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Atchafalaya Delta

Information
Owned: 
State of Louisiana
Acreage: 
137,695 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
337-373-0032
Description:

The Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area is a 137,695-acre area located at the mouths of the Atchafalaya River and the Wax Lake Outlet in St. Mary Parish. The area is located some 25 miles south of the towns of Morgan City and Calumet and is accessible only by boat.

Most of the area consists of open water in Atchafalaya Bay. Within the Bay, two deltas (the Main Delta and the Wax Lake Delta) have formed from the accretion of sediments from the Atchafalaya River and from the deposition of dredged material by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Only about 27,000 acres are vegetated on these deltas. About 15,000 acres of marsh and scrubby habitat occur on the Main Delta, and about 12,000 acres of marsh occur on the Wax Lake Delta.

Hunting on the Delta is primarily for waterfowl, deer, and rabbit. Deer hunting on the Main Delta (deer hunting on the Wax Lake Delta is not permitted) is restricted to archery hunting by adults and youth lottery gun hunts. Harvest per unit effort on deer is extremely high. Fur trapping, commercial fishing, recreational fishing (especially for redfish, catfish, bass, and bluegill) and alligator harvests also yield great returns. Non-consumptive recreational pursuits include boating, camping, and bird-watching, especially on the Main Delta.

The area has two campground areas (with primitive restrooms) and has a number of pilings available for houseboat mooring.  Overnight mooring is allowed via permit only (16-day permits or hunting season permits).  Year-round mooring is prohibited.  LDWF offers both lease and lottery opportunities.  Contact LDWF New Iberia Office for more details at 337-373-0032.

Alexander State Forest

Information
Owned: 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Acreage: 
7,955 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(318) 371-3050

Description:
Alexander Forest Wildlife Management Area is located in south central Rapides Parish about ten miles south of Alexandria, off U.S. Highway 167, and one mile east of Woodworth.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture, Office of Forestry is the owner of this 7,955 acre tract which is managed as commercial forest with an emphasis on experimental forestry techniques. Indian Creek Lake, a 2,600 acre reservoir, is located on the area along with a 300 acre recreation and camping area.
The forest overstory is predominantly loblolly pine with scattered stands of longleaf and slash pines. Much of the timber is managed as pine plantations. However, creek drainages have been maintained in hardwoods. In addition red oak, blackgum, sweetgum, hackberry, beech, water and willow oaks are widely scattered over the forest.
Game species available for hunting include deer, squirrel, rabbit, quail and waterfowl. The featured species on the area is white-tailed deer. Herd density is good with antler quality and body weights typical of piney woods sites. Hunter success during the either-sex muzzleloader hunts is generally above average.
An education center is owned and operated by the Department on a 17 acre site within the WMA. The center is used for a variety of educational programs. Two shooting ranges are located on the grounds. The 100 yard rifle and pistol range and a shotgun range are used in education programs and also available to the public during specified times. Information on range hours and fees is available at (318) 484-2212.
Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries operates two fish hatcheries adjacent to the WMA. These hatcheries are the primary source of fish for the statewide stocking program. Booker Fowler hatchery has a visitor center and offers hatchery group tours by appointment. For hatchery information call (318) 748-6914.
Two boat ramps are located on Indian Creek Lake. Sportfishing is the major activity on the lake. Water-skiing and swimming are also popular recreational uses. Camping facilities are operated and maintained by the Office of Forestry. Trailer and tent accommodations are available with electricity, water, bath houses and swimming areas. A fee is charged for the use of these facilities. For camping information telephone the Indian Creek Recreation Area at (318) 487-5058.
Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 1995 Shreveport Highway, Pineville, LA 71360.

Acadiana Conservation Corridor

Information
Owned: 
State of Louisiana
Acreage: 
2,285 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 948-0255

Description:
The Acadiana Conservation Corridor WMA is a tract of land situated in the parishes of St. Landry, Evangeline, Avoyelles, and Rapides, owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. This scenic easement area lying between the I-49 right-of-way westward to the Bayou Boeuf-Cocodrie Diversion Canal, begins just north of the community of Washington, La. in St. Landry Parish and extends northward through Evangeline Parish, Avoyelles Parish, and the southern portion of Rapides Parish. The entire length of this area is approximately 26 miles and comprises approximately 2285 acres. A small portion of private property is within the boundaries of the corridor, with the north boundary of this poperty starting at the railroad crossing near mile marker 48 on I-49 and the south boundary approximateely 1.3 miles from the railroad crossing. Access to this area is by boat only, with public boat launches available in the community of Wahington, La. on Bayou Courtableau and at Hwy. 29 on the west side of I-49. Self-clearing permits are available at these locations. The area is classified as bottomland hardwoods, with the main overstory species being bitter pecan, overcup oak sugarberry, swamp maple, water elm, and honey locust, with other species occasionally occurring. Understory vegetation is typical for such poorly drained lands, which has standing water for considerable periods after heavy rainfalls. Common species include deciduous holly, smilax, poison ivy, blackberry, dewberry, rattan, and peppervine, along with annual grasses and sedges. Palmettos are present throughout the understory. Hunting on the Acadiana Conservation Corridor WMA is limited to deer by bowhunting only. No other hunting is allowed on this easement area. No firearms are allowed on this area. Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at 5652 Hwy. 182 Opelousas, La. 70570.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Calls Special Meeting

Release Date: 08/17/2010

The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 20, 2010, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

 1. Roll Call

 2. Consideration of Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent to Allow Recreational Fishing Including Recreational Charter Boat Guides in all State Waters

 3. Consideration of Request to Appropriate Federal Agencies to Expedite the Opening of Closed Waters to Fishing

 4. Public Comments

 5. Adjourn

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About L.D.W.F.

 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with the responsibility of managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources.

MISSION STATEMENT

To manage, conserve, and promote wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources.

STRATEGIC PLAN

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is the state agency responsible for management of the state's renewable natural resources including all wildlife and all aquatic life. The control and supervision of these resources are assigned to the department in the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, Article IX, Section 7 and in revised statutes under Title36 and Title 56. Responsibilities related to enforcement of boating safety laws are also assigned to LDWF in Title 34, Chapter 4, Part IV.

Prudent stewardship of the state's renewable natural resources contributes significantly to the quality of life of the state's citizens and to the economic well-being of the state. We serve almost two million direct users and countless others who benefit indirectly.

LDWF supports a strong work ethic in its employees and incorporates the use of good science, accurate information, and technology in carrying out its mission. The agency continually looks for ways to improve the way we manage resources to ensure their sustainability and availability for all users now and in the future.

There are national trends that challenge all fish and wildlife agencies. Some of these include:

  • People have increasingly greater demands on their time.
  • Access to natural resources in becoming more restricted.
  • Citizens have less trust in government.
  • Funding is limited.
  • The human population is aging.
  • Complex regulations make it difficult to attract novices to hunting and fishing.
  • Wildlife habitat is shrinking because of development.
  • Increasingly urbanized public.

These national issues in addition to state issues create a challenging climate for natural resource management. To ensure success in maintaining and expanding opportunities to the users of the resources and to ensure continued sustainable populations of fish and wildlife species, the department must enhance citizen participation, create opportunities to inform the public and exchange ideas and concerns, and make decisions that include scientific, social and economic factors.

Mississippi Men Cited for Overlimit Bass

Release Date: 08/15/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Mississippi men on Aug. 13 for allegedly possessing over the legal limit of bass on the Mississippi river in Madison Parish.

Robert P. Herrington, 60, of Brandon, Miss., and Jerry H. Simpson, 61, of Terry, Miss., were found to be in possession of 30 largemouth bass. The daily limit for largemouth bass is 10 per person. Agents seized the bass and donated them to a local charity.

The penalty for overlimit of black bass is a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 30 days, or both plus court costs. A court order for restitution for the value of the illegally taken fish will also be filed with the case.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents, Lee Tarver, John Hendrix, Leya Grover and Brandon Miller.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.
2010-E47

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 08/15/2010

The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. 

Agenda items will include: progress in MSC certification; impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the LA Crab Industry; and an update on the National Seafood Marketing Board.

The Crab Task Force is an industry advisory group comprised of fishermen, soft crab shedders, and dealers and processors, as well as state agency and university representatives.  The task force, established by Act No. 57 of the 2001 regular legislative session, advises the LDWF and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on matters pertaining to the management and development of the Louisiana crab industry. 

For more information, contact Laura Deslatte at 610-2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.

2010-246

L.D.W.F. Accepting Applications for Wildlife Area Management Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 08/15/2010

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for lottery hunts to be held on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) this upcoming hunting season. 

LDWF is sponsoring the hunts to provide a quality outdoor experience for the various hunters.  Youth, physically challenged, physically challenged wheelchair confined and general lottery hunts will be conducted.  For the second consecutive year a youth lottery squirrel hunt will be conducted on Floy W. McElroy WMA. 

Successful participants in the hunts will be selected by a randomized computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF before close of business on the date listed on the application.  Rules and regulations pertaining to the hunts are also included on the application. A $5 administrative fee will be charged to each applicant.
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF office or by visiting the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.

Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 445 of the LDWF Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Wildlife Division WMA Lotteries, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 to the attention of the lottery application title.  For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at rmyers@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2359.

2010- 245

Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium

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The Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium is a two-day professional development event hosted each year by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and our partner the Louisiana Environmental Education Association. Day one of the conference consists of day-long short courses packed with information, lesson plans or tours of environmentally important areas of the host city. Day two features hour-long concurrent sessions geared to grade level and presented by environmental educators from around Louisiana and neighboring states. The upcoming event will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott on February 27 and 28, 2015.

Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the 2015 Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, to be held February 27-28, 2015 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. The registration form can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/symposium-registration.

Exhibitors

Exhibitor information can be found here. Visit https://www.thepayplace.com/stateoflouisiana/ldwf/enviredsymposium/billpreview.aspx to register online.

Presenters

Educators who wish to present a session at the 2015 Environmental Education State Symposium, please visit our online proposal form at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2015-environmental-education-state-symposium-presenter-proposal-form.

Hotel Information

Special room rates are available at the conference hotel, the Baton Rouge Marriott, 1-800-228-9290. Room rate is $93 per night for single or double occupancy. Reservation link http://goo.gl/44Aw6x.

Draft Agenda

Friday, February 27, 2015

8:00 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Short Course Activities* Course times may vary. Descriptions listed below.
5:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Mixer with hors d’oeuvres* and Audubon Bug Tasting, Meet the Exhibitors

Saturday, February 28, 2015

7:00 a.m. — 8:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast*
8:00 a.m. — 9:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m. Keynote & Recognitions
10:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m. Lunch* & LEEA Meeting
1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:30 p.m. Grand Door Prize

Meals Provided*

Short Course Descriptions (courses are subject to change)

LDWF FISHING IN SCHOOLS: Promoting Education Through Fishing
Come gain resources to engage your students in conservation-based education. Learn to use current wildlife biology techniques to teach science and math skills. Participants will gain knowledge of Louisiana fisheries ecology and management through hands on lessons given by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists. Lesson topics include fish age and growth determination, fish tagging, fish identification, Sport Fish Restoration program information and more. Participants will also get an opportunity to try out fishing techniques. GLE correlated lesson plans and information on the LDWF Fisheries Loaner Kit Program for classroom equipment will be provided.
 
Grade Levels: 5-12
Location: Waddill Refuge
Presenters : Betsy Seals and Alayna McGarry
 
EXPLORE THE BIODIVERSITY IN LOUISIANA’S WETLANDS
Spend time learning about the organisms that inhabit coastal Louisiana. Learn how differences in salinity affect habitat biodiversity. This session will visit the USFWS Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe, LA. Take an airboat ride to see newly rebuilt wetlands. Get wetlandlessons and learn more about the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act and the efforts to restore coastal Louisiana and the plants and animals of the ecosystem. Attendees receive lessons related to wetlands plants and animals correlated to current GLEs and materials about common organisms and those on the threatened and endangered species list. Transportation provided from hotel.
 
Grade Levels: K-12
Location: Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex, Lacombe
Presenters: Susan Testroet-Bergeron and David Stoughton
 
WETLAND ANIMALS OF LOUISIANA
Spend the day learning about wetland animals of Louisiana! Get outside and dig deep with unique, place-based lesson plans and materials for grades 3-8. In this session, go on an arthropod adventure, investigate insects, hatch into habitats, follow crawfish around the world, probe into pelican history, and more! Lessons are hands-on, interactive, fun, and best of all, tied to state standards!
 
Grade Levels: K-8 Location: Hilltop Arboretum
Presenters: Mindy Brooks, Debbie Dornier and Catherine Myrick
 
BIODIVERSITY CONNECTIONS
Capture your students’ interest and make connections through biodiversity. We will explore how we quantify biodiversity, why it is important to us, how we affect it, and actions we can take for positive change. We will practice student activities throughout the day, and will use Louisiana/Gulf
of Mexico data to compare local diversity to other ecosystems.
 
Grade Levels: 5-12
Location: Bluebonnet Swamp
Presenter: Dianne Lindstedt
 
EXPERIENCE LOUISIANA’S NATURAL HERITAGE
Begin the day with a tour of the LSU veterinary school wildlife rehabilitation facility with the state’s wildlife veterinarian, Jim LaCour, and follow that up with a peek inside the LSU Natural History Museum’s extensive preserved bird collection (including some rare and extinct species). Finally, end the day exploring lesson plans featuring threatened and endangered species presented by LDWF Natural Heritage Program staff. Transportation provided from hotel.
 
Grade Levels: K-12
Location: LSU Campus
Presenters: Jim LaCour, Michael Seymour and
Louisiana Natural Heritage Program Staff

Conference Registration Fees

Early Bird (Before Jan. 23) $35
Regular (After Jan. 23) $50
Pre-Service Teacher $25
Optional Short Course $10

 

View and download the symposium flyer.

 

For questions, please contact Venise Ortego vortego@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has a mission to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that will result in environmentally literate citizens who will effectively and constructively solve existing environmental problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations.

 

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