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Contests, Grants, Events, National Environmental Education Week Updates

CONTESTS:

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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-commission**

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: videos.keeplouisianabeautiful.org or www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.

 

GRANTS:

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 vortego@wlf.la.gov

 

EVENTS:

Announcement and Call for Papers (Deadline: July 15)
BASICS OF THE BASIN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM October 27-29, 2011
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 therynhenkel@gmail.com; Website: http://www2.selu.edu/orgs/pbrp/BasicsoftheBasin2011.html
Additional Information: PRP or other authors may contact John Lopez: johnlopez@pobox.com or (504) 836-2215; PBRP authors may contact Nick Norton: nnorton@selu.edu 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: www.wlc14.org

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!  http://www.restoretheearth.org/News/11_03_25_Fox.html
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: http://www.gulfsaversolutions.com. 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: http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2011/03/volunteers_work_to_repair_wetl.html
Volunteers return to Wildlife and Fisheries Management area for more restoration: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/33905
Front Page Article on 10,000 Cypress Trees for Louisiana Wetlands from the Baton Rouge Advocate March 19, 2011: http://www.2theadvocate.com/mobile?cid=118284949&section=/news

 

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION WEEK EVENTS:

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 EEWeek.org 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 aeinck@wlf.la.gov 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:

SCHEDULE FOR NON-CONSUMPTIVE ACTIVITIES AT WHITE LAKE WCA

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.

FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE

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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information on White Lake WCA facility use, visit the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/white-lake-wetlands-non-consumptive-use-2011, or call 337-479-1894 or e-mail Wayne Sweeney at sweeneykw@bellsouth.net.

Agenda Set for April Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 03/30/2011

March 30, 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. Set August 2011 Meeting Date
  11. Receive Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

Volunteers Return to Pass A Loutre WMA For Marsh Restoration Project Phase Two

Release Date: 03/29/2011

Ohio State University students on spring break place Gulf Saver Bags at Pass a Loutre WMA on March 24.
Volunteers, coordinated by Common Ground Relief for Restore the Earth Foundation, prepare for trip to Pass a Loutre WMA.
Gulf Saver Bags placed at Pass a Loutre WMA are designed to stimulate marsh restoration and growth.

March 29, 2011 - Volunteers from around the state and country assisted the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) marsh restoration efforts March 24 with a second installation of Gulf Saver Bags at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Common Ground Relief coordinated the effort for the Restore the Earth Foundation and LDWF, bringing in students on spring break from Ohio State University, and representatives of Bayou Rebirth, (San Francisco) For the Bayou, Global Green and Plaquemines Parish officials and citizens.

The volunteers assisted LDWF Coastal and Non-game Resources Division personnel distribute 800 Gulf Saver Bags at the WMA that forms the southeast tip of Plaquemines Parish, where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The vital wetland habitat within the WMA provides a natural home and breeding grounds for shrimp, crabs, oysters, and more than five million migratory birds. Hurricane activity and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 have further advanced the effects of coastal erosion to this southeastern Louisiana shoreline that forms the first line of defense against storm surge and tidal fluctuations.

The Gulf Saver Bag is a package of native marsh grasses with its own supply of natural nutrients and oil eating micro-organisms combined to support, feed and protect the new growth of marsh grasses in areas of need. The bag is standard biodegradable burlap weighing 20 pounds when packed. Placement by hand from small transport vessels minimizes disruption of shallow sediment along deteriorating coastal land mass. The 800 bags placed along the marsh shoreline Thursday supplement the 400 bags distributed by an initial volunteer effort in December 2010.

Funding for materials used at Pass a Loutre was provided by donations from individuals and matching donations from the Coypu Foundation, the Ittleson Foundation, State Farm Insurance and Restore Americas Estuaries. Additional funds were raised though benefit concerts held in San Francisco and sponsored by For the Bayou, as well as a Benefit the Bayou concert held in Cape Cod, and a car wash held by Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans. For more information on the Gulf Saver Bag project, visit www.gulfsaversolutions.com.

Pass a Loutre WMA encompasses 115,000 acres and is the oldest wildlife management area in Louisiana. Visit www.wlf.la.gov for information on LDWF’s coastal wildlife management areas.

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

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

Video Contest, Grants, Resources

CONTESTS


2011 VIDEO CONTEST (Deadline: April 11)
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 11, 2011, 5 p.m. For more information, visit: videos.keeplouisianabeautiful.org or www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.


GRANTS

ACS Grant Opportunity for High School Chemistry Teachers (Deadline: April 1)
The ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant is awarded to high school chemistry teachers for any purpose that enhances the teaching and learning of chemistry within their classrooms. This includes covering basic needs as well as supporting new, innovative activities. Teachers can request up to $1,500 for:
• Laboratory Equipment & Supplies
• Instructional Materials
• Professional Development Courses
• Field/Research Studies
• Science Outreach Events
We are currently accepting applications through April 1, 2011 for the 2011-2012 academic year. We hope that you will pass this opportunity along to the chemistry teachers that you know. Details about the grant and the application process can be found at www.acs.org/hach. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Kenetia Thompson at 1-800-227-5558 ext. 8178 or K_Thompson2@acs.org.


RESOURCES

NOAA has launched the social media photo sharing website "NOAA Photo Library's Photostream" on Flickr, the premier Internet photo sharing website. A selection of over 4,000 photos have been uploaded onto the NOAA Flickr website, a subset of the 47,000 public domain images presently on the NOAA Photo Library. The photos can be viewed in collections, sets, in slideshow format, and by using the Flickr search engine to search for imagery thematically. View the site at www.flickr.com/photos/noaaphotolib and the NOAA Photo Library at www.photolib.noaa.gov/.

Father and Son Team Receive D.W.I. Enforcement Awards

Release Date: 03/25/2011

LSU Patrol Officer Justin Lanoux (left) and his father, LDWF Senior Agent Randy Lanoux (right)

March 25, 2011 - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission presented "2010 DWI Enforcement Awards" on March 15 to a father and son for their efforts in getting impaired operators of vehicles and vessels off the streets and waterways.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Senior Agent Randy Lanoux, 47, of Gonzales, received the award for making 47 driving while under the influence (DWI) cases in 2010.  His son, Louisiana State University (LSU) Police Patrol Officer Justin Lanoux, 27, of Gonzales, earned the award for issuing 24 DWI citations.  They both made the most DWI arrests for their agencies.

"This was a very special moment for me and my son," said Randy Lanoux.  "During the span of my 30-year law enforcement career I have received several awards, however, in this one instance to stand next to your only son and receive recognition from the state, which you love so dearly, is indescribable."

Justin said he made most of his cases around the perimeter of the LSU campus and that he has zero tolerance for impaired drivers.  "It is important to protect the LSU students, faculty and staff as well as the citizens of the state of Louisiana from drunk drivers," he said.  "Alcohol related traffic crashes are 100% preventable by simply not drinking and driving."

Randy made 44 of his 47 DWI cases in 2010 on the water with most of those coming on the Amite and Blind Rivers.  Alcohol is the number one cause of boating crash incidents that lead to fatalities in Louisiana.  In 2009, alcohol was ruled the primary cause for six of the 32 fatalities from boating crash incidents.

"For public safety it is imperative that impaired boat operators be located and removed from our state waterways before they can cause harm to themselves or someone else," Randy said.  "It's not a question of if something will happen, but a question of when.  Eventually there will be a situation where a quick decision needs to be made and an impaired operator simply can't react in the time needed.  Alcohol also obstructs their capabilities of reason and judgment and is a recipe for disaster."

The LDWF Enforcement Division has stepped up their DWI enforcement efforts in the last decade.  LDWF agents issued 216 DWI citations in 2009 and 158 in 2010, compared to 50 in 2002.

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

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