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LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Assumption Parish

Release Date: 09/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Assumption Parish that occurred on Sept. 11.

The boating incident occurred around 2 p.m. in Bayou Cheramie near Amelia and claimed the life of Jaidyn Montet, 7, of Bayou L’Ourse.

Agents learned that a triton bass boat with one person on board collided with a 20 foot aluminum vessel with four people on board including Montet while in a curve on the Bayou.

An ambulance transported Montet’s body to Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City where she was pronounced dead with severe head trauma.  The operator of the aluminum vessel was also treated for minor injuries.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Agents do not suspect alcohol played a role in this collision.

LEEC eNews: Become a Green Ribbon School, Get in the Scrap! and More

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LEEC eNews: Become a Green Ribbon School, Get in the Scrap! and More


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K-12 teachers affected by recent Louisiana flooding have a new resource for replacing lost instructional materials. Prompted by a request from a teacher who lost years’ worth of materials when her residence flooded in Denham Springs, the environmental resource agencies in the area are pooling their educational materials for you!

Teachers who have lost environmental education materials in either home or school floods are encouraged to submit a Care Package request via a simple web form found at

Care packages will consist of educational lesson activities, toolkits, maps, posters, loaded thumb drives, etc., all with an environmental focus. Distribution of care packages will begin on or around September 15, 2016. Please note that these care packages will be available while our supplies last.

The partners involved to date include:

·         4-H Youth Wetlands Program

·         Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program

·         Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA)

·         Environmental Protection Agency

·         LA Dept. of Natural Resources

·         LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries - Education

·         LA Environmental Education Commission

·         National Parks Service


Did you know that 31 schools flooded? The need is significant. If your organization would like to donate materials, contact Venise Ortego at

Care Package

As we are preparing ship our initial batch of Environmental Education Care Packages, we are no longer able to take general requests. If you have a specific environmental education material or supply request, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will endeavor to find the right partner to fill your request.

Email us at:
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education State Coordinator (
Thomas Gresham, Assistant Environmental Education Coordinator (

Thank you,
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission


Sponsor Contact Information

4-H Youth Wetlands Program



Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program



Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act



Dept. of Interior



Environmental Protection Agency



Everglades Foundation



LA Dept. of Ag & Forestry/Office of Soil & Water Conservation



LA Dept. of Environmental Quality



LA Dept. of Natural Resources



LA Dept. of Transportation and Development



LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries - Aquatic Education



LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries - Education



LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries - Endangered Species Outreach



LA Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries - Fisheries



LA Environmental Education Commission



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



National Park Service



National Wildlife Federation



North American Association for Environmental Education



Nutrients for Life



River Parish Community College



Additional Support Provided By:

Deepak Bhatnagar

Scott Durham

Claudia Fowler

Thomas Gresham

Venise Ortego

Bernardine Stewart


2017 Short Course Proposal Form

The deadine has passed for short course proposals for the 2017 Environmental Education Symposium. If you would like to present a 1-hour concurrent session, please submit an application at

See for more information.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: LEEC and LDOE to Host Green Schools Webinars

Is your school interested in becoming a Green Ribbon School?
Louisiana Green Schools and the Louisiana Department of Education will be hosting a webinar to help guide you through the application process. You can find the webinar website at

There are two dates available: August 30 at 2:00 p.m. or September 1 at 3:30 p.m.
We hope you'll join us!


LDWF Agent Honored by Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

Release Date: 08/23/2016

LDWF Agent Honored by Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council awarded the 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award to a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent on Aug. 17.

Sgt. Nicholas Guillory was presented the prestigious award by Council Chairman Kevin Anson of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“Presenting the Gulf Council’s first ever Officer of the Year award is an honor and a privilege,” said Anson. “Thank you, Sgt. Guillory, for your hard work and dedication.”

The Council’s Officer of the Year award acknowledges service above and beyond duty requirements and recognizes distinguished service, professionalism, and dedication to enforcing federal fishing regulations in the Gulf of Mexico.  Nominees may be submitted from each of the five Gulf State Law Enforcement agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard, and NOAA Fisheries’ Office for Law Enforcement.

Since graduating the LDWF Enforcement Academy in 2008, Sgt. Guillory has primarily patrolled the Gulf of Mexico.  Most notable of Sgt. Guillory’s efforts in 2015 include his actions on Sept. 6 in Vermilion Parish. Guillory received a call about a vessel taking on water in the Gulf of Mexico near Pecan Island.

“It was raining so hard that I could barely see anything, but I decided to launch my vessel anyway,’’ Guillory said. “As I traveled toward the Gulf of Mexico, I couldn’t even see the bow of my own vessel because the rainfall was so heavy.”

Guillory made his way to the scene and spotted an individual in mud up to his waist, which he pulled into his 19-foot patrol boat. He then noticed two other individuals in a nearby vessel that was taking on water and was also able to pull them into his patrol boat. Guillory brought in all three men and safely towed their vessel to the calmer Rollover Canal.

Since those three men were not the original distress call, Guillory then re-entered the Gulf and found another vessel beached and another under water. Guillory was able to grab the two individuals from the sunken vessel and put them in his boat.

The three people from the beached vessel had taken refuge on land. Guillory hooked his patrol boat to the beached vessel and pulled it back into the water. The boat started, and two of the people on land boarded their vessel. Guillory then towed the sunken vessel to a position to pump enough water out so that it could float and be towed to inside waters. The last person on shore got in Guillory’s patrol boat.

“Sgt. Guillory did a phenomenal job of rescuing eight people without injury and recovering three vessels in very rough conditions,” said LDWF Enforcement Chief Col. Joey Broussard. “He deserves any awards he receives for his effort as this could have had a very different outcome if not for the skill, bravery and determination he showed in this successful search and rescue mission.”

In total, Guillory rescued eight people, recovered three vessels, and safely returned everyone back to the Rollover Landing boat launch.

Sgt. Guillory was also presented with the Louisiana Emergency Preparation Association VALOR Award “For Outstanding Courage and Heroism in Emergency Preparedness” on May 4, 2016 for his Gulf rescue.

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