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License Still Needed to Hunt Feral Hogs

Release Date: 08/15/2011

 

August 15, 2011-The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) wants to remind citizens that a valid Louisiana hunting license is still required to take outlaw quadrupeds including feral hogs with the new laws that went into effect today, Aug. 15.

Legislation passed during the 2011 Legislative Session, provides additional options for citizens to take outlaw quadrupeds (armadillos, coyotes, feral hogs) and nuisance animals (nutria and beaver).

House Bill 294, signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal as Act 95, makes it legal beginning today, to take outlaw quadrupeds, nutria and beaver at night from March through August on private property with any legal firearm.  Anyone taking part in these activities at night is required to notify the parish sheriff’s office 24 hours in advance of any such hunt.

Additionally, House Bill 169, signed into law by Governor Jindal as Act 29, allows the take of nuisance quadrupeds at night using sound suppressors on the firearm(s) utilized, beginning today.  Anyone using such a weapon must have in possession a valid permit issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The use of sound suppressed weapons is restricted to the take of outlaw quadrupeds, including coyotes and feral hogs, from March through August on private property.

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 Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Pineville Man Cited For Possession Of Three Spotted Fawns

Release Date: 08/15/2011

 

August 15, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Pineville man for allegedly possession three spotted fawns on July 20 in Rapides Parish.

Agents visited the residence of Timothy C. Toms, 44, and found three spotted fawns being kept illegally.  Toms told agents he received the three spotted fawns from three different people and that he intended to raise them.

Toms was cited for three counts of possession of spotted fawns.  Possession of a spotted fawn carries a fine between $500 and $750 or jail time between 15 and 30 days for each count.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Kevin Hill and Senior Agent John Volentine.

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

LDWF Offering Cash Reward for Vandals on Rockefeller Refuge

Release Date: 08/12/2011

 

August 12, 2011-The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is seeking leads on a recent act of vandalism on the Rockefeller State Wildlife Refuge (SWR) located in Cameron and Vermilion Parishes.

The Rockefeller SWR employees noticed the new Rockefeller SWR sign had seven bullet holes on Aug. 10.  Employees also found that some bullets had gone through the sign striking a dormitory building on the property.  This dormitory building houses a high volume of guests year round.

The Rockefeller SWR entrance sign is located off of Hwy. 82 directly in front of the property's headquarters building and was purchased and installed in March of this year.

Anyone with information regarding this act of vandalism on the Rockefeller SWR or any other wildlife crime should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  Cash rewards up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of vandals associated with this incident.  Callers will also remain anonymous.

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

LDWF Seeks Volunteers to Participate in Elmer's Island Beach Sweep

Release Date: 08/12/2011

August 8, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will host a beach clean-up at Elmer’s Island, located in Jefferson Parish, Thursday, August 18 beginning at 8 a.m.  Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge, located at the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, directly across from the Caminada Pass in Grand Isle, Louisiana, is historically known for its excellent fishing opportunities and public beach access that families and anglers alike enjoy.

LDWF, along with Louisiana State University AgCenter, is seeking volunteers, both individuals and organizations, to help pick up debris and help restore the beauty of Elmer’s Island.

What:  Elmer’s Island Beach Sweep

When:  Thursday, August 18, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Who:  LDWF biologists, Grand Isle officials and LSU AgCenter representatives

To sign-up to volunteer please contact:  Julia Lightner at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or (504) 913-7849 or Caitlin Reilly at creilly@agcenter.lsu.edu or (504) 495-8763. 

Volunteers are reminded to take the proper precautions against the summer conditions by wearing a hat and sunscreen.  LDWF will provide drinks, but there will be minimal shade available. 

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 press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Calls Special Meeting for August 17

Release Date: 08/11/2011

The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 9:30 AM on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 in the Louisiana Room of the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 

            1.  Roll Call

 

            2.  To consider Declaration of Emergency to amend the 2011-2012 hunting season to allow hunting deer with dogs on Kisatchie National Forest

 

            3.  Public Comments

 

            4.  Adjourn

 

L.O.W.A. Honors Members for Excellence in Outdoor Communications

Release Date: 08/11/2011

Aug. 11, 2011– The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) honored members during the group’s 66th annual conference, Aug. 5-6 in Houma. The honorees were selected for awards in the association’s 2011 Excellence in Craft (EIC) competition.

The EIC contest, which recognizes excellence within eight categories of outdoor-related communications, has been held continuously since 1945. Member entries for the 2011 competition were judged by members of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.

LOWA membership includes newspaper and magazine writers, editors, columnists, photographers, radio and television broadcast journalists, wildlife artists, internet journalists, book authors, videographers and public relations specialists.

For more detailed information about the competition or LOWA, visit www.laoutdoorwriters.com. The winners and sponsors of the 2011 EIC competition by category:

 

Magazine Short Feature (less than 1000 words)

1st  John Flores: The Blind View

2nd James Guice: The Young Hunter

3rd Deborah Burst: Flight of the Egret

Co-Sponsors: LA Forestry Association and LA Association of Professional Biologists

 

Magazine Regular Feature (more than 1,000 words)

1st Jerald Horst: Fish Under Our Noses

2nd Jerald Horst: Hidden Talons

3rd John Flores: The Majestic Whooping Crane

Co-Sponsors: LA Charter Boat Association and Houma Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

Newspaper Article

1st Glynn Harris: I Can’t – Not in Dyer’s Vocabulary

2nd John Flores: Where the Wind Blows

3rd John Flores: Nighttime Operations

Sponsor: LA Sportsman Magazine

 

Broadcast (radio or television)

1st Glynn Harris: Clay Dyer No Quitter

2nd Joe Macaluso and Gary Rispone: Trinity Outdoors-Disabled Hunt

3rd Glynn Harris: Black and Blue Friday

Sponsor: National Wild Turkey Federation – LA Chapter

 

Electronic Media

1st Deborah Burst: Paying Tribute to the Atchafalaya Basin

2nd Lyle Johnson: The Camp

3rd David Moreland: Outdoor Roots

Sponsor: CCA Louisiana

 

Black and White Still Photograph
1st John Flores: Pond-ering Around

2nd John Flores: Upland Pass

3rd Jerald Horst: Parasitic isopod on redfish

Sponsor: Bass Anglers Sportsman Society

 

Color Still Photograph
1st Jerald Horst: How the yellowfin tuna got its name

2nd John Flores: A Job Well Done

3rd Paula Ouder: Christopher Green

 

Sponsor: LA Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation

 

Topical Article on Coastal Wetland Protection/Restoration (more than 750 words)

1st Lyle Johnson: Coastal Restoration – Is There Hope?

2nd Lyle Johnson: This Used To Be Paradise

3rd Wendy Billiot: Coastal Restoration – Beating a Dead Horse?

Sponsor: Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Outreach Committee

 

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 Chris Holmes at 504-495-8189 or cholmes@att.net, or Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

Russell Sage W.M.A. Now Includes Wham Brake Property

Release Date: 08/11/2011

Russell Sage Wham Brake Map

Aug. 11, 2011– Outdoors enthusiasts utilizing Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) now have an additional 4,955 acres for hunting and other outdoor activities based on a lease agreement recently signed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and International Paper (IP).

“We are pleased to have been able to arrange this no cost lease agreement and make this announcement prior to the opening of the 2011-12 hunting season,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “We will continue to negotiate with International Paper for eventual transfer of the property.”

The newly leased acreage, north of the existing WMA land owned by LDWF, includes prime waterfowl habitat known locally as Wham Brake. The north Louisiana WMA, encompassing acreage in Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland Parishes, now totals 21,948 acres with IP leased acres included.

“Wham Brake has a rich history as one of the premier waterfowl areas in northeast Louisiana,” said IP’s David Haynes. “International Paper made the area available to the public free of charge for more than 50 years. The fact that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is taking over management of the area will ensure that continues in the future. We are grateful for their efforts to make this happen.”

LDWF is allowing removal of duck blind structures or other private property within the Wham Brake acreage through Sept. 9, 2011. Additional time may be considered for removal, but hunting from any permanent structures will not be allowed. The department is interested in acquiring some existing blinds for possible use in youth waterfowl and Louisiana Hunting Heritage Program hunts, and will evaluate any structure offered for a possible transfer of ownership. The LDWF Monroe field office can be contacted for more information at 318-343-4044. 

The existing WMA property provides two greentree waterfowl impoundments totaling 2,400 acres, utilized by species including mallards, wood ducks, and other non-game species. Public hunting options are also available for deer, squirrel, rabbit and woodcock, and a primitive camping area is provided north of U.S. Highway 80.

For more information and directions to Russell Sage WMA, visit the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma or contact Jerald Owens or Charles Booth at 318-343-4044.

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.

Grants, Events, K-12 Opportunities, Lagniappe

GRANTS

STEMester of Service YSA Grants (Deadline Extended: August 15)
YSA is seeking middle schools with large populations of disadvantaged youth in the 19 states with highest dropout rates (AK, AZ, CA, CO, DE, DC, GA, HI, IL, LA, MI, MT, NV, NM, NY, NC, RI, WA, WY). Grantees will engage students in a STEMester of Service addressing critical environmental and disaster preparedness needs and connecting them to STEM curricula. The $5,000 grant supports sustainable service projects that launch on MLK Day of Service (January 16, 2012) and culminate on GYSD (April 20-22, 2012). Please visit www.YSA.org/grants/stemester for more information.


Funding Available for Forest and Water Climate Adaptation Plans (Deadline: September 19, 2011)
          The Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP) is now accepting applications for 2012 Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies (CSU). This program offers rural U.S. [only] communities the opportunity to be part of climate adaptation solutions urgently needed across the country. This educational opportunity is being conducted in collaboration with the Cumberland River Compact. Local communities are on the front line making key land use decisions in regards to climate change. Through a peer learning network that links underserved rural communities across the U.S., Climate Solutions University (CSU) provides training, expertise, and support to communities engaged in climate adaptation planning.
          Climate Solutions University (CSU) helps rural communities design and implement climate adaptation plans that protect local forest and water resources and support viable rural economies. CSU strengthens local leadership and public engagement and promotes the following outcomes: protection of forests, streams, human and ecological health; preservation of natural resource based economies; and builds broad public support. Each community develops and implements a Forest and Water Climate Adaptation Plan and Case Study by participating in a four-step multi-year process.
Scholarships Available: Six communities will be provided $10,000 scholarships.
Application Deadline: 5:00 PM PST, Monday, September 19, 2011
Apply Now: www.mfpp.org


The following grant opportunities are listed on the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s website.
Eligible applicants are 501(c)3s from East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Ascension, Livingston, Iberville, Pointe Coupee parishes.

Community Coffee Fund {DOWNLOAD PDF}
A corporate Donor Advised Field of Interest Fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the Community Coffee Fund seeks to support innovative programs that will measurably improve the results of pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade education.
          Grant Range: $5,000 to $25,000
          Application Deadlines: March 15, Sept. 15
          Notification Dates: June 1, Dec 1

Powell Group Fund {DOWNLOAD PDF}
This fund makes grants in the areas of arts and humanities, community development, education, environment, health care and human services.
          Application Deadlines: Feb. 1, Aug. 1
          Notification Dates: April 15, Oct. 15

Turner Industries Fund {DOWNLOAD PDF}
The fund makes grants for arts and humanities, community development, education, environment, health care and human services. Grants range from $500 to $5,000.
          Application Deadlines: Feb. 1, July 1
          Notification Date: March 15, Aug. 15

GOMF-NOAA Community-based Restoration Program Funding Opportunity (Deadline: September 15)
The Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Partnership (GCRP) with NOAA's Restoration Center has released the 2011 RFP to fund on-the-ground projects to restore marine, estuarine, and riparian habitats to benefit living marine resources and to provide educational and social benefits by significantly involving the community. Due date for the proposal is September 15, 2011. Project funding levels typically fall within the range of $50,000-$100,000. Please see the attached RFP. For questions or project ideas, please contact: Meg Goecker, NOAA Restoration Center at 251-243-2200 (cell), 251-861-2141 ext7509 (office) or via email, meg.goecker@noaa.gov.


EVENTS

Coastal Restoration and Protection Forum (August 12)
You’re invited to the coastal restoration and protection forum taking place on Friday, August 12, from 10am-4pm at the Rev. Percy M. Griffin Community Center, 15511 Hwy 15, Davant, LA 70040 (east bank of Plaquemines Parish). Registration & Breakfast 9 AM. This event, “Getting the Water Right, Getting the Jobs Right” will address coastal restoration in terms of local, state, and federal policy, job creation, and the project planning and implementation process. The goal is to share information, updates, and an array of perspectives on these issues in order to help local stakeholders effectively engage in coastal restoration and protection. For more information, call (504) 279-5720.


Save the Date for T.R.E.E.’s 25th Anniversary Fundraiser Banquet (August 25)
T.R.E.E. is celebrating 25 years of serving students, schools and the community. We want to give you the opportunity to help us plant for the next 25 years. Please join us as we celebrate on this very special night. Thursday, August 25th from 7:00pm–11:00pm at The New Orleans Board of Trade – 316 Board of Trade Place, New Orleans, LA 70130 (faces Magazine St.). Cost: $35 per person. Please RSVP by August 12, 2011 by calling the T.R.E.E. office at 504-525-9020 or email at tree@treetalk.org. Leave your name, the number of guests attending and a daytime phone number. We will call you back to confirm and with payment instructions.


K-12 OPPORTUNITIES

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is now scheduling K-12 field trips for the 2011-2012 school year!
          LUMCON's primary facilities are located at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, approximately 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. This location, situated within the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River delta plain between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers, provides ready access to the most productive estuaries in the United States, to a variety of coastal environments, and to the open Gulf of Mexico. This unique location provides excellent opportunities for students to learn through first-hand meaningful experiences about Louisiana’s coastal environments.
          LUMCON’s K-12 program staff members specialize in working groups from the pre-K through 12th grade level. All activities and experiences can be modified to match the needs and interests of any group. Popular activities include: brackish water pond sampling, Bayouside Classroom water quality sampling, salt marsh canoeing (must be 12 years or older; limit 20), plankton laboratory, fish or invertebrate anatomy laboratory, educational cruises of bay and salt marsh environments (must be 12 years or older; limit 25), guided tours of the marine center
          To request field trip dates or to obtain more detailed information about group activities contact Murt Conover, Marine Education Associate; (985) 851-2860 or mconover@lumcon.edu. Hurry, available dates fill up fast! Dates are limited.


4-H Youth Energy Program (YEP)
          The 4-H Youth Energy Program (YEP) is a statewide school enrichment program designed to educate youth on the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The program focuses on ninth grade students but includes all of high school and middle school youth in experiential learning activities and projects that will work to encourage and challenge youth. As part of the program, energy-related curriculum guides and hands-on activity kits have been developed and will be housed in each parish 4-H extension office throughout the state.
Each kit includes equipment for conducting class experiments that cover many topics, including: General energy lessons, Solar energy, Wind energy, Hydropower, Fossil fuels, and Biomass. 
          Educators are required to attend a training that takes them through the basics of the kit and introduces program lessons that are tied to Louisiana GLE’s and can be easily utilized in their classrooms. All educators that participate in the program will have access to the activity kits and will receive a $300 stipend for participating in the training. The following training dates are currently scheduled: August 27, 2011 - Baton Rouge, September 24, 2011 - New Orleans, September 24, 2011 - Lafayette, and October 29, 2011 - Monroe. To register visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/directory?q=Youth+Energy+&loc=Louisiana&page=1. Additional training dates will be scheduled in Alexandria and Lake Charles this fall and can be found online at www.lsuagcenter.com/yep.  Interested teachers can contact Caleb Persick at cpersick@agcenter.lsu.edu or by phone at 225-578-2196 for additional information.


LAGNIAPPE

Wasting Water is Weird
          WaterSense partners Kohler and Lowes have launched a new public service campaign called Wasting Water is Weird. The campaign features tips from the WaterSense program and links to the website for additional water-saving information. It’s a positive, humorous message delivered by Rip the Drip, who shows up just when using water becomes wasting water and that’s when things get weird. You can like Rip the Drip on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @RipTheDrip or visit www.wastingwaterisweird.com.
EPA Launches Revamped Sustainable Water Infrastructure Web Pages
          With the release of the Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the next step in our efforts to work with the water sector as it moves towards more sustainable practices. This week, the Agency has launched an enhanced set of web pages to provide information and resources for meeting the water infrastructure challenges faced in communities across the country. The pages provide information, resources, and materials designed to meet the needs of local officials committed to leaving a legacy of sustainable water infrastructure. It provides information that every local official should know about their community’s water infrastructure and offers concrete, achievable steps that local officials can take to put their community on a more sustainable path or enhance existing efforts to address their water infrastructure needs. 
To review EPA’s revamped sustainable infrastructure web pages, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/sustain/index.cfm
To view the local officials’ section, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/sustain/localofficials.cfm


Volunteers Needed: Elmer’s Island Summer Beach Sweep – August 18th 8am -1pm
Elmer’s Island Refuge is a barrier island located in Jefferson Parish southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana bordered by LA 1 and the Gulf of Mexico. The area includes a tidal zone, natural and restored dunes, and an expanse of open area leading to the Back Bay. There are no buildings or facilities on the island, and any visitors are required to carry out everything they bring onto the property. It will be extremely hot and there will be limited shade. Elmer’s Island is remote; the Back Bay area is very wet and muddy. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a smile! Lunch, water, and gloves will be provided. For more information please contact Julia Lightner, at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or 504-913-7849.

Hunter Education Important Part of Hunting Season Preparation

Release Date: 08/10/2011

Aug. 10, 2011-- With hunting season less than a month away, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds the public that there is still time available to obtain hunter education certification.

Anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, is required to have successfully completed a hunter education course to hunt in the state of Louisiana, unless they are under the direct supervision of someone over 18 years old that has a valid hunting license or proof of completion of a hunter education course.  Hunter education courses cover firearms safety, general outdoors safety and the principals of wildlife management.  To locate hunter education course information, connect to the LDWF web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education

Hunters have two options for hunter education certification: register for and attend the 10-hour classroom course, which is usually conducted over 2-3 days, or chose the home study option.  With the home study option, the user will study the course material either on-line or via CD-ROM and attend a mandatory field day.   Both methods will provide the student with the required hunter education certification once a written test is passed at the end of the classroom course or field day. However, the home study option is recommended for students 14 years of age or older. There is no minimum age for attending a hunter education class, but a person must be at least 10 years old to receive hunter education certification.

Hunters who have already received their hunter education certification should verify that their hunter education card is available and in their possession prior to their first hunting trip.  If a duplicate card is needed, an application may be completed on-line at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education.  A temporary duplicate card can be printed immediately and there is no fee for a duplicate hunter education card.

Hunters planning out of state hunts should consult the hunter education requirements for the states they plan to visit.  Requirements differ from state to state, but a Louisiana hunter education certification is valid in all states. 

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov
 

White Lake Property Advisory Board to Meet Aug. 10 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 08/09/2011

The next regular Advisory Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries headquarters located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808      

The following items will be discussed:

1.      Roll Call

2.      Approval of Minutes of March 24, 2011 Meeting

3.      Department Financial Report

4.      Update on White Lake Leases

5.      Proposal for new biologist & technician staff

6.      Update on whooping cranes project

7.      Update on Intracoastal Canal/DU NAWCA project

8.      Update on birding trail & 700 ac impoundment

9.      Upcoming hunting season plan/changes

10.   Other Business

11.   Public Comment

12.   Adjournment

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