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L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Two Men for Gill Net Violations

Release Date: 04/19/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged gill net violations in Grand Chenier in Cameron Parish on April 16.

Agents cited Richard Comeaux, 57, of Church Point, and Elridge Benoit, 71, of Duson, for using gill nets illegally, leaving nets unattended, taking commercial fish without a commercial fishing license and without a commercial gear license.

Agents responded to a complaint about illegal gill net activity in the saltwater area south of Highway 82 in Grand Chenier.  Agents observed Comeaux and Benoit retrieve two-gill nets that were hidden in the grass on the levee.  Agents then witnessed the subjects set one of the nets and herd fish into the net by driving their boat down the canal and chasing fish into the net.

After making contact with Comeaux and Benoit, agents determined that neither had a commercial fishing license or gear license.  Agents arrested the subjects and booked them into the Cameron Parish Jail.

Agents seized 147 pounds of garfish, a 15-foot aluminum boat with a 40 horsepower outboard, boat trailer and two gill nets.

Using a gill net illegally carries a fine between $900 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.  Taking commercial fish without a commercial license or commercial gear license brings a $250 to $500 fine, up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs for each offense.  Leaving nets unattended carries a $350 to $500 fine, or jail time up to 30 days, license revocation and court costs.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Beau Robertson, Carl Pickett and Sean Moreau.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at or 225-765-2465.

State Officials Highlight Oyster Industry Concerns, Announce Additional Funding for Emergency Restoration Project

Release Date: 04/15/2011

$2 million announced for cultch plant, industry leaders focus on frustrations with claims process

April 15, 2011 - Officials with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries held a press conference today with leaders from the oyster industry to highlight BP's failure to follow through on emergency restoration work to help the industry recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that began nearly one year ago. LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina announced an additional $2 million in funding for a cultch plant on public seed grounds; that announcement brings the total state funds committed to emergency restoration projects for the oyster industry to $4 million.

"Louisiana's coastal area provides vital nursery grounds for more than 90 percent of Gulf species and the health of the Gulf as a whole is dependent on Louisiana's marshes and estuaries," said Garret Graves, chairman of the CPRA. "The impact to our citizen's way of life has been dramatic, leaving the good people of our oyster industry hurting after generations of harvesting this incredible resource."

"While BP is busy spending millions on advertising to prove that they are following through on their promise to make the oyster industry and all of our coastal fisheries whole, they have neglected to follow through on numerous projects that could have helped our oyster men and women get back to work," said Pausina. "While we still plan to press BP to fund $15 million for improvements to oyster grounds, including additional cultch plants and innovative farming techniques, we have been shaking out the couches at our agency looking for funds to help ensure a healthy spat set. The $2 million we are announcing today, along with an early commitment for $2 million, is a small step in the right direction. We fully intended to seek reimbursement for the total $4 million. BP is still the responsible party, and it is time they starting acting like it."

"It is imperative that we begin aggressively rehabilitating Louisiana's oyster resources so that the oyster community is able to return to normal operations sooner rather than later," said Mike Voisin, owner of Motivatit Seafood and member of the Governor's Oyster Advisory Committee.

"I am angry that BP has not followed through with their commitment to reseed the public oyster grounds and that the  Gulf Coast Claims Facility has failed to compensate fairly the oystermen that were hurt by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster," Al Sunseri, owner of P&J Oysters and member of the Governor's Oyster Advisory Committee.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority are among the natural resource trustees charged with assessing and ensuring that BP restores the natural resources of the State of Louisiana. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For additional information please call Olivia Watkins at LDWF at (225) 610-8660 or email at, or Andrea Recher at (225) 229-5126 or

Workshops, Forums, Conferences, Grants & Summer Camps!


Oil Spill Professional Development Workshop for Educator (Deadline: April 22)
Formal and informal educators who teach primarily middle to high school grades or those professionals who work with the K-12 community are invited to attend a training session on topics related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. There will be three locations in Louisiana – Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans, Sea Grant at LSU, and Bossier Instructional Technology Center. During the three-hour session, educators will participate in a video conference from experts in four states on topics that relate to ongoing oil spill research in short- and long-term effects, marine mammals and turtles, habitats, fisheries, seafood safety, impacts to Sargassum communities, and impacts to Gulf open waters. A hands-on activity will be conducted and lesson plans will be provided. A Certificate of Participation and a $100 stipend will be available to the first 20 educators (per site) who complete program requirements, electronic pre- and posttests and an electronic Likert-scale evaluation. Funds for this program are provided by the NOAA Office of Education. Registration form can be accessed on our website at Please send registrations and questions to Dianne Lindstedt at, 225.578.6331 (fax) or 225-578-1558 (phone).

Spring 2011 President’s Forum - Oil and Water: Spotlight on the Gulf
Loyola’s President’s Forums seek to explore and discuss some of the most compelling contemporary issues facing us today. Featuring internationally recognized scholars, the forum’s goal is to develop a dialogue with the larger community that helps us deepen our understanding and challenge us to move toward a more just and enlightened society. Join us, along with some of the nation's most respected environmental experts, to explore climate change and what it means to our coast, the disastrous damage caused by the BP oil spill, and the lingering health and economic concerns of Gulf Coast citizens. Providing their insights into these important topics: Virginia Burkett, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey; Amy Harmon, The New York Times; Cynthia Sarthou, Gulf Restoration Network; Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., director, Loyola's Center for Environmental Communication, moderator. Free and open to the public on April 27, 2011 at the Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall. For more information, visit:

Beyond the Horizon: Creating a Network of Special Ocean Places – Conference May 11th
This forum has been organized with the purpose of initiating discussions of a potential network of special ocean places to strengthen the ecology, economy and culture of the Gulf of Mexico. Build consensus for establishing ecologically significant protections for key Gulf of Mexico sites to ensure that they continue to provide important services to our society; identify mechanisms that allow comprehensive approaches to management as well as significant involvement of the public in decision making. Dates: May 11–13, 2011. Registration Fee: $50 per participant/$25 per student. Location: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236. For more information on conference agenda, registration details and a special summary report visit:

EPA 12th Community Involvement Training Conference
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) twelfth Community Involvement Training Conference will be held July 19-21, 2011, in the Washington, DC area. This dynamic conference brings together more than 450 people from EPA and its federal, state, tribal, and local partners who plan and implement environmental community involvement, partnership, stewardship, outreach, and education programs. The theme for the 2011 conference is, "Community Involvement in the 21st Century: Embracing Diversity, Expanding Engagement, Utilizing Technology." Through this theme, we not only want to showcase community involvement as it is, but also how it is evolving, and what steps may be taken to expand its effectiveness through both existing and new technologies and techniques. We intend to accomplish this by focusing on three key areas - Embracing Diversity, Expanding Engagement and Utilizing Technology - to expand and improve EPA's efforts to educate, communicate, engage, and partner, in an open and transparent manner, with those who are impacted by environmental issues and concerns. For additional information, please visit:



Grand Isle State Park – Thursday, April 21, 2011, 10 am- 3 pm
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Bayou Land RC&D, and Grand Isle State Park are looking for volunteers to help plant 5,000 plugs of marsh grass at Grand Isle State Park in Grand Isle, LA. The objective of this volunteer project is to plant dune grasses along the shoreline to prevent further erosion and to stabilize the dunes. Volunteer efforts will produce new habitats that will support a variety of aquatic wildlife and migratory birds. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, dibbles, etc.), sunscreen and bug spray will be provided. Drinks and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This restoration event is supported by Bayou Land RC&D and Grand Isle State Park. Additional support comes through partnerships with the National Wildlife Federation, Restore America’s Estuaries, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. All volunteers must complete an online registration form by clicking here. Visit the CRCL website at, or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at (888)-LACOAST for more information.

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge:
Friday, April 15, 2011 and Saturday, April 16, 2011, 8 am–2 pm
Friday, May 27, 2011 and Saturday, May 28, 2011, 8 am–2 pm

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) are coordinating volunteers to help with planting native marsh grass and restoring crucial wildlife habitat at Bayou Sauvage NWR. Located just minutes from New Orleans, Bayou Sauvage is an important nesting and breeding habitat for brown pelicans, alligators, waterfowl and many other important species. This volunteer planting of native marsh grass will help recover wildlife habitat and revive water quality in the urban wildlife refuge of Bayou Sauvage. Click HERE for maps and directions. Volunteers ages 16 and older and will be working in areas of standing water so conditions will be wet and muddy. Please dress comfortably in clothes that can get dirty. Please bring hip boots or waders if possible. Old tennis shoes that can be laced down and get dirty also work. It is recommended to bring a towel and/or change of clothes with you to the planting site. NWF will provide refreshments, drinks and lunch. All equipment needed for the project will be provided. Volunteers must register online or by clicking HERE.



School Sustainability Grant (Deadline: April 29)
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and Keep Louisiana Beautiful are pleased to announce a pilot grant program designed to encourage a sustainability initiative in Louisiana K-12 schools. Projects to be considered are to address a litter/waste abatement issue within a particular school campus that will result in long-term impact. These projects can center on recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention, etc. Application Deadline: April 29, 2011. Award not to exceed $10,000. Parishes eligible for this pilot program: East Carroll, Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita, Red River, Union, West Carroll, Winn. Questions: Contact Venise Ortego at

Grant Opportunity Deadline Extended for Gulf Restoration Projects
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center and the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs have extended the deadline for letters of intent for the hydrological restoration projects grant competition to April 28, 2011, at noon (central time). The partners have begun an effort to identify hydrological restoration projects that benefit living marine and estuarine resources in and adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the partnership has announced a request for letters of intent for a grant competition for hydrological restoration projects. To be considered, projects must remove or modify anthropogenic barriers to restore historic tidal estuarine and freshwater exchange to benefit coastal and marine fisheries habitat. Projects also must be located from Key West, Fla., to Brownsville, Texas. Local, county and state governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, communities, homeowner associations and universities are eligible. Projects can receive up to $100,000, and a match of at least $1 of nonfederal money per $1 requested is required. Go to for submission details.

EPA Seeks Applicants for Environmental Justice Green Jobs Development Pilot Projects (Deadline: May 10)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting grant applications for projects that promote Green Job Training and Green Job Placement in underserved populations. An eligible applicant MUST BE: an incorporated non-profit organization; a Native American tribal government (Federally recognized); OR Intertribal Consortium or Consortia (AND) located within the same state, territory, commonwealth, or tribe that the proposed project will be located. In addition, an eligible applicant must be able to demonstrate that it has worked directly with the affected community. Projects must be performed in one of the following Region 6 states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and/or Texas. EPA Region 6 will award one grant for $100,000 to support projects that promote Green Job Training and Green Job Placement in underserved populations. Closing date and time for receipt of hard copy or electronic application packages is May 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM., Central Standard Time (CST). For more information, including eligibility requirements, purpose, and goals, please visit:

Request-for-Proposal period for the 2011 Invasive Species Mini-Grants (Deadline: May 12)
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is pleased to announce the opening of the Request-for-Proposal period for the 2011 Invasive Species Mini-Grants. We will be accepting applications for grants to fund projects that control or manage invasive species, mitigate the impacts from invasive species, or educate the public about the risks of invasive species and/or the benefits of native species. Proposals must be received in the BTNEP Office by 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 12, 2011. The BTNEP Invasive Species Action Plan Team will select the best project proposals, and grant winners will be announced by Thursday, June 2, 2011. So successful were our last round of projects, that BTNEP has doubled the funding for Invasive Species Mini-Grants this year and accordingly increased both the minimum and maximum grant amounts. Minimum funding will be $2,500 and maximum funding will be $8,000 for any individual grant. For more information, or to download the application form, please visit: or contact Michael Massimi, BTNEP Invasive Species Coordinator, at (985) 447-0868 or if you have further questions.



Audubon makes summer great!
Experience summer fun and learning at TRAC. Our summer camps are like no other. Nestled in the Great Trinity Forest, we offer a 120-acre outdoor classroom and a state-of-the-art nature center along the Trinity River, just eight minutes from downtown Dallas. At TRAC Summer Camp, your children will be outside, enjoying hands-on learning and exploring the wonders of nature. We’ll hike, study wildlife, learn outdoor skills, create nature art, and explore prairie, forest, and wetlands while learning more about our amazing north Texas home. Our experienced and caring educators will nurture your child’s love of nature, while having lots of fun in the great outdoors. Register Now Questions? Call 214.309.5812 or email

1. Animal Trackers
Entering K and 1st grade
Session 1: Jun 20–24; Session 2: Jun 27–July 1; 9 am–3 pm

Hop, fly, and crawl your way to Animal Trackers Camp where acting like an animal is encouraged! Come explore and discover the amazing animals that live right here in our own backyard. Feel the soft fur of a mammal, taste an edible insect, make a bird feeder, touch a bullfrog, and meet our live Texas animal ambassadors. Don’t let this camp slither away, join today!
$198 for members includes a camp T-shirt and snacks every day ($220 for non-members)
*Campers bring a sack lunch daily
Register Here

2. Texas Eco-Rangers
Entering 2nd and 3rd grades
Session 1: Jun 20–24; Session 2: Jun 27–July 1; Session 3: Jul 18–July 22; 9 am–3 pm

Texas is an amazing natural place. We’ll explore the plants and animals of our state - specifically the unbelievable animals that live right here in our north Texas home. We’ll hike, nature journal, watch birds, explore our pond life, create nature art, canoe and set up a camp site. And we’ll meet native Texas animals up close and personal.
$198 for members includes a camp T-shirt and snacks every day ($220 for non-members)
*Campers bring a sack lunch daily
Register Here

3. Adventure Trekkers
Entering 4th and 5th grades
July 18–22; 9 am–3 pm

Are you ready for adventure? Hike on down for our Adventure Trekkers Camp. Learn outdoor survival skills. Make a survival shelter. Go fishing and birding. Hike and backpack over four miles of trails, orienteer and geo-cache using a compass and GPS. Build a campfire. Paddle in a kayak and canoe… and more!
$198 for members includes a camp T-shirt and snacks every day ($220 for non-members)
*Campers bring a sack lunch daily
Register Here

4. Lone Star Adventure Camp & Campout
Ages 10, 11 & 12
July 18–22, 9 am–3 pm; Thursday campout with departure Friday, 3 pm

Go wild in the Lone Star State! Step back in time and explore the life and times of the pioneers who first settled in Texas. Investigate the amazing plants that call Texas home, and discover the fascinating wild world of Texas animals. Spend Monday through Wednesday at the Dallas Arboretum, then spend an adventure-packed Thursday through Friday (including a staff-supervised overnight) at Trinity River Audubon Center, hiking, paddling, fishing, and exploring our amazing North Texas home.  For more information contact
$234 for members of TRAC or Dallas Arboretum ($260 for non-members). 
*Campers bring a sack lunch daily.
Register Here ONLY for Lone Star Adventure Camp & Campout



Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s Anti-litter Campaign Uses Social Media
Click here to read this article from the Baton Rouge Advocate on how Facebook is being used by Keep Louisiana Beautiful as a marketing tool to help promote their Anti-litter campaign!

Whooping Cranes – Decline of a Species
The LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is working cooperatively with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Geological Survey, the International Crane Foundation and the LA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to restore the whooping crane within Louisiana. Click here to read about the history and decline of this Louisiana native species and how you can help.

Louisiana’s 9th Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Art Contest DEADLINE JUST A WEEK AWAY!

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and
the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
along with contest sponsor,

Alcoa Foundation


Louisiana’s Ninth Environmental Awareness


Theme for 2011: Louisiana Outdoors: A Beautiful Experience!

Please use this theme to encourage children to be aware of and enjoy the outdoors, leading them to become better stewards in the future.

An official entry form and release MUST accompany each entry and MUST be signed by the contestant and parent or guardian. The reproducible registration form, including full contest guidelines, is attached or can be downloaded from our website: Entries that do not comply with contest rules will be disqualified.

Categories for both art and language arts contests:
Group 1 – Ages 5-7
Group 2 – Ages 8-10
Group 3 – Ages 11-13
Group 4 – Ages 14-18
Louisiana students may enter their original work in the art and/or the language arts area of the contest.

Prizes awarded to contest winners:
1st place in each category – $200
2nd place in each category – $100
3rd place in each category – $75

Winning art and language arts entries will be published in our 2012 calendar!
All winners will be honored at a reception to be held at the Governor’s Mansion.

For more information contact Juliet Raffray at

L.D.W.F. Agents Searching for Overdue Boater in Lac des Allemands

Release Date: 04/08/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents are actively searching for a missing Vacherie man in Lac des Allemands in St. John the Baptist Parish.

LDWF along with the U.S. Coast Guard and St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office are searching the lake for Larry T. Brock, 66, who has been missing since the morning of April 7.

The St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office notified LDWF agents of an unmanned vessel found in Lac des Allemands running in circles around 11 a.m.  The 18-foot aluminum vessel with 130 horsepower motor was found with several catfish on board and bait for hoop nets.

According to a fellow fisherman, Brock is a commercial fisherman who was running hoop nets in the morning.  When Brock did not return by 10:30 a.m., the fellow fisherman went looking for him and found the unmanned vessel and notified the sheriff's office.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

Contests, Grants, Events, National Environmental Education Week Updates


Louisiana’s 9th Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 21)
We invite all students to participate in this exemplary program. The theme for the 2011 contest is “Louisiana Outdoors: A Beautiful Experience!” We hope this theme will be used to teach children to be aware of and enjoy the outdoors, leading them to become better stewards in the future. Contest is for ages 5-18 years. Beautiful calendars are produced featuring winning student products and are distributed statewide, the art is placed on billboards throughout the state, the poems and essays are published in large circulation newspapers, and winners receive a monetary award. In addition, winning students are honored with a ceremony at the Governor's mansion. All submissions must be postmarked by Thursday, April 21, 2011. This competition is sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission with the sponsorship of the Alcoa Foundation. **Official contest criteria and registration form is posted on our website at**

2011 Video Contest (Deadline extended: April 18)
This contest, which is a joint project of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc., Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Office of Motor Vehicles, seeks to engage young people to take action in the fight against litter and illegal dumping in our state and help promote a cleaner and more beautiful Louisiana. We want to convey to the newest generation of motor vehicle drivers, in particular, that littering is unacceptable, illegal and just downright wrong. Enter the contest by submitting an original video of at least 30 seconds but no more than two (2) minutes in length by the online submission process and in compliance with the official rules in the attachment. No purchase necessary to win. All entries must be received between Monday, March 28, beginning at noon, and Monday, April 18, 2011, 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Friday, May 6, 2011. One winner from three categories (middle school, 6 – 8 grade; high school, 9 – 12 grade; post-secondary) will receive a grand prize of $500. The winning videos will also be featured on closed-circuit TV monitors in 84 Office of Motor Vehicle locations statewide. For more information, visit: or



School Sustainability Grant (Deadline: April 29)
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and Keep Louisiana Beautiful are pleased to announce a pilot grant program designed to encourage a sustainability initiative in Louisiana K-12 schools. Projects to be considered are to address a litter/waste abatement issue within a particular school campus that will result in long-term impact. These projects can center on recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention, etc. Application Deadline: April 29, 2011. Award not to exceed $10,000. Parishes eligible for this pilot program: East Carroll, Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita, Red River, Union, West Carroll, Winn. Questions: Contact Venise Ortego at



Announcement and Call for Papers (Deadline: July 15)
Commemorating 10 Years of Research!
Southeastern Louisiana University Campus in Hammond, LA
Co-Hosted by: Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF), University of Southeastern Louisiana - Pontchartrain Basin Research Program (PBRP), Pontchartrain Restoration Program (PRP), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pontchartrain Research Committee (PRC)
Research Summaries must be received by July 15, 2011. E-mail summaries with figures in Word to Theryn Henkel at; Website:
Additional Information: PRP or other authors may contact John Lopez: or (504) 836-2215; PBRP authors may contact Nick Norton: or (985) 549-2923

14th World Lake Conference, October 31-November 4, 2011
The International Lake Environment Committee and the River Systems Institute are co-sponsoring the 14th World Lake Conference, to be held in Austin, Texas, from October 31-November 4, 2011. The focus of the conference, titled Lakes, Rivers, Groundwater, and Coastal Areas: Understanding Linkages, is on lake and reservoir systems and their hydrological linkages to upstream and downstream river systems. Organizers have designed the conference to provide an interactive international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences related to lakes and the water systems that support them. Call for Abstracts: Presentations consistent with the theme and objectives are welcomed and invited. The authors of selected presentations also will be invited to submit for possible publication in the ILEC Journal, Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management. The anticipated conference participants include international, national and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic organizations, representatives of the private sector, and other water stakeholders from both developed and developing countries. Visit:

Update on the latest Restore the Earth Foundation's Gulf Coast efforts!
Check out the FOX News 5 minute spot that was aired on Friday, March 25 at the 5 pm and 9 pm news stories!
We are getting calls nationwide, even from London and Sweden….wanting an update on the oil in the gulf. It’s still there! We are scrambling to raise funds for 2000 more bags for the one year anniversary (APRIL 20) of the oil spill. Our partners Wildlife and Fisheries (WLF) will be bringing major media out to see what we have been doing as the FIRST restoration on the ground since the oil spill! To donate a bag and spread the word to others who might be able to contribute, visit: Give a gift to the wetlands for Earth Day, April 22. $25/bag
Links to share/post:
Times Picayune, New Orleans- Volunteers work to repair wetlands:
Volunteers return to Wildlife and Fisheries Management area for more restoration:
Front Page Article on 10,000 Cypress Trees for Louisiana Wetlands from the Baton Rouge Advocate March 19, 2011:



National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is April 10-16! Here’s a quick update on new resources and opportunities to participate, including EE Week Planning Toolkits and our annual Photo Blog Contest and the EE Week Daily Drawing. We also invite you to watch the videos of the 15 finalist in the Planet Connect Get Green Video Contest. Register your school or organization to participate in EE Week, and join our network of thousands of educators dedicated to increasing the environmental literacy of K-12 students. You'll also receive many other perks, including certificates of participation and access to special offers from our partners. Join us!

Photo Blog Contest (Submissions accepted April 1 through May 31)
Do you have an inspiring story and photo of how you and your school or organization are engaging students in environmental education? National Environmental Education Week wants to hear about it! Simply upload your photos and stories to the EE Week Photo Blog. The 2011 EE Week Photo Blog Contest is open to individuals affiliated with a school or organization providing K-12 educational programs. Photo Blog Contest applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a valid email address and be residents of the United States. Read the complete rules. Each photo blog entry must include a photograph and accompanying blog text no longer than 1,500 characters that clearly describes the environmental education activity shown in the photo. Release forms are required for each identifiable person in a photo. Entries will be judged on the quality of the photo and blog text, visual appeal and the student learning that took place as a result of the environmental education efforts depicted in the blog. First, second and third place prizes include a shopping spree for educational media at the Video Project, a Canon PowerShot A490 digital camera and a Get Outdoors! Field Pack from Acorn Naturalists.

Ocean Education Planning Toolkits Designed for 2011 EE Week Now Available
Each year, EE Week provides hundreds of free resources and lesson plans on to help educators plan activities around an annual theme. But busy teachers don't always have the time to sift through all of these materials to identify the best activities for their classes. This year, together with our partners at the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), EE Week brings you this planning toolkit with a suggested grade-appropriate activity on a daily sub-topic for each school day of EE Week. We are all connected to the ocean in many ways, whether we live near or far from it. These sub-topics were selected to help students better understand their many connections to the coast, and include weather, ocean exploration, climate change and more. Access the toolkits.

Earth Day Network Lessons on our Ocean Connections
In celebration of EE Week's 2011 theme: Ocean Connections, our friends at Earth Day Network developed five lesson plans on the ocean and oil spills to help K-12 teachers bring the topics into the classroom in support of EE Week's 2011 theme. Developed by and for educators, these interdisciplinary lessons are correlated to national content standards in science, social studies and math. Each activity may also be adapted for use with older or younger students. Download the ocean lesson plans or check out the oil spill lesson plan to learn more.

EE Week Special Feature: Weather Connections to the Ocean
As part of National Environmental Education Week's 2011 theme, Ocean Connections, broadcast meteorologists from across the United States have contributed videos explaining the ocean's role in weather in their regions. These meteorologists participate in Earth Gauge®, a sister program of National Environmental Education Week that provides weathercasters with free environmental information and stewardship tips they can share with their viewers. 

Amended Agenda for Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 04/06/2011

April 6, 2011-The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of March 3, 2011
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/March
  5. To consider Notice of Intent on Fish and Wildlife Values
  6. To hear overview of Budget Process and Department’s Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Executive Budget
  7. Public comments on 2011-13 Hunting Seasons and 2011-12 General & WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations and DMAP
  8. To consider Notice of Intent on Alligator Regulations
  9. To hear Report on Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes
  10. To consider Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent on Opening of Sabine Lake to Commercial Oyster Harvest
  11. Set August 2011 Meeting Date
  12. Receive Public Comments
  13. Adjournment

L.D.W.F. Investigating Decapitated Eagle

Release Date: 04/05/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking the public's help after finding a federally protected decapitated bald eagle in a drainage ditch in Franklin Parish on April 3.

Anyone providing information leading to the arrest or conviction of the guilty party is eligible for up to $2,000 in cash rewards.  LDWF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are both offering $1,000 to help solve this case. 

"To see any protected animal decapitated in a ditch is disheartening enough, let alone the animal that represents our symbol of freedom," said Capt. Alan Bankston, LDWF's Regional Captain for the Monroe area.  "However, to find out what happened to this eagle, we really need help from the public.  We are urging the public to offer up any information they might hear so we can hold someone accountable for this brutal crime."

Anyone with information may call the LDWF Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Agents believe the eagle had been dead for a couple of days before being found.  LDWF agents recovered the eagle and are currently scheduling a necropsy to determine a cause of death.

The eagle is protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  For each violation of these acts, a $5,000 fine and up to 18 months in jail may be imposed if convicted.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at or 225-765-2465.

2011 Dates Announced for White Lake Facilities Use by Groups Conducting Non-Consumptive Activities

Release Date: 04/01/2011

April 1, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated selected dates between April 19 and July 12, 2011 for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA).

White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2011 group use dates.

The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students, or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which now includes an experimental population of whooping cranes.

White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. The property will seasonally have migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules, and the common moorhen. Hawks and owls are also common. Coastal terns and gulls use habitat contained on White Lake at times. Several large breeding rookeries of waders are present on the property. Most notably, along Blackfish Bayou, buttonbush growth supports a rookery with a large number of black-crowned night herons.

Access dates and fees for 2011 are as follows:


Day trips: April 26; May 3 and 17; June 7 and 21; and July 5 and 12.

Overnight trips: April 19-20; May 10-11; and June 14-15.


Day Use (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
$300 - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with  coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.

Exemptions from day-use Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)
$400 + $25/person/night --Includes overnight stay at Lodge with only linens provided.
(For up to 12 people.)

$400 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided.  (For up to 12 people.)

$900 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)

Exemptions from overnight Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

Skeet Range (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)

$10/person/25 clay pigeons.

$15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.

Exemptions – Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.

Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)

$10/person/ride.  Limited to authorized function attendees.

Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on White Lake WCA facility use, visit the LDWF Web site at, or call 337-479-1894 or e-mail Wayne Sweeney at

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