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Green Ribbon Schools Applications Now Open

The Louisiana Green Schools is proud to announce the opening of applications for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Program. ED-GRS is a national award that honors schools and school districts that have made significant progress in resource conservation, improving community health, and increasing environmental awareness.  Participation in the program helps to reduce your school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning.   Please visit Louisiana’s ED-GRS application portal to begin an application and for more info.  Applications are due on January 14th by 5:00 p.m.  

Contact Green Schools Coordinator Brian Gautreau at bgautreau@wlf.la.gov for more information.

Legendary Deer Taken Illegally in Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 10/19/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agent cited an Abbeville man for alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 17 in Avoyelles Parish.

Senior Agent Douglas Anderson cited Glen Toups Jr., 40, for not possessing basic season and big game hunting licenses and not possessing deer tags.

Around 10 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson was notified about a buck that was taken on an Avoyelles Parish hunting club’s property near Simmesport by a guest hunter.  The hunting club notified the agent to help measure the deer for record purposes.  When the agent arrived he was told that the deer may have been harvested by a non-licensed hunter.

Around 11 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson made contact with Toups Jr who told him he shot the deer with an arrow around 9 a.m.  Toups Jr. confessed that he did not have the required basic season and big game licenses or deer tags.  The agent issued the citations to Toups Jr and seized the deer.

The deer was unofficially scored as a 208 class buck.  The deer meat was donated to a local charity and the antlers and head are being held as evidence by LDWF.

Not possessing deer tags carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Toups Jr. may also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Agents further learned that Toups Jr. could not obtain a hunting license since he is under a hunting license revocation.  Charges are pending for Toups Jr. for hunting while under hunting license revocation.  Hunting while under hunting license revocation brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

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

Three Men Cited for Possessing 21 Red Drum Over the Limit in Excess of 27 Inches

Release Date: 10/09/2015

Over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agent cited three Louisiana men for recreational fishing violations in Grand Isle on Oct. 8.

The agent cited Donisote Santos, 53, of Chalmette, Jose Goronci, 43, of Metairie, and Jose DiSalva, 49, of Kenner, for taking over the limit of red drum and taking over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches.  DiSalva was also cited for not possessing basic or saltwater fishing licenses.

LDWF received a tip from a concerned angler who claimed that three males were fishing over the limit on red drums on the Caminada Pass Bridge in Grand Isle.  Senior Agent Norman Deroche spoke with the complainant who said the three men were filling the bed of a white F-250 with large red drum.

Senior Agent Deroche intercepted the white F-250 at 6:48 a.m. on La. Hwy. 1 in Fourchon.  After stopping the vehicle, Deroche found 25 red drum in the bed of the F-250.  All of the fish measured between 28 and 40 inches long.

Each licensed fisherman is allowed to keep one red drum in excess of 27 inches per day and allowed to possess two red drum in excess of 27 inches if fishing for multiple days.  Since DiSalva did not possess a fishing license, this put the men 21 fish over the limit.

Taking over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  In addition, possessing over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches carries a $150 fine for each fish over the limit.  In this case it would bring up to a $3,150 fine.

Failing to possess basic and saltwater licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  The men could also face civil restitution of $555 for the replacement value of the red drum.

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

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Body of Cameron Man Recovered from Calcasieu River

Release Date: 10/05/2015

Search and rescue crews recovered the body of a Cameron man this morning, Oct. 5, in the East Pass of the Calcasieu River in Cameron Parish.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard began searching for Ronald B. Moore, 44, on Oct. 2 around 4 p.m.

Moore’s body was recovered around 9 a.m. on Oct. 5 near the town of Cameron.

According to witnesses they heard a noise and saw Moore floating in the water while his 16 foot aluminum vessel was circling around him.  The witnesses saw Moore bob up and down a few times and before disappearing.  The witnesses were able to call for help.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Moore’s body was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

It is unknown at this time what caused Moore to be ejected from the vessel.

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

2016 Environmental Education State Symposium Call for Presenters

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is seeking presenters for the 2016 Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium, scheduled for February 19-20, 2015 at the Baton Rouge Marriott, 5500 Hilton Ave., Baton Rouge. The symposium is an annual event aimed at providing formal and non-formal environmental educators from Louisiana and the surrounding region with up-to-date environmental education information and techniques.
 
The theme for this year's symposium is "Exploring the Natural World." Presenters are encouraged to follow the conference theme, but it is not strictly necessary.  Visit the symposium website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-environmental-education-symposium.
 
Presenters will conduct 50-minute sessions featuring exemplary programs, hands-on workshops, or lesson demonstrations. 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/2016-environmental-education-state-symposium-presenter-proposal-form.
 
For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov.

World Champions Honored at Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/02/2015

World Champions Honored at Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

On Thursday, Oct. 1 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recognized Louisiana student archers who participated in the 2015 National Archers in the School Program (NASP) World Archery Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. in July.

This year’s NASP World Tournament proved to be the largest ever held with nearly 5,000 student archers competing from five countries including the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Namibia.  Of those 5,000 students, 64 came from Louisiana and proudly represented not only their school but the entire state of Louisiana.

Benton Middle School, of Benton, La., were crowned as World Champions in the Middle School Division.   Benton Middle School also finished 3rd in the 2015 NASP National Tournament held in May in Kentucky.  Benton Elementary, who placed 4th at nationals this year and were last year’s World Champions, brought home their second World Championship becoming Louisiana’s first ever back-to-back World Champions.

Along with the world titles achieved by these teams, three individuals from Louisiana brought home World Championship titles as well.

Anna Robins of Benton Middle School finished 4th in the World in the middle school girls division.

Nathan Delill of Buckeye High School finished 3rd in the World in the middle school boys division.

Emma Bunch of Benton Elementary became Louisiana’s first-ever individual World Champion Archer placing 1st in the elementary school girls division.

In addition to being recognized at the LDWF commission meeting, these students received team and individual awards from the department recognizing their achievements.

The Archery in Louisiana Schools Program is a member of the National Archery in the Schools Program, which teaches international target archery to students in grades 4-12.  All students who attend school where the ALAS/NASP curriculum is taught become eligible to compete in State, National and World tournaments.   For more information regarding ALAS and how you can get a program started at your school contact the ALAS State Coordinator – Robert Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or (318)484-2276.

Two Oyster Harvesters Charged For Taking Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 09/30/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two oyster fishermen for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on Sept. 30.

Agents cited Grant J. Leboeuf, 30, and Travis J. Dardar, 30, both from Montegut, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area.

LDWF agents were on patrol in the morning when they observed a vessel in a marsh area near Bayou Jean Lacroux actively dredging for oysters.  The area was closed by Department of Health and Hospitals due to pollution.

Agents stopped the vessel and found the two men in possession of one sack of oysters.  Agent seized the vessel, oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also be sentenced to serve 40 hours community service and required to only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system.

Agents participating in this case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Lt. Joe Arnaud.

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

Greenwell Springs Man Cited for Littering and Placing Bait on WMA

Release Date: 09/28/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents cited a Greenwell Springs man for alleged Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and littering violations in Pointe Coupee Parish on Sept. 26.

Agents cited Richard J. St. Pierre Jr., 18, for baiting deer and intentional littering on the Sherburne WMA.

Agents discovered deer corn and an empty 50 pound bag of corn on Aug. 1 on the Sherburne WMA.  Agents also documented the placing of bait on four other dates since Aug. 1 along with the empty corn bags and a fast food bag and cup.

On Sept. 26, agents observed Pierre Jr. in the act of placing bait and littering in the same location as previously documented.

Placing bait on a WMA brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering carries up to a $500 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court.  

Sgt. Cliff Ortis and Senior Agent Russell Marbury are participating in the case.

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

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