.org/.

Appalachian Region Monitoring Project Plans Progress -- Robb Turner, SAMAB

Twenty SAMAB, Appalachian Trail Conference, National Park Service, and Forest Service representatives met October 11-12 in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, to continue planning for the Appalachian Trail-region monitoring project. Volunteer/community interests, agency resource management needs, education/outreach opportunities, and funding will shape what will be monitored, where, and by whom. Indicators and areas to be monitored likely would include conditions in the trail corridor, as well as on nearby lands that help define the Appalachian experience. Participants endorsed a Southern Appalachian prototype (pilot project) that could involve one or more segments of the Appalachian Trail, including a number of trail clubs, agency land-owners, and nearby gateway communities. Additional planning meetings will engage more partners and identify specific activities to get underway in the next year. More information: http://samab.org/Projects/at-project.html.

Register Now for the SAMAB Fall Conference (November 6-8, 2001)

An agenda and registration form are available at http://samab.org/Events/Conf/conf.html. The conference focuses on opportunities for stewardship in the southern Appalachians. Cultural resources activities and perspectives are highlighted in a Wednesday, November 7, concurrent session. Historic and cultural resource specialists will address the ethnohistory of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and American Indian perspectives on forest product gathering and availability. Other presentations focus on cooperative efforts to preserve and manage the region's historic resources at three different North Carolina sites. Activities aimed at helping Southern Appalachian communities achieve sustainability are featured in a Thursday, November 8, symposium. These activities range from building community leadership and understanding of resource management activities to managing community growth to private and community resource management programs.

Research into critical regional issues--air quality, forest pests, and effects of land use and forest fragmentation on salamanders, endemic fishes, and macroinvertebrates--and the resource management implications of this research are the focus of another Thursday morning session. The goal is to further communication between scientists and resource managers to improve regional resource management. Other panels and symposia on citizen science/monitoring, invasive exotic plants, watersheds, information resources, and environmental streamlining have been featured in earlier news briefs. For more information, see the SAMAB web site: http://samab.org/Events/Conf/conf.html.

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST

November 5-8, 2001 – The Wildland-Urban Interface: Sustaining Forests in a Changing Landscape, Gainesville, Florida. For more information, call 352-392-5930 or email dwpowers@mail.ifas.ufl.edu.

November 6-7, 2001 – National Conference on the Practice of Restoring Native Ecosystems, Nebraska City, Nebraska. For more information, call 402-474-5655 or visit http://www.arborday.org/RNEconference.

November 6-8, 2001 - SAMAB Annual Fall Conference “From Issues to Action: Opportunities for Stewardship in the Southern Appalachians,” Gatlinburg, Tennessee. For more information, visit http://samab.org or call 865-974-4583.

November 12-15, 2001 – Annual Water Resources Conference, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico. More info: Contact AWRA Headquarters [(540) 687-8390] or http://info@awra.org/meetings/NewMexico2001/.

November 26-28, 2001 – Southern Forest Science Conference, Contributions of Forest Research to Sustainable Forestry, Atlanta, Georgia. More info: http://www.southernforestscience.net or call (828) 257-4302.

November 29-December 1, 2001 – ATBI-DLIA Annual Conference, Glenstone Lodge, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. For more details, contact jeanie@discoverlife.org.

December 6-7, 2001 – 2nd National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: “Sustainable Communities: Science and Solutions by The National Council for Science and the Environment ,” Washington, D.C., Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History & Renaissance Washington. For more information, see http://www.cnie.org/updates/108.htm.

December 12-13, 2001 – Native Plants: Propagation and Restoration Strategies, Eugene, Oregon, sponsored by Western Forestry and Conservation Association (WFCA). For more information, contact Richard Zabel, WFCA, 4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, Oregon 97221, phone 503-226-4562, or email richard@westernforestry.org.

March 15-17, 2002 – Appalachian Studies Association 25th Annual Conference, Unicoi State Park, Georgia. Proposals due September 28 by snail mail only. Patricia Beaver, beaverp@appstate.edu, http://www.appalachianstudies.org.

March 20-24, 2002 – The Third International Partners in Flight Conference: “A Workshop on Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration,” Monterey, California. For more information, contact Terry Rich (terry_rich@fws.gov) or visit http://www.PartnersInFlight.org or http://www.prbo.org/PIF/NPIF2002.htm.

April 3-5, 2002 – Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee.

April 3-7, 2002 – North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, Dallas, Texas. For more information, contact James Woehr or Richard McCabe at 202-371-1808 or visit http://www.wildlifemgt.org/wmi/pages/toc2002.html.

April 10-13, 2002 – Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. For more information, see http://www.asb.appstate.edu/.

April 23-27, 2002 – International Association for Landscape Ecology, United States Regional Association, Lincoln, Nebraska. Theme is “Landscapes in Transition: Cultural Drivers and Natural Constraints.” For more information, see http://www.calmit.unl.edu/usiale2002/.

August 4-8, 2002 – Annual Meetings of the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Ecological Society of America, Tucson, Arizona. For more information, see http://www.ser.org.

The Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park was designated by the Department of Energy in 1980 and is one of a network of seven National Environmental Research Parks. It is an Oak Ridge National Laboratory User Facility. The Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park was designated an international biosphere reserve in 1989. It is also a unit member of the Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve and part of the Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB) Cooperative. More information on the Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park can be found on the website at:  http://www.esd.ornl.gov/facilities/nerp/.


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