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Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament Heads West to Lake Charles

Release Date: 04/26/2011

April 26, 2011 - The Louisiana Saltwater Series Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, continues to its next scheduled tournament site on April 30, 2011, in Lake Charles, La., at Calcasieu Point Landing.  The series is dedicated to catch-and-release saltwater angling through a series of agency-sponsored fishing tournaments.

The series was developed by LDWF in conjunction with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to promote conservation of Louisiana’s saltwater sport fish resources and targets one of Louisiana’s most valuable sport fish, redfish.  

The grassroots-based tournament provides anglers with the opportunity to give back to the resource.  Contestants vie for cash prizes and test their skill while enjoying the thrill of the competitive sport. 

Each series includes two-man teams with a $200 entry fee for each event. For teams consisting of three members, only two of the members may be 16 or older.  The tournament is a 100 percent payout series.

This year, a youth division was established to introduce young anglers to the sport of fishing, and to teach the catch-and-release approach to conservation. Participants under 16 years of age will compete against one another in a separate category for trophy catch; all youth anglers will be recognized. 
 

The 2011 series is comprised of six fishing events and a championship. Tournament locations are scheduled across the coast.  The 2011 tournament schedule is as follows: 

  • April 2 Lafitte, Seaway Marina;
  • April 30 Lake Calcasieu, Calcasieu Point Landing;
  • May 14 Venice, Venice Marina;
  • June 18 Delacroix, Sweetwater Marina;
  • July 23 Slidell, Dockside Bait and Tackle/The Dock;
  • August 20 Port Fourchon, Moran’s Marina; and
  • Championship October 7 and 8 Empire, The Delta Marina.
     

Online registration for the tournament will close on Thursday, April 28 at noon, but those interested in participating can register at Calcasieu Point Landing from 5 to 6 a.m., the morning of the event.  Only cash or checks will be accepted for payment of registration fees the morning of the event.

For complete information, including rules, regulations and entry forms go to www.lasaltwaterseries.com. 

The Louisiana 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 Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.
 

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Meeting Scheduled for April 27

Release Date: 04/26/2011

April 26, 2011 – The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will meet Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 1 pm at the UNO Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in Suite 210, in New Orleans.

The agenda for Wednesday's meeting is as follows:

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll call
  3. Approval of minutes from February 16, 2011
  4. Reports
    1. Executive Directors Report
      1. Boston Seafood Show
      2. Oil Spill Anniversary Events (Seafood Summit, ACF, etc.)
    2. Treasurer’s Report 
  5. New Business
    1. Brussels
    2. Shrimp Task Force Update
    3. RFP Sub Committee Recommendations
  6. Set Next Meeting
  7. Adjourn
     

This meeting is open to the public.

For more information contact Ashley Roth at aroth@wlf.la.gov or (504) 286-8735
 

Boating Education Lagniappe Day

Date: 
Sat, 05/14/2011

 

LDWF will be hosting the first ever "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at eight different locations across the state.  Click on the link for registration and location information.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day

1st Annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" Slated for May 14

Release Date: 04/21/2011

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the first ever "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at eight different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

Interested participants must register by visiting www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lagniappeday and calling the contact number listed for the chosen class.  LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.

"We want to make this an annual celebration of boating safety in the state as boating season kicks into high gear," said LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the State's Boating Law Administrator.  "Boating Education Lagniappe Day is the perfect opportunity for those in need of a boating education certification and those that want to learn about boating safety.  We want to make the day fun and educational at the same time and everything will be offered completely free."

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.  States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 40,000 boaters during that time.

"Boating education has been a proven method to reduce fatalities on the water over time," said Capt. Rachel Zechenelly, LDWF's Boating Safety Coordinator.  "Since more and more of the boating public will fall into the mandatory age for certification, we will eventually reach a point where everyone that wants to boat in this state will have their boating education certificate making the waterways more enjoyable and safer."

Sponsors for the Boating Education Lagniappe Day are the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Walmart, Cabela's, Holiday Inn and Songy's Sporting Goods of Houma.

Below is the list of class locations known at this time and the registration contact information:

Bossier City
Academy Sports and Outdoors
2801 Beane Dr.
Bossier City, LA 71111
Call the Minden Office at 318-371-3049 to register.

West Monroe
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Call the Monroe Office at 318-362-3102 to register.

Alexandria
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S. MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, LA 71301
Call the Pineville Office at 318-487-5634 to register.

Eunice
Walmart
1538 Hwy. 190
Eunice, LA 70535
Call the Opelousas Office at 337-948-0257 to register.

Lake Charles
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, LA 70602
Call the Lake Charles Office at 337-491-2580 or 337-491-2588 to register.
Free door prizes to first 100 students to call and register.

Houma
Holiday Inn
1800 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Houma, LA 70360
Call the Thibodaux Office at 985-447-0821 to register.

Gonzales
Cabela's
Cabela's Parkway
Gonzales, LA 70737
Call the Baton Rouge Office at 225-765-2999 to register.

Chalmette
St. Bernard Parish Government Complex
8201 W. Judge Perez
Chalmette, LA 70043
Call the New Orleans Office at 504-284-2023 to register.

For more information on regulations or boating safety, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.  For more information on boating education courses, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.

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

Boating Education Lagniappe Day - May 10

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the fourth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 10 at eight different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations and the registration contact information:

Bossier Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
2801 Beene Blvd.
Bossier City, La 71111
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 318-371-3049.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bayou Outdoor Supercenter of Bossier City, H&W Marine of Bossier City and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitutional Dr.
West Monroe, La 71292
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To register please call 318-343-2417.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Pizza Hut.

Rapides Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, La 71301
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 318-487-5634.
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Lumber
207 N Railroad Ave.
Opelousas, La 70570
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 337-948-0257.
Sponsors include Raising Canes of Opelousas, Acadiana Outfitters of Iberia, Walmart of Eunice and St. Landry Lumber of Opelousas.

Calcasieu Parish
Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Dr.
Lake Charles, La 70601
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register please call 337-591-2580
Sponsors include the Calcasieu Chapter Whitetails Unlimited.

Lafourche Parish
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range
1156 Hwy. 90
Raceland, La 70394
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To register please call 985-447-0821.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Kief's Hardware Inc. of Cutoff.

Ascension Parish
Cabellas
2200 W Cabela's Pkwy
Gonzales, LA 70737
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To register please call 225-765-2999.
Sponsors include Cabela’s and Louisiana Waterway Safety Inc.

St. Tammany Parish
Madisonville Branch of St. Tammany Parish Public Library
1123 Main St.
Madisonville, LA 70447
9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Please call 504-284-2023 to register.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Two Men For Alligator Violations

Release Date: 04/20/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged alligator violations on the Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Bossier Parish.

Agents cited Jon Alsup, 31, or Coushatta, and William Whitley, 26, of Princeton, for taking an alligator without a license and during a closed season and for not abiding by WMA regulations.  Alsup was also cited for an expired boat registration and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

While on patrol in Red Chute Bayou in the Loggy Bayou WMA, agents came into contact with the Alsup and Whitley in a boat.  Agents found the suspects in possession of a 243-centerfire rifle, a Ruger 22 rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun.  Both men stated they were shooting turtles.

Upon further investigation, agents found an 8 foot 3 inch alligator floating nearby with an apparent gunshot wound to its head.  When questioned both subjects admitted to shooting the alligator.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents John Blalock and Frank Reger.

Taking an alligator without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine, or up to 90 days in jail or both.  Taking an alligator during a closed season carries a $400 to $950 fine, or jail time up to 120 days or both.  An expired boat registration and failing to comply with PFD requirements brings a $50 fine, or up to 15 days in jail or both for each offense.  Not abiding by WMA regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine, or up to 60 days in jail or both.

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

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

For additional information please call Olivia Watkins at LDWF at (225) 610-8660 or email at owatkins@wlf.la.gov, or Andrea Recher at (225) 229-5126 or andrear.Taylor@la.gov.

Workshops, Forums, Conferences, Grants & Summer Camps!

WORKSHOPS / FORUMS / CONFERENCES

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 www.lamer.lsu.edu. Please send registrations and questions to Dianne Lindstedt at dlindst@lsu.edu, 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: www.loyno.edu/presidentsforum.

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: www.mote.org/beyondhorizon

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: http://www.epa.gov/ciconference/.

 

BP OIL SPILL ANNIVERSARY – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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 www.crcl.org, 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 www.nwf.org/Volunteer or by clicking HERE.

 

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

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 http://masgc.org/gulfhydrorestoration 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: http://www.epa.gov/region6/6dra/oejta/ej/ej_pdfs/green_jobs_rfa.pdf.

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: http://www.btnep.org/subsites/invasive/grants.aspx or contact Michael Massimi, BTNEP Invasive Species Coordinator, at (985) 447-0868 or michael@btnep.org if you have further questions.

 

SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITIES

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 zsegal@audubon.org.

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 education@dallasarboretum.org.
$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

 

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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

announce

Louisiana’s Ninth Environmental Awareness

STUDENT ART & LANGUAGE ARTS CONTEST

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.

ALL ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED BY APRIL 21, 2011.
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: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-awareness-art-language-arts-contest. 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 jraffray@wlf.la.gov.

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