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Private Land Management Assistance

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

         Technical Services Program


There are now 13 wildlife biologists throughout the state whose primary responsibility is to help private landowners and land managers with their wildlife management activities.  Technical Service Biologists (TSBs) can perform a variety of duties on private properties around the state.  One of the most common activities is assisting landowners and hunting clubs with management of their deer herd.  This may involve established programs such as the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) which provides landowners with tags and guidance regarding their deer harvest.  Other landowners simply want advice and suggestions to help them manage their harvest.  Even though deer get a lot of attention, assistance from TSBs is not limited to deer.  Technical service biologists can also help landowners with dove field establishment, management of waterfowl impoundments, forest management, and general habitat management for a wide variety of wildlife.

One of the most important things these biologists do is to listen.  Landowners own and manage land for a variety of reasons.  For some it is purely for recreation, for others, income generation is a very important consideration.  Some landowners and managers have the desire and resources to engage in very intensive management, while others take a low maintenance approach.  Some landowners have very specific interests, bobwhite quail management, for example.  Others simply want to see and enjoy a wide array of wildlife on their property.  The assistance provided by the Technical Services Program is guided by the objectives, needs and resources of the landowner.

The department’s technical services biologists are familiar with a variety of programs and sources of funding that can provide financial assistance for management.  Not all landowners need or want financial assistance, but for those who do, funding may be available for practices such as prescribed burning, tree planting, native grassland establishment, field border development, or invasive plant control.  Navigating the myriad of funding sources can be daunting for many landowners, but TSBs can be a valuable resource to help landowners find the financial assistance they need.


While landowners will have varying interests and needs, one common thread in all private lands work is the need for the biologist to evaluate the quality and quantity of the habitat.  The biologist may conduct a systematic assessment such as a browse survey or may be able to evaluate the habitat simply by an overall inspection of the property.  The biologist will be evaluating the amount of food and cover the property provides and noting factors that limit the abundance of wildlife on the property.  One thing that will receive consideration is how the property fits into the landscape.  In other words, what kind of habitat does the neighboring property provide and how does that impact the subject property?  This landscape consideration is most important on smaller tracts.  Once the biologist has completed the habitat evaluation, a plan can be developed.

The plan can range from a simple conversation with the landowner to a comprehensive written document.  Landowners are encouraged to seek a written plan to help them maintain a long-term and consistent management approach.  Even the best plan will have to be modified as experience and conditions dictate, so landowners are encouraged to maintain contact with their TSB.  The landowner and TSB should regularly evaluate the habitat, assess the impacts of management and make changes when needed.

Some landowners may already be working with a natural resource professional such as a consultant forester.  The TSB will not replace these other professionals, but will work closely with them to integrate the landowner’s wildlife objectives with other management objectives and programs.  If the landowner is not working with other natural resource professionals, but needs their assistance, the TSB can help find one.

The department’s TSBs can be a valuable resource for landowners and managers.  Each PLB is responsible for 4-7 parishes and is familiar with local conditions, activity on other properties and programs that can benefit local landowners.  TSBs may be able to offer ideas and suggestions that landowners may not have considered.  For instance, landowners in some areas may want to consider replanting a harvested loblolly pine stand with longleaf pine, others may benefit from using native vegetation as a food plot to reduce costs, still others may find that creation of small openings in the forest are an effective way to improve habitat. 


There is no cost to landowners to utilize the services of the department’s TSBs (there is a cost associated with enrollment in the Deer Management Assistance Program).  Whether interested in hummingbirds or trophy bucks, looking for a comprehensive management plan or simply have a management question, your local TSB can help. Contact one of these professional biologists to help you improve your wildlife habitats, today. Offices are located in Monroe (318/343-4044), Minden (318/371-3052), Pineville (318/487-5885), Lake Charles (337/491-2575), Hammond (985/543-4777), Opelousas (337/948-0255), and New Iberia (337/373-0032).







WETshop 2014

WETshop 2014
WETshop 2014
WETshop 2014

Discover the extensive bounty of our coast with a week-long wetland workshop that introduces educators to the importance of Louisiana’s shores, its battle with wetland loss, and the need for restoration efforts.  Open to all science/history teachers, WETSHOP presents management, stewardship, and ecological concepts through hands-on, real science activities that teachers can bring back to their classrooms. 
Dates:  July 6 – 11, 2014
Location:  LDWF Marine Research Lab, Grand Isle, LA
Application Deadline:  May 20, 2014
Number of Participants:  20 teachers
Contact:  Angela Capello, (318) 748-6914,
Registration fee:  $50.00

  • A week-long, dynamic teacher workshop that allows teachers to work with educator/scientists to learn about Louisiana coastal wetlands, issues and history.  The focus of the summer workshop is to create wetland stewards of teachers in order for them to educate co-workers and students in their home parishes about coastal land loss.  Fifty-five professional contact hours will be accrued upon the completion of this wetland institute. 
  • Implementation of a six hour wetland dissemination workshop in your parish after completion of the summer workshop.
  • Teacher stipend available for summer workshop and dissemination workshop during AY.

Workshop Highlights

  • Fisheries management; research trawling, seining Barrier islands and their role in coastal health
  • Coastal  Botany & Ornithology (visit Brown Pelican rookery)
  • Water Quality Testing along fresh to salt water gradient
  • Visit transitional Coastal Ecosystems
  • Tour one of the largest oil ports in U.S.
  • Visit coastal restoration site / Oil Spill impact sites
  • Invasive Species (role in coastal land loss)

Wonders of Wetlands Teacher Guidebook                                 Numerous Classroom Resources
Networking with Wetland Scientists                                            Up to 55 Professional Contact Hours

Workshop Scholarships

Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Christine L. Thomas, founder of the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, announces a scholarship endowment: the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Inc. has set an endowment fund to start things off. Interest from the endowment fund will provide a scholarship to each Louisiana BOW workshop. The BOW Coordinators raffle items each year at the coordinaotrs conference to raise additional funds so women in other states can benefit. I Contributions can be sent to BOW Inc, Barthel Fund, P.O. Box 1026, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

Low-income women who have children under age 18 will be eligible to receive the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship pays $125 of the $170 registration fee. The scholarship recipeint will be responsbile for a $45 fee. We hope Liz will live through other outdoor women in this way.
To apply for the Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship:

  •  You may nominate an individual by submitting the following information or
  • You may submit the information about yourself

Please send a completed one page essay by with the following information. (Please include your name, phone number, address, amount of yearly income and ages of children.) Essays are being taken now.

  • Why I would like to attend a B.O.W. workshop.
  • What benefits I hope to achieve from the workshop.
  • I plan to pursue and develop my outdoor experiences through . . . .

Send completed essay to:
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Liz Barthel Memorial Scholarship
ATTN: Bill Breed
368 CenturyTel Drive
Monroe, LA 71203

Grand Isle Marine Lab


195 Ludwig Annex
P.O. Box 37
Grand Isle, LA 70358

Grand Isle Marine Lab
Grand Isle Marine Lab

Lab Director: Myron Fischer

Located in the center of Grand Isle, this state of the art facility will serve as a research hub for LDWF biologists, as well as university research and cooperative efforts with other states.

The lab complex consists of a 12,000 square foot laboratory containing a wet lab, library, conference room, offices and many other work areas.  An adjacent dormitory building has 13 bedrooms, two bunk rooms, bath facilities, a kitchen, dining and entertainment area, large conference room and a laboratory for visiting researchers.  A covered boathouse has slips to accommodate 14 vessels and the underside of the lab building serves as a hatchery area for both shellfish and finfish.  Also on site is a large maintenance area. 

Since its opening, the lab staff has conducted individual and group tours of the facility, hosted local and national media representatives, and provided accommodations for university researchers from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, LSU, Tulane, University of Louisiana Lafayette, University of Florida and UNO.  Other individuals engaged in short-duration fieldwork are also accommodated on a regular basis.  

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Oil Spill Response

Oil Spill Response
Oil Spill Response
Oil Spill Response

Request for Trip Ticket Data
Instructions: Please find request form for the release of trip ticket data below. Please verify you are using the correct form. If you are requesting data for your Commercial Fisherman's license number, use the Individual Fisherman's Request Form. If you are requesting data for a business, use the Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer Form. See instruction sheet below for further details on completing this process.
Data Request Instructions
Individual Fisherman's Request Form
Wholesale/Retail Seafood Dealer Form
Please do not submit the form in person to our office. Notarized forms can be submitted by mail or fax.
Mailing Address: Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries
Trip Ticket Office, Room 38
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Fax: (225) 765-2624
Someone will contact you once your request is processed and complete.
If you have any questions, please call the Trip Ticket Office at (225) 765-2399.

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