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Media Advisory: USGS Science Available to Inform U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Decision Making on Polar Bears
Released: 9/7/2007 7:23:25 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Karen Wood 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4447



In January 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed listing the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. To ensure that the best information was available to inform the final listing decision, due in January 2008, the Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne asked the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to analyze existing information and generate new scientific data, models, and interpretations on polar bears and their sea ice habitats, and make them available within the decision making time frame.

What:

The USGS will host a media availability to present scientific results on polar bears and their sea ice habitats

Who:

  • Mark Myers, Director, USGS
  • Sue Haseltine, USGS Associate Director for Biology
  • Leslie Holland-Bartels, Director, Alaska Science Center
  • Dr. Steve Amstrup, USGS Polar Bear Team Leader

Where:

Via Teleconference – 800-369-1122
Access Code: 8246197

When:

Friday, September 7, 2007 at 3:30 p.m.

At 3 p.m. an Executive Summary of the findings will be available at the Polar Bear Finding Web page.


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