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LEEC eNews: LEEC Accepting Proposals for Environmental Education State Symposium Short Courses

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is accepting proposals for day-long short courses to be held in conjunction with the 18th Annual Environmental Education State Symposium. This year’s conference will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott, February 27-28, 2015.

All short courses will take place on Friday, February 27, 2015 in the Baton Rouge area. The theme for this conference will be “Biodiversity in Our World.” It is not necessary for presenters to adhere to the theme, but short courses that complement the theme are encouraged.

Find the web application form at or download a Microsoft Word version here. Send completed Word form to or print and mail to:

Venise Ortego
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
5652 Hwy 182.
Opelousas, LA 70570

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.

Friends of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes Newsletter

Dear Friend of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes,
Please find the link below to the third quarterly newsletter for 2014. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our efforts to restore this important species to its historic Louisiana habitat.

Joey Broussard Named New LDWF Enforcement Division Colonel

Release Date: 07/29/2014

Col. Joey Broussard

July 29, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that Joseph “Joey” Broussard, a native of Pointe Coupee Parish, has been promoted and will serve as the Enforcement Division’s new colonel.

“Joey’s wide ranging experience within the division will serve him well in his new leadership role and he has earned this opportunity to serve as chief in the years ahead,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.

Col. Broussard, 55, of Port Barre, will serve in the highest ranking position in the Enforcement Division.  He graduated from the LDWF cadet academy in 1991, receiving his POST certification from LSU, and has been an agent for 23 and a half years. Col. Broussard replaces the recently retired Jeff Mayne, who served the department for 23 years, completing his last year of service as colonel.

“I’m honored to accept the highest rank you can achieve within the Enforcement Division,” said Col. Broussard.  “I’m also excited to lead the division in to the future as we continue to adapt to new tasks as well as maintain our main responsibility in protecting and conserving the state’s natural resources.”

Serving as director of training from 1996-2008, Col. Broussard has also represented the Enforcement Division on the Mississippi Flyway Law Enforcement Committee. He received the statewide Agent of the Year award in 1994 and also the Outstanding Officer award from the Southeastern Association of Game and Fish Commissioners in 1994. He was selected for the LDWF Chief’s Award in 2008-2009.

In 2011, Col. Broussard was promoted to lieutenant colonel, overseeing field operations and search and rescue under former Chief Winton Vidrine. He most recently served as chief of staff under Col. Mayne.

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

LDWF Agents Looking for Boat Involved in Hit and Run

Release Date: 07/27/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads from the public about a boating incident hit and run that occurred on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 26 in Livingston Parish.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. when a ski boat was rear ended and ran over by another ski boat.  The three passengers of the boat that was run over were treated for minor injuries and released.  Agents are looking for the other ski boat that left the scene of the incident without stopping.

According to an eyewitness just north of where the incident took place near the Tiki Hut, a yellow and white ski boat with a black stripe was seen speeding through a no wake zone.  Agents believe that the yellow and white ski boat may have been the boat that was involved with this incident and that it should have substantial damage to the hull.

If anyone has information about this incident, they should call LDWF's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use the LADWF Tips app on their smart phones.

According to the people first to respond to the incident, the boat that was rear ended and ran over did have its running lights on at the time of the incident.  LDWF Enforcement Division will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

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LDWF Agents Participating in Operation Dry Water this Weekend June 27-29

Release Date: 06/26/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division (LDWF/LED) agents will take part in Operation Dry Water from June 27-29 with increased patrols for boaters operating or driving a boat while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement and boating safety.

During the Operation Dry Water weekend, LDWF agents will be out in force patrolling state waterways for boat operators whose blood alcohol content exceeds the state limit of .08 percent.

"Alcohol is always one of the largest contributing factors for boating fatalities in Louisiana and nationwide," said Capt. Rachel Zechenelly, LDWF’s state Boating Law Administrator.  "We want people to have fun on the water, but we also want them to have a sober operator of the vessel for the safety of those in the vessel and everybody else on the water.”

Alcohol can impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.  Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs and some prescription medications.

Louisiana had 15 boating fatalities in 2013 with alcohol playing a role in three fatalities or 20 percent.  Nationwide, statistics from 2012 reveal that 17 percent of all boat incident fatalities listed alcohol as a contributing factor.

LDWF agents issued three DWI citations to boat operators during the 2013 Operation Dry Water weekend and 15 DWI citations over the same weekend the previous two years combined.

Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect penalties to be severe.  In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1,000 fine and between 30 days and six months in jail.  Third offense DWI carries a $5,000 fine and between one and five years in jail.

Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 and is a joint program involving the LDWF/LED, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.  More information is available at

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

LDWF Secretary to Serve on NAWCA Council and Neotropical Migratory Bird Advisory Group

Release Date: 06/20/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham has been approved to serve on the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Council and Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) Advisory Group.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel and President Obama approved Barham’s nominations for the NAWCA Council and NMBCA Advisory Group today, June 20.

“I’m honored to be nominated and approved to serve on these important councils.  I’m ready to get started to work with other council and advisory group members, government agencies and the public to improve the quality of our wetlands and migratory bird habitats,” said LDWF Secretary Barham.

NAWCA was established in 1989 to provide matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife as part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

The NAWCA Council meets three times each year to review and select Standard Grant proposals that they take before the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) for funding approval.  The council also develops policy affecting the grant application and administration processes.

This NMBCA Advisory Group includes members of the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, as well as other bird conservation professionals.  The Advisory Group meets at least once a year, in conjunction with a North American Wetlands Conservation Council meeting, to discuss the NMBCA and make recommendations to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the direction of the program.

Barham, of Oak Ridge in Morehouse Parish, has served as LDWF Secretary since 2008.  Barham also served as State Senator for Louisiana’s 33rd District representing Morehouse, Union, East Carroll, West Carroll, and parts of Claiborne and Ouachita parishes from 1994 to 2007.

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

Plaquemines Parish Man Cited For Oyster and Boating Violations

Release Date: 06/17/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Port Sulphur man for alleged oyster and boating safety violations on June 14 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents were on patrol in the area of Grand Bayou when they came into contact with Joel Gonzales, 30, on a vessel with 194 sacks of oysters.  Agents immediately noticed the vessel was not equipped with a tarp as per Department of Health and Hospitals regulations to protect the oysters from direct exposure to the sun and other adverse conditions.

Upon further investigation agents also determined Gonzales’ vessel did not have the required numbers for identification for the departments aircraft, the vessel was not registered by the department and was not licensed to transport seafood for sale.  The vessel also did not meet LDWF regulations for an oyster cargo vessel, which requires installation of a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS).

For having a vessel with no boat numbers, operating an unregistered motorboat and failing to display proper number on vessel each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Violation of the state’s health code as it pertains to oysters carries a $450 fine and up to 10 days in jail.  Violation of VMS regulations carries a max fine of $950 and up to 120 days in jail plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized.  Taking commercial fish without a vessel license carries up to a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents seized and returned 194 sacks of oysters to the state’s water bottoms.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio, and Cadet Travis Bartlett.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-465-2465 or

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