USDA CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF A NEW INVASIVE SPECIES RESEARCH BUILDING AT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dec. 15, 2006--The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently celebrated the opening of its new 25,000-square-foot Invasive Species Research Building (ISRB) in an opening ceremony held on Dec. 6.
The building, part of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s wildlife services (WS) National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) headquarters site, is located on 43-acres of the Colorado State University (CSU) Foothills Research Campus in Fort Collins, Colo.
The facility, built by the U.S. General Services Administration and a private developer, expands upon NWRC’s existing capabilities to conduct wildlife research by providing a state-of-the-art facility to properly care for and study invasive wildlife.
The facility adds a unique dimension to the cooperative USDA-CSU program to address human-wildlife conflicts. It will provide new opportunities for NWRC scientists and CSU faculty to carry out methods development and research, and support graduate student and postdoctoral training in the area of human-wildlife conflicts.
NWRC is the research arm of APHIS’ WS program. WS is a nonregulatory program that provides federal leadership in managing conflicts with wildlife. NWRC applies scientific expertise to the development of scientific information and practical methods to resolve human–wildlife conflicts and maintain the quality of the environments shared with wildlife. To learn more about NWRC, visit its Web site at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ws/nwrc.
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