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Environmental Education Commission Meeting Scheduled for August 9th

Release Date: 07/28/2011

 

JULY 28, 2011– The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will meet in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. in the Louisiana Room at theLouisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters located at 2000 Quail Drive.

I.      Call to order

II.      Roll Call/Sign-in

III.      Minutes from last 3 meetings

IV.      Financial Report

V.      Coordinator’s Report

VI.      Old Business

          A.     2012 Symposium Committee

                   1.      Complete committee sign-ups

                   2.      Timeline discussion & vote

                   3.      Symposium hotel update

                   4.      Keynote speaker

          B.     Environmental Literacy Plan

          C.     Art & Language Arts Contest updates

VII.      New Business

          A.     Nominating Committee appointments

          B.     Art & Language Arts theme

          C.    Outreach ideas

                  1.      Beach trash workshop

                  2.      Floating island lesson

          D.    Change of meeting dates for discussion

VIII.      Announcements

IX.      Next Meeting Dates: November 8, 2011 (Louisiana Room), March 3, 2012 (at Symposium in Alexandria), May 8, 2012

X.      Adjournment

For more information, contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

 

 

L.D.W.F. Reopening Sherburne Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 07/28/2011

July 28, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will re-open Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) effective Aug. 1, 2011.

The public shooting ranges that include the rifle, handgun, archery and shotgun range 1 are included in the Aug. 1 re-opening of those areas within the WMA which had remained closed since spring floodwater prompted LDWF to close the site in May. The public is reminded that LA 975 south from US Hwy. 190 remains closed.  Access to the site is restricted to LA 975 from I-10 to the Sherburne WMA Headquarters.

For more information, contact Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 337-948-0255 or Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov .

20 Students Participate in First LDWF Summer Camp

Release Date: 07/27/2011

20 Students Participate in First LDWF Summer Camp

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) held their inaugural Summer Camp from July 18-22 at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge for children 12 to 16 years old.

The camp was completely free of charge and participants were able to receive their official LDWF boater and hunter education certifications.  The camp was split up between class room work and outdoor activities that consisted of fishing and canoeing in the ponds at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, skeet shooting, air rifles, archery and casting practice.

"The camp was a great success and well received by the kids and their parents.  The department will definitely sponsor more camps for next summer since we had such a great demand and response for this first one,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  "Since most classes for boating and hunting education are done in one day, this camp allowed for a lot of extra time during the week for the kids to get hands on experience and guidance on a number of outdoor activities.”

The camp was open to the first 20 children that registered who did not already have a boater or hunter education certificate.  The following kids completed all five days of the camp and received their boating and hunting education certifications:

Tyler Irvin, 12, of Gonzales; Jordan London, 12, of Baton Rouge; Taiylar DeMoss, 12, of Baton Rouge; Devon Regira, 12, of Geismar; Darren Ficklin, 12 of Geismar; Colton Strain, 12, of Clinton; Chance Truett, 13, of Baton Rouge; Scott Sugasti, 13, of Barataria, Daniel Sant, 13, of Baton Rouge, Cade Hood, 12, of Walker; Emma Gordon, 15, of Baton Rouge, Jeffrey Ragusa, 13, of Gonzales; Alexander Williams, 12, of St. Gabriel; Mac Prudhomme, 13, of Baton Rouge; David Johnson, 14, of Baton Rouge; Jamey Jacocks, 16, of Geismar; Jacob Jacocks, 15, of Geismar; Hunter Rube, 15, of Baton Rouge;  and Cedric Brown Jr., 13, of Thibodaux.  Sari Sant, 15, of Baton Rouge, received her hunting education certificate, but had to leave the camp early and missed the boating education portion.

On the final day of the camp, LDWF held a skills challenge consisting of skeet shooting, archery, canoeing obstacle course, fish identification test, casting and fishing contests to determine which two campers would win lifetime hunting and fishing licenses.  The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) donated lifetime hunting and fishing license went to Ficklin.  Sugasti won the lifetime hunting and fishing license donated by the Louisiana branch of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA).

The LWAA and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation provided a daily lunch free of charge for the five-day summer camp.  Cabela's in Gonzales also donated a rod and reel combo set that each child received to upon completion of the camp.  CCA also had volunteers on site and gave each student a CCA membership.

The boating education course is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 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.

The hunter education course is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, who plans on purchasing a hunting license.  The hunter education curriculum includes sections on ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, firearms and ammunition, safety in the field, wildlife identification and wildlife conservation.  The major objectives of the hunter education programs are to reduce the number of hunting accidents, improve the image of hunting through ethical and responsible conduct and promote the shooting sports.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Announces Additional Shrimp Season Closures in Zone 1

Release Date: 07/26/2011

Closure Map Overview

July 26, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2011 spring inshore shrimp season will close within the remainder of Shrimp Management Zone 1 at 6 a.m., Tuesday, August 2, with the exception of portions of Mississippi Sound and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.

The areas that will remain open in Zone 1 are as follows:

·       That portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning, and

·       The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2.

For a map detailing these closures click here

Louisiana shrimp harvesters typically harvest brown shrimp during the spring shrimp season, while harvests during the fall are largely comprised of white shrimp. The quanitity, distribution and percentage of small juvenile white shrimp taken in recent biological samples have rapidly increased.  These waters are being closed to protect these developing shrimp.

Shrimp landings through June 2011 indicate that approximately 26.5 million pounds of shrimp (heads-off weight/all species combined) have been landed in Louisiana.

For more information please contact Marty Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-2401.  For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Events, Workshops, Recourses, and Public Meetings

EVENTS

National Estuaries Day (September 24)
Pledge to Spend a Day on the Bay: SIGN RAE'S ONLINE PETITION!
Our nation's estuaries are an irreplaceable natural resource.

Restore America's Estuaries asks that you show your support for your local estuary by signing the petition and Pledge to Spend a Day on the Bay!
          • Celebrate National Estuaries Day! National Estuaries Day (NED) is the annual celebration of the vibrant and essential coastal areas where rivers meet the sea and a terrific opportunity to learn more about estuaries. National Estuaries Day 2011 will take place on Saturday, September 24 and events will be held across the nation throughout that week.
          • Click here to learn about specific opportunities to spend a day on your local bay!
          • Celebrate your local bay any day of the year! Can't make it to NED? You can ALWAYS take advantage of volunteer opportunities and hands-on restoration projects in your nearby bay or estuary, participate in a guided walk or boat tour, or simply explore your estuary with family and friends!
          • Click here for a list of Restore America's Estuaries' (RAE) member groups or find a National Estuarine Research Reserve near you!     
Follow the links to tell your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter how critical estuaries are to a very special way of life and share with them how they can spend a day on the bay!

Dallas Zoo Science Day 2011 (October 1)
Discover how much fun science can be by attending ExxonMobil Science Day at the Dallas Zoo on Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival-style event will feature 18 science booths featuring hands-on activities for children of all ages, preschool to junior high, that are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards. In addition to the activities for families, all educators will receive four (4) SBEC and TEEAC credits. Only pre-registered educators will receive free parking, admission, and a teacher's guide, and a curriculum CD-ROM filled with the day’s activities and classroom extensions. Pre-registration closes on Friday, September 16, 2011. For more information please visit http://www.dallaszooed.com/teachercenter/teach_zsd.htm or see attached registration form.

2011 Artist Boat Kayak Raffle for "Help Float the Boat" Fundraiser
Attached is a flyer for a Necky Manitou 14 Kayak that will be raffled on October 8th at the Help Float the Boat: A Fundraiser for Artist Boat event (winner need not be present). It is an incredible kayak worth $1000! Payment can be made with a credit card over the phone, or a check can be mailed in. Ticket stubs will be mailed back. Starting August 15th, it will be on display at the MOD CoffeeHouse at 2126 Postoffice St, in downtown Galveston, TX. Artist Boat is a non-profit organization: www.artistboat.org
To Order by Phone: 409-770-0722 email: info@artistboat.org or send a check to Artist Boat at 2415 Avenue K, Galveston, Texas 77550

 

WORKSHOPS

KEY ISSUES INSTITUTE—LIVE WEBCAST (JULY 27-30)
The Keystone Center for Education, in partnership with Alcoa Foundation, will be hosting a live webcast of Key Issues: Bringing Environmental Issues to the Classroom teacher professional development institute from Wednesday, July 27 through Saturday, July 30.

The Key Issues Institute is a national teacher training institute that provides middle- and high-school educators with the process, skills and confidence to investigate current environmental issues with their students using The Keystone Center’s non-biased framework. The institute introduces a new way of thinking about approaches to contentious issues in order to facilitate student inquiry. The curriculum integrates science, math, social studies and language arts, as well as incorporates role playing, simulations and best practice sharing.

The live webcast will begin at 9:30am on July 27th and will be located at http://www.keystone.org/cfe/pel/services/key-issues along with a schedule of events and planning documents to support each lesson covered at the institute. Viewers will have the opportunity to see the Key Issues Institute in action in Silverthorne, CO, and follow along with lessons modeled by Key Issues teacher facilitators. For questions, please contact Key Issues Program Director Anne Love at (970) 513-5840 or alove@keystone.org.


AWW Teacher Workshop (August 20-21)
Dr. Deutsch's Alabama Water Watch staff will be hosting a teacher workshop using the 'Living Streams' curriculum at their offices on the AU campus. Teachers will be trained using macro invertebrates as a water quality indicator (biological testing). The times are Saturday from 9 am-5 pm and Sunday 2 pm-5 pm. Sunday, we will test a nearby stream. No cost and there are a few spots available. Mona Scruggs and Sergio RuizCordova will be facilitating - they are great folks! Please email monascruggs@gmail.com if you are interested or know a teacher that might benefit. 
          Mona Scruggs worked as a community and environmental conservation extension agent in Panama in the Peace Corps and completed her M.C.P. in Community Planning at Auburn University. Her work at AWW includes watershed management and planning and environmental education with domestic and international projects.
          Sergio S. RuizCórdova, M.S. has a M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University. His work with AWW primarily involves maintaining the statewide database and creating data reports. In addition to responsibilities with AWW, he coordinates the development and maintenance of a database for the Global Water Watch projects in Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Philippines and other countries through the International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments.

NAAEE Conference, Raleigh, NC (October 11-16)
You won’t want to miss the 2011 40th Anniversary Conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education in Raleigh, NC, October 11-16, 2011, where Climate Change is one of six strands for study. Be sure to register at http://www.naaee.net/conference by the Early Bird deadline of August 11, to get the best rates!
Regardless of your learning style, or your audience, if you want to update your knowledge of climate change science, Raleigh, NC is the place to be in October.
          • In the climate change strand, you can select from 55 sessions on every aspect of climate change education from pre-K through adult learners.
          • You can “ask the experts” at a panel discussion on Thursday, October 13, where you will meet scientists from Canada, Mexico, and the United States sharing their experiences and information on “Climate Change, Oceans and Society”.
          • You will hear about uplifting real solutions to this real problem, showing how currently available alternative energy sources can be implemented all over the world, to focus all of our personal energy on generating our community energy needs.
We also invite you to browse the host Environmental Educators of NC website to join EENC or for conference updates at www.eenc.org.

NSF Regional Grants Conference, Austin, TX (October 17-18)
The first National Science Foundation Regional Grants Conference of fiscal year 2012 will be hosted by The University of Texas at Austin on October 17-18, 2011. Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, the NSF Office of International Science & Engineering, Office of General Counsel, and Office of the Inspector General will participate in this two-day conference. More at  http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=118594&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13


RESOURCES

26 Seconds
Every 26 seconds in America, a student drops out of high school. State Farm has launched a campaign to address this startling statistic and engage those who can most directly affect change – young people themselves. The campaign, titled “26 Seconds,” will use interests – like music, sports and video – to engage youth. It provides an online venue for youth to express feelings on the issue and creatively share thoughts and talents – encouraging them and their peers to make graduation a priority so they become more than a statistic. The message to young people is to Be Heard, Be Seen, Be You and Be More than the statistic. The program’s tagline “BMOR” underscores this call to action.

The campaign’s online presence, 26seconds.com and facebook.com/26seconds, will strongly rely on the creative talents of young people. Their stories, songs, videos and testimonials will raise awareness in ways we can only imagine. Young people will lead the effort by committing to stay in school and influencing their peers to do the same. The :26 campaign will offer incentives (t-shirts, gift cards, experiences and scholarships) to participants and showcase the talent that young people have to raise awareness and affect change. 

For more information, please contact: Mia Jazo-Harris, State Farm® Public Affairs, mia.jazo-harris.sfdx@statefarm.com
1 State Farm Plaza, B-4, Bloomington, IL 61710, 309.766.5242 (office), 309.533.2011 (cell)

Announcing NOAA's Response and Restoration Blog
NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration develops and employs critical scientific solutions to marine pollution caused by humans such as oil and chemical spills, and plastics in the ocean. To help clear the murky waters of tackling these hazards, the scientists and staff at OR&R have launched a Response and Restoration Blog and would love to have you join the discussion!
We've already posted on:
The challenges of explaining the scale of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico,
What happens to corals when ship captains watch boxing matches and not where their ships are going,
Planning for potential oil spill impacts on Arctic ecosystems,
The many doppelgangers for oil spilled in the ocean,
And, of course, pirates.
We'll talk a lot about the dirty issues affecting our ocean and coasts - oil spills, hazardous waste sites, micro-plastics and other marine debris - and how we're working to cleanup and restore America's waters. Keep up with and join the conversation by email, RSS, or bookmarking usresponserestoration.wordpress.com.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

Hypoxia in Focus: Leaders to Strategize for a Healthy Gulf (August 2)
You’re invited to a press conference at the Joint Gulf of Mexico Alliance-Hypoxia Task Force All Hands Conference. A leader for the Alliance and Task Force, Richard Ingram of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, will present on current and future collaboration efforts to reduce nutrients in the Gulf. Additional hypoxia experts will be on hand to answer questions.
          The Westin Canal Place, New Orleans, LA
          August 2, 2011, 12:00 PM

For more information, contact Valerie Kleinschmidt: vkleinschmidt@disl.org or 251-861-2141 ext. 2710
To learn more about the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, visit www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.
To learn more about the Mississippi River Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force, visit: http://water.epa.gov/type/watersheds/named/msbasin/index.cfm

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission August Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 07/26/2011

July 26, 2011 - The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, August 4, 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 July 7, 2011

3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

4. To consider changes to Notice of Intent on the Calcasieu Lake Oyster Harvester Permit

5. To consider Notice of Intent on Bluefin Tuna Size Limits

6. To consider Notice of Intent on Rules for Commercial Harvest of Live Mullet for Bait, as Part of the Commission Rules for Harvest of Mullet

7. To consider Declaration of Emergency on Setting the Opening Dates of the 2011 Fall Inshore Shrimp Season

8. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/July

9. To consider Notice of Intent on Boating Regulations

10. To hear Presentation of Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program

11. To consider Waterfowl Season Dates

12. Set December 2011 Meeting Date

13. Receive Public Comments

14. Adjournment
 

Agents Issue 34 Citations on Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge

Release Date: 07/25/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents have issued 34 citations over the past two weekends on the Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) in Cameron and Vermilion parishes.

These citations include charges for intentional littering, failure to return by-catch immediately to the water, trespassing in restricted areas, failure to abide by no-wake zones and over limit of crabs and shrimp.

The water management control structure known locally as Mud Hole, in that portion of Rockefeller SWR within Cameron Parish, was closed to the public until further notice on July 11 due to litter problems caused by recreational fishermen.

Refuge regulations prohibit littering, which includes not returning bycatch from recreational cast netting to the water.  Public use of the site has led to an accumulation of bycatch fish (mostly menhaden) that has created unsanitary conditions and litter along the banks of a water control structure accessible only by boat.

The unsanitary conditions caused by decaying fish prompted the precautionary closure.

“Agents in uniform and plain clothes monitor and patrol these areas on a regularly daily basis.  Users who do not return their bycatch immediately to the water can litter an area in a short time," said LDWF Captain Jubal Marceaux of the Lake Charles Office.  "We want the public to be aware that if uniform agents are not seen there is still a good chance agents could be at various locations to observe illegal activity specifically littering."

To report littering on Rockefeller SWR or any LDWF property, individuals are encouraged to report violators to Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511.

Agents also want to let the public know that throwing cigarette butts on the refuge grounds and waterways does constitute litter.

Agents participating in the two weekend operation were Capt. Jubal Marceaux, Lts. Remy Broussard and Robert Buatt, Sgts. Todd Laviolette and David Sanford, Senior Agents Beau Robertson, Anthony Verret, Buddy Murray, Justin Sonnier, Justin Lowry, Cody Soileau, Charles Talbert and Ronnie Englehart.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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