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Jeffery Klinefelter Wins 2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp Competition

Release Date: 11/03/2011

2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp -- American Wigeon

Nov. 3, 2011 – Jeffery Klinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana, took home first place in the 2012 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The contest determines the image to be used on what is commonly known as the Louisiana Duck Stamp.

Klinefelter, who also won this contest for the 2008 Louisiana Duck Stamp, beat out 16 other competitors and was recognized at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s Nov. 3 meeting as the 2012 winner.  Tom Crain of Branson, Missouri, a first-time entrant, came in second place, and third place went to 2009 winner Anthony Padgett from Noblesville, Indiana.  Last year, Wes Dewey of Kansas won the contest.

In addition to winning the 2008 contest, Klinefelter has previously won the Indiana Duck Stamp contest for 2011 and the 2011 Gamebird Stamp competition in California.  His painting of a male and female American wigeon at a marsh edge will be featured on the 2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp.

"The department was happy with the quantity of entries this year, and we continue to be impressed by the quality of the paintings," said LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader Larry Reynolds.  "Klinefelter’s painting showed exceptional attention to detail with the features and scale of American wigeon and will make an outstanding duck stamp."  

For the third consecutive year, LDWF held an open contest that allowed the artist to choose any migratory waterfowl species known to winter in Louisiana for entry in the contest.  Only northern pintails and wood ducks, which were featured on the 2010 and 2011 duck stamps respectively, were not allowed.

The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of state wetlands and other worthy programs that benefit Louisiana’s ducks and geese.  This program has generated over $11 million for wetland conservation in Louisiana since 1989, with over $270,000 from last year’s stamp sales alone.

The 2012 stamp, featuring Klinefelter's work, is expected to go on sale June 1, 2012.  The artist will retain the original artwork and will have reproduction rights to the image for prints and other commodities after LDWF has used the image to produce the stamps.

Judges for the competition were Dr. Frank Rohwer, Dr. Tommy Michot, R.C. Davis, Tex Plumley, and Bonnie Camos.  Rohwer is a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the School of Renewable Natural Resources at LSU, and the Scientific Director for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation. Michot is a long-time wetland/waterfowl research biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S.G.S. National Wetland Research Center and is now a faculty member at University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Davis, a professional artist from Amite, is a past winner of the Louisiana Duck Stamp contest for the 1998-99 stamp design. Plumley is the president of Billeaud Companies, a real-estate development company in Lafayette, and the current state chairman of Ducks Unlimited. Camos is an exhibiting artist, curator and art instructor in Lafayette who was an official Festival International de Louisiane artist in 2010.

For more information on the contest, contact Larry Reynolds at lreynolds@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0456. To obtain a high-resolution digital image of the winning entry, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

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

 

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LDWF Brings New Life to Pearl River

Release Date: 11/02/2011

LDWF Fisheries Technician Mickey Miller displays a net full of channel catfish fingerlings, less than a year old.
Thousands of fish, reared at Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana, are released into the Pearl River.
Thousands of fish, reared at Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana, are released into the Pearl River.

Nearly 30,000 catfish and 24,000 bluegill fingerlings stocked

(Nov. 2, 2011) – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists took the first step in restoring fish to the Pearl River this afternoon by releasing thousands of fish into the river.  Approximately 30,000 channel catfish and 24,000 bluegill fingerlings were stocked at sites along the river in St. Tammany and Washington parishes. 

The stocking enhances the recovery of local fish populations following the Temple-Inland incident that killed over 500,000 fish and freshwater mussels in the river.  Although the fish population is expected to recover naturally, extra fingerlings were allocated to Pearl River to speed up the natural process.  Anglers have already reported catching fish in the affected area, prior to the stocking. 

“The department recognizes how important fishing in the Pearl River is to the local communities and anglers of south Louisiana,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina.  “And we are making great efforts to restore the river as quickly as possible.”

The fish were raised and distributed from the Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana.  The native fish were spawned this spring and are less than a year old.

“This is a healthy batch of fish.  They are about 4 to 5 inches long and average 40 fish per pound.  Because of their size, survival rates are expected to be high,” said Director of Inland Fisheries Mike Wood. “The fish were dispersed in multiple areas with optimal habitat to increase their chances of survival.”

The Department is currently in the preliminary stages of assessment following a fish kill caused by a discharge from Temple-Inland Paper Mill in Bogalusa, La.  Prescribed values for each impacted fish and mussel were recently submitted to Temple-Inland for review. 

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 press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.gov (225) 765-5113.

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Celebrate Completion of Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA Project

Release Date: 11/02/2011

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Celebrate Completion of Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA Project

Nov. 2, 2011–Representatives of Ducks Unlimited and several partner organizations gathered Tuesday at Pointe-Aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area to celebrate the completion of a $1.2 million coastal restoration project in southeast Louisiana and to dedicate it to Ron and Jackie Bartels of Schriever. More than 100 people attended the dedication event.

“Ducks Unlimited is pleased to recognize the Bartels’ unyielding commitment to conservation by dedicating the Grand Bayou Unit project to them,” said DU Executive Secretary Dan Thiel. “Pointe-Aux-Chenes WMA is one of the most popular public lands for waterfowl hunting in the state, and it is only fitting that Ron and Jackie’s conservation legacy be tied to it.”

The Bartels are well-known in the conservation arena for their pursuit of an impressive list of international game species as well as for their dedication to conservation organizations such as the Safari Club International and Ducks Unlimited. Ron has been an active DU volunteer for many years and currently serves as the Advisory Senior Vice President for Membership.

“If you’re going to harvest game, you absolutely must give back to the resource,” said Ron, manager at Eagle Consulting, LLC and Facilities, Inc.

Ron and Jackie have impressed upon their children and grandchildren the importance of a strong conservation ethic. At last count, 35 members from four generations of the Bartels family are carrying forward a passion for conservation through active support and involvement in organizations like Ducks Unlimited. “It makes me feel great that everybody is involved,” Jackie said.

The Grand Bayou project restored hydrology on approximately 3,255 acres of coastal marsh habitat through the installation of water control structures and levee work. In addition to enhancing public hunting opportunities on one of the most popular areas in the state, the work enables Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) managers to restore and maintain coastal marsh vegetation and salinity levels that support migratory waterfowl, shorebird and neo-tropical songbird populations, resident mottled ducks and myriad other marsh-dwelling species.

“This project is a premier example of Ducks Unlimited’s work to restore vital Gulf Coast marshes,” LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said. “The efforts of all partners involved greatly assist Wildlife and Fisheries’ efforts to efficiently and effectively manage the area for waterfowl and a wide variety of fish and other wildlife.”

“Anytime we are able to advance coastal restoration projects and mesh them with increased opportunities for wildlife management, it’s a win-win situation. And this project accomplishes both objectives,” Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne said.

The project, led by Ducks Unlimited, is a cooperative effort among 17 partners including: the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Abita Brewing Company, Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation, TransCanada Corporation, ExxonMobil Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, Go-Devil Manufacturers of Louisiana – Warren Coco, Safari Club International – Louisiana Chapter, Trapp Cadillac-Chevrolet, Inc. – Heinke Trapp, Songy’s Sporting Goods – Barry Songy, Matthew Hagen, Dr. Ted Price, Pierre Olivier, and Bobby and Linda Burguieres.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

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For more information, contact Andi Cooper at 601-206-5463 or acooper@ducks.org or Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

 

*Caption for group photo: Attending the Nov. 1 dedication of the recently completed coastal restoration project at Pointe Aux Chenes WMA  are (left to right): Jimmy Anthony, LDWF Office of Wildlife asst. secretary; Kell McInnis, LA Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation; Lee Hobbs, TransCanada Corporation; Dan Thiel, DU executive secretary; Jackie and Ron Bartels; Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne; and LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.(photo provided by Ducks Unlimited)

                                                                    

Facebook User Cited For Over Limit Of Ducks

Release Date: 11/02/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a St. Charles Parish resident on Oct 27 for alleged migratory bird violations as a result of recent postings on his Facebook page.

Brandon Lowry, 19, of Norco, was cited for taking over the daily limit and two-day possession limit of teal.  Agents were informed of a photo taken during open teal season on Lowry’s Facebook profile showcasing 64 blue-winged teal ducks and 12 hunters.  Teal season ran from Sept. 10-25.

Agents then conducted an extensive investigation interviewing all 12 hunters and uncovering additional Facebook postings, which led them to believe that Lowry had shot over his daily and possession limits. 

After further questioning, Lowry admitted to investigators that he shot over the daily limit one day and shot his daily limit two other separate days.  The daily bag limit for teal during the special teal season is four teal per person per day with a two-day possession limit of eight.

The state penalties for migratory bird violations for having over the daily and possession limits are fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.

LDWF Agent Jared Taylor was the lead investigative agent.

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

LDWF Announces Oyster Season Closures in Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Seed Grounds

Release Date: 11/01/2011

November 1, 2011 – Today Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Barham signed an order to close oyster harvest season in the public seed grounds of Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity, effective this Friday, November 4, at one-half hour past sunset. 

Historically, Hackberry Bay, Lake Chien and Lake Felicity, all yield a smaller oyster crop.  Based on current harvest pressures and the estimated stock sizes, these areas can sustain only a few days of harvest, as a result these closures were made to protect the long-term sustainability of the resource. 

All other details, rules and regulations of the 2011/2012 oyster season as established by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission in September remain in effect until further notice.

Visit here for the latest on the 2011/2012 oyster season: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oyster-seasons

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

Permitting Details Announced for Deer Hunters on Kisatchie National Forest Dec. 17-25, 2011

Release Date: 11/01/2011

Nov. 1, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Kisatchie National Forest (KNF) today announced details for permitting that will be required for all deer hunters on KNF lands within the Catahoula, Winn and Kisatchie Ranger Districts and the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District from Dec. 17 through 25, 2011.

The no cost permit required during the “with or without dogs” portion of the hunting season is available on the LDWF website. To obtain a permit, go to www.wlf.la.gov and click on the link to the KNF Deer Hunting Permit.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) approved “with or without dogs” dates during a special meeting in August. The special season requiring the KNF Deer Hunting Permit will be bucks only. The permitting process will enable KNF and LDWF to gather information necessary for management of hunting opportunities on KNF lands.

Every deer hunter in Kisatchie National Forest, except on the Caney Ranger District and the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District, during these dates, regardless of age, is required to have this permit.

Deer hunters using dogs must register an identifying mark with LDWF. Each dog must wear a collar providing the owner’s name, address and phone number. To obtain a permit, the hunter must provide their name and address and the identifying mark used on dogs engaged in the hunt.

For more information on all other rules regarding hunting on the KNF, please visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/hunting/index.html.

For more information on how to obtain a KNF Deer Hunting Permit, call the LDWF Pineville Field Office at 318-487-5885 or the LDWF Wildlife Division Baton Rouge office at 225-765-2346.

Livingston Parish Resident Cited for Cruelty to Animals

Release Date: 11/01/2011

 

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited a Holden man for cruelty to animals in Livingston Parish on Oct. 28.

Kenneth W. Gordon, 41, was cited for hunting from a moving vehicle, illegal spotlighting from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road, cruelty to animals and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.

LDWF Agent Clarence Marques was investigating a night hunting complaint at 10 p.m. on Hwy. 1036 in Livingston Parish when he observed a spotlight coming from the passenger side of a pickup truck.  After stopping the vehicle, Marques noticed two freshly killed cats in the bed of the pickup truck.

Along with Gordon in the pickup truck were two juvenile teenage boys one 14 and the other 15 years old, a .22 caliber rifle and a spotlight.

Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost.  Illegal spotlighting from a public road carries up to a $175 fine, or up to 30 days in jail or both.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail. 

Cruelty to animals brings a fine up to $1000, or up to six months of imprisonment or both.  Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles carries up to a $500 fine, or up to six months of jail or both.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Seminars, Volunteer Opportunities, Contests & Announcements - *CORRECTION*

Please note the following event date was changed.

Volunteers Needed- Elmer's Island Habitat Restoration (NOVEMBER 12TH; 10 am-3pm)
Elmer's Island is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a refuge for migrating and nesting birds, wildlife, and planned habitat restoration. Habitat Restoration: sand fences to facilitate dune building and the planting of native vegetation to enhance shoreline protection, provide habitat for migratory and native birds, and for our native fish and wildlife. Dress for the weather and be prepared to be in direct sun and to get wet and muddy. Elmer’s Island is remote. There are no bathrooms. Pack a lunch or order food to pick up. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle and a smile. If you prefer to wear gloves please bring a pair. An introduction to coastal land loss and the role of grasses in restoration as well as all necessary equipment and training are provided.  Registration is required
Click Here to Register or e-mail wetlandplantcenter@gmail.com

 

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Seminars, Volunteer Opportunities, Contests & Announcements

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

UPCOMING EVENTS

Southeastern to Host Conference on Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research (October 27-29)
A three-day conference on research in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin will be held at Southeastern Louisiana University October 27-29. “Basics of the Basin 2011: Commemorating 10 Years of Research” will be co-hosted by the university with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Southeastern’s Pontchartrain Basin Research Program (PBRP), the UNO Pontchartrain Restoration Program (PRP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Keynote speaker at the conference will be U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.). Vitter will speak at the initial conference luncheon on Thursday in Southeastern’s Twelve Oaks Ballroom. Friday’s keynote will be presented by Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. In addition to the 42 oral presentations and 18 poster presentations taking place in technical sessions over the first two days on campus, other special guest lectures will be made by Virgina Burkette of the U.S. Geological Survey on climate change; Sam Hyde, director of the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies at Southeastern on the history of the Pontchartrain Basin; and David Burley, assistant professor of environmental sociology at Southeastern. The program is open to the public, and pre-registration is preferred. The full agenda and registration information can be found at www2.selu.edu/orgs/pbrp/Basics_Registration.html. Call 985-549-5008 for more information.

Darwin Day Roadshow - Deadline approaching (October 31st)
Bring Evolution To Your School/Community For Darwin Day 2012!
Interested in bringing cutting-edge evolutionary science to your school and community? Apply by MONDAY, OCT. 31st to be a stop on NESCent’s 2012 Darwin Day Roadshow. NESCent (The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center - www.nescent.org) is an NSF-funded evolution research center. To celebrate Charles Darwin’s contributions to science and society, we send our scientists on the road every year during “Darwin Day” (the annual, world-wide celebration of Darwin’s birthday on Feb. 12th) to talk to students, teachers and the general public about their research and career opportunities in science. Our focus is on small, rural communities (i.e., places that wouldn’t likely have a Darwin Day celebration if they weren’t a stop on our Roadshow). There is no cost to you, the teachers, and we’ll even leave you with a collection of evolution teaching resources. For more information, and to apply to have your school considered, please visit roadshow.nescent.org or contact Jory Weintraub (jory@nescent.org). 

 

SEMINARS

OneNOAA Science Seminars
Upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars is a joint voluntary effort by many NOAA offices to help share science across NOAA and our constituents. For questions, to join as a OneNOAA seminar partner, or to present a seminar, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA science seminar partner. OneNOAA science seminars take place at different NOAA locations across the US. All seminars are open to anyone unless otherwise indicated. Click on the seminar titles (links) to access details (location, time, remote access, etc) or visit http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/ for updated seminar information. 
October 2011 OneNOAA Science Seminars
Oct 27: Alternative Foraging Strategies and Social Dominance among Brown Bears at McNeil Falls, Alaska: Why do Some Bears Catch More Fish than Others?
Oct 28: Adaptive Management of the Great Barrier Reef: A Globally Significant Demonstration of the Benefits of Networks of Marine Reserves
November 2011 OneNOAA Science Seminars
Nov 01: Regional Distribution of Upper-Ocean Thermosteric Sea-Level and Sea-Level Changes: 1960 to 2009
Nov 02: Using the Web and Social Media as Communication Tools: An Integrated Approach
Nov 02: Mapping and Visualizing Sea level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts
Nov 03: Lessons for Fisheries Management from Laboratory Experiments
Nov 03: Atmospheric Photochemistry and Ozone Production: Results from SHARP 2009 in Houston, Texas
Nov 03: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture: Clouds and Climate Processes
Nov 10: Understanding Changes in Extreme Precipitation Projections in a High-Resolution Modeling Framework
Nov 10: New Directions in Fisheries Acoustics: Perspectives from New Zealand
Nov 10: New Business Models for Small-Scale Fishermen and Processors
Nov 16: Ionospheric Data Assimilation
Nov 17: Trends in Status of Global Marine Fisheries
Nov 17: A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change: Promoting Community-Based Adaptation Planning For Climate Change In Alaska
Nov 18: Thinking about Inference in Ecology: Replication, Metareplication, Induction and Deduction
Nov 29: The Goshen County, Wyoming, supercell (5 June 2009) intercepted by VORTEX2: Interesting Evolution Leading up to Tornadogenesis
Nov 30: In Situ Sensing in Supercells with the Tempest Unmanned Aircraft System
Nov 30: Micro and Nanotechnology-Enabled Environmental Sensing with Lagrangian Drifters
December 2011 OneNOAA Science Seminars
Dec 01: Abundance, Survival, and Life History of Salmonid Populations in Western Washington
Dec 01: Evaluation of Hub-Height Wind Speed Forecast from the ESRL/GSD High Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) Model and NCEP Hires West CONUS 4 km WRF Model
Dec 06: BIOMap Alaska: Citizen Science for Alaska's Oceans
Dec 07: Marshes on the Move: Understanding and Using Model Results that Show Future Sea Level Rise Impacts on Coastal Wetlands
Dec 08: NMFS's Role in Bycatch Reduction
Dec 14: A Sustainable Idea: Virginia Sea Grant's Seafood Education for the Culinary Community
Dec 15: An Ecologist's Perspective on the Progress of Ecosystem-Based Management by the Fishery Management Councils
January 2012 OneNOAA Science Seminars
Jan 17: Ocean Acidification Research at NOAA: What, Where and Why

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed- Elmer's Island Habitat Restoration (October 28 & 29, 10 am–3 pm)
Elmer's Island is a 230-acre tract of barrier beachfront located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish, managed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a refuge for migrating and nesting birds, wildlife, and planned habitat restoration. Habitat Restoration: sand fences to facilitate dune building and the planting of native vegetation to enhance shoreline protection, provide habitat for migratory and native birds, and for our native fish and wildlife. Dress for the weather and be prepared to be in direct sun and to get wet and muddy. Elmer’s Island is remote. There are no bathrooms. Pack a lunch or order food to pick up. Bring sunscreen, a water bottle and a smile. If you prefer to wear gloves please bring a pair. An introduction to coastal land loss and the role of grasses in restoration as well as all necessary equipment and training are provided.
Click Here to Register or e-mail wetlandplantcenter@gmail.com

Volunteers Needed- Cypress Marsh Restoration Project (November 2 & 3)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested canoe paddlers to volunteer for a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA. This project will promote a healthy cypress forest on land that has been accumulating from sediment outflow from the Caernarvon Diversion. They are looking for volunteers to unload and transport trees, by boat, a short distance up a canal to unload at the planting site on Wednesday November 2nd and Thursday November 3rd on Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Canal (near Poydras, LA). All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers can bring their own canoes, but extra canoes are available. Volunteers must be over 18 years old. All volunteers must register with the Coalition to attend the event! To register, please contact CBRPintern@crcl.org.

 

CONTEST

New Prizes, Funding and Technical Support for Disney’s Planet Challenge
Registration is now open for grades 3-8 classrooms to participate in Disney’s Planet Challenge™ (DPC)—a FREE, highly-acclaimed, project-based, environmental competition for elementary and middle school students all across the United States. New features have been added to enhance the program this year:
• Classrooms are now eligible to receive full funding up to $500.00 in materials for your project through DPC’s collaboration with Donor’s Choose.
• Classrooms have the opportunity to be paired with really cool scientists and engineers from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) who will offer guidance and mentorship and provide access to science and business resources for your projects.
• Elementary AND middle school grand prize winners will come together to celebrate at Walt Disney World and be recognized for their work in April 2012.
• EVERY participant receives recognition and a prize at the end of the year.
Disney’s Planet Challenge inspires students to be good stewards of the environment and empowers them to make a difference in their school, at home and in their local communities while teaching them about science, conservation and positive ways to impact the planet. Teachers are given the resources to create a standards-based curriculum that engages students in researching, managing and solving a real world environmental issue with their teachers. To learn about the Donor’s Choose funding program and to register, visit http://disney.go.com/planetchallenge/. If you have any questions, email DisneyPlanetChallenge@gmail.com or call (877) 235-1399.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fiscal Year 2012 Conservation and Restoration Partnership Fund Award Announcement (October 19)
This year the Conservation and Restoration Partnership Fund has dedicated $1 million to provide matching funds for projects aimed at coastal conservation and restoration. The State will use this funding to further leverage its funds to achieve its coastal restoration goals. The program was announced at the August 17th CPRA meeting and proposals were accepted from 8/17/2011 through 9/16/2011. Proposals were evaluated based on: Consistency with the State Master Plan, Estimated acreage conserved/restored, Synergism with other projects, Constructability, Matching funds
We are excited to announce that we were able to help fund three excellent projects:
Project -- Sponsor -- Award -- Match
LaBranche Wetlands Hydrologic Restoration -- Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana -- $350,000 -- $330,000
Reforesting 50 acres with Superior Baldcypress -- Restore The Earth Foundation -- $100,000 -- $540,000
St. Louis Canal Freshwater Introduction Project -- Ducks Unlimited -- $550,000 -- $800,000
                     TOTAL -- $1,000,000 -- $1,670,000

CWPPRA Restoration Community Accepts Prestigious Award
The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) awarded the 2011 Coastal Project Award to the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force. The award recognized the CWPPRA Task Force and staff for their commitment to the protection of fragile wetland habitats. For additional information about ASBPA contact Harry Simmons at president@asbpa.org or 910-200-7867 or visit the web at http://www.asbpa.org/conferences/conf_fall_11.htm


Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close October 19

Release Date: 10/19/2011

October 18, 2011 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will close the 2011 Greater Amberjack commercial season today, October 19 at 11:59 p.m. in all Louisiana waters.  The season will remain closed until January 1, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.

The 2011 season was previously reopened on September 1, based on projections that the 2011 quota had not been met. 

Greater amberjack are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean.  Greater amberjack usually live in nearshore waters out to 300 feet deep.  This species is found throughout the Gulf of Mexico, and are often found near offshore platforms, wrecks and artificial reefs.  Greater amberjack can reach sizes of 3 feet in length and weights of 170 pounds. 

Louisiana commercial landings of greater amberjack average 100,000 pounds annually.

For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Deslatte at 225.610.2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov

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