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L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Six Louisianans for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 03/18/2011

March 18, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited six Louisiana individuals for alleged oyster violations on March 17 in Cameron Parish.

Agents cited Jerell Dwayne Christopher, 52, of Abbeville; Carroll Henderson Laws, 71, of Abbeville; Matthew Gaskins, Jr., 54, of Lake Charles; Waverly Evans Levere, 53, of Abbeville; Hubern Ray Doxey, Jr., 18, of Cameron; and Angela Kay Trahan, 21, of Creole; for unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms in Calcasieu Lake.

Christopher was also cited for failing to display proper numbers on his oyster vessel. Doxey was also cited for taking undersized oysters from a natural reef.

Due to complaints received at the Lake Charles office and regular patrols concerning oystering in closed areas of Calcasieu Lake, LDWF Enforcement dispatched a plane to patrol the area by air. Special concern was given to a cultch planting on a reef on the south end of the lake, which is a closed area for oystering.

From the plane, agents observed three oyster boats working in the area of the closed reef. LDWF agents then met the boats at the oyster docks while the plane was able to keep constant contact with the vessels.

Agents seized 22 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water. They also seized the three vessels and dredges.

Unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms carries a fine between $400 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. Failing to display proper numbers on an oyster vessel brings a $50 fine or jail time up to 15 days. Taking undersized oysters from a natural reef carries a $100 to $350 fine, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Remy Broussard, Sgt. David Sanford, Senior Agents Beau Robertson, Carl Pickett and Jason Stagg and LDWF pilot Brian Dorsa.

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

L.D.W.F. To Take Part in New Anti-Littering Campaign

Release Date: 03/17/2011

L.D.W.F. To Take Part in New Anti-Littering Campaign

Photos and B-Roll footage of littering sites in Louisiana are available by contacting Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

March 17, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in conjunction with Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) today, March 17, announced a new anti-littering slogan for the upcoming heightened enforcement for littering weekend this Friday through Sunday, March 18-20.

The new slogan of "Pick It Up or Pay It Out" will be used extensively this weekend to raise awareness of the consequences of littering in Louisiana. Pick It Up or Pay It Out is a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies in Louisiana including the LDWF Enforcement Division, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana's Sheriff's Association and other law enforcement agencies to implement zero tolerance litter policies in their jurisdictions with increased patrols this weekend. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles has also joined KLB in this new anti-littering campaign.

"Every time someone drops a piece of paper on the ground, throws a cigarette butt out the window, or dumps trash on abandoned land, they are trashing Louisiana for all of us," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. "We all think that a little bit of trash here and there isn’t a big deal, but it adds up. We are blessed to live in a state with some of the world’s most phenomenal natural and wildlife resources. Protecting Sportsman's Paradise is essential to ensuring that future generations may continue to enjoy the great outdoors throughout our state. We all have the chance to do our part."

In addition to citations and fines, Pick It Up or Pay It Out also wants to educate Louisianans of the indirect economic costs of littering including real estate devaluation, loss of new industry and business and loss of tourism and ecotourism, especially in "Sportsman's Paradise."

"As I travel the state I continue to see trash along our Interstates, state highways and local roads. We are attempting to market Louisiana as an adventure travel destination, and we must become more aggressive in our efforts to combat this problem," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. "We are a state of great natural beauty that should not be marred by carelessness and disregard."

According to Keep Louisiana Beautiful, cleanup crews picked up an estimated 450,000 bags of trash in the state in 2004.

KLB Director Leigh Harris states that, "Litter costs Louisiana taxpayers well over $40 million annually. With the help of Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Sheriff's Association and the Lieutenant Governor's Office, we hope Louisiana citizens become even more aware of the legal consequences associated with littering."

Littering in Louisiana can result in fines from $50 to $5,000. Those who litter can also expect to serve between four and 10 hours of community service, suspension of their driver's license for one year and even the possibility of jail time for up to 30 days. LDWF Enforcement Division agents issued 1,001 littering citations for fiscal year 2009-10 and logged 7,958 patrol hours for littering enforcement.

LDWF also took over the state's 1-888-LITRBUG (1-888-548-7284) hotline last June. Citizens can call the hotline to report people that litter and littering sites to the department for further investigation. Since June 1, the Enforcement Division has received 731 calls.

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.

About Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Keep Louisiana Beautiful is a volunteer-based service organization dedicated to a healthy and litter-free Louisiana. Through a network of affiliate communities statewide, KLB promotes its mission to educate Louisianans on the ecological and economic effects of littering. For more information, visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org. Find us on Facebook “Keep Louisiana Beautiful” and follow us on Twitter @keeplabeautiful.

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

L.D.W.F - New Anti-Littering Slogan Announcement

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

New Anti-Littering Slogan Announcement

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in partnership with Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) will be announcing a new anti-littering slogan, “Pick It Up or Pay It Out,” in support of Louisiana’s zero tolerance for litter campaign. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state will heighten their enforcement for littering from Friday through Sunday, March 18 - 20.

KLB will join forces with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Sheriff's Association, Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and LDWF to raise awareness of the consequences of littering and illegal dumping. Representatives from each agency will address the media about the litter problems facing Louisiana.

DATE: March 17, 2011

TIME: 1 p.m.

WHERE: Louisiana State Capitol Steps

WHY: To announce “Pick It Up or Pay It Out,” Louisiana’s zero tolerance for litter campaign.

SPEAKERS: Leigh Harris, executive director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful; Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne; Secretary Robert Barham, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Colonel Michael Edmonson, Louisiana State Police; Hal Turner, executive director of the Louisiana Sheriff's Association; Commissioner Nick Gautreaux, Office of Motor Vehicles.

B-Roll footage of littering in Louisiana can be downloaded from LDWF's FTP site at ftp://ftp.wlf.louisiana.gov/Litter_B-Roll/. Please credit footage as Courtesy of LDWF.

For more information or to confirm your attendance, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465.
 

Information, Workshops, Events and Awards

INFORMATION

In light of the recent events in Japan, we would like to share some websites that provide basic information on nuclear energy and reactors. We hope you find these to be helpful in the classroom.
U.S. Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids – http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=nuclear_home-basics
Scientific American – http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nuclear-energy-primer
Video from The Advocate, Baton Rouge – http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/specials/interactives/_international/nuclear-explainer-video/index.html?SITE=LABAT&SECTION=MULTIMEDIA

Mathematical Model Could Help Predict and Prevent Future Extinctions
In an effort to better understand the dynamics of complex networks, scientists have developed a mathematical model to describe interactions within ecological food webs. This research, performed by Northwestern University physics professor Adilson Motter and his student, Sagar Sahasrabudhe, is published in the January 25 issue of Nature Communications. The work illustrates how human intervention may effectively aid species conservation efforts. Read article at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=118384&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

New 6 Minute Video on CWPPRA’s Marsh Creation
CWPPRA recently completed a new video short to share its hard work in Louisiana’s coastal restoration activities. The new video titled “Marsh Creation – Step-by-Step” can be found on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkwYSHJWyTE and also the CWPRPA web site www.LACoast.gov. The video highlights the East Marsh Island Marsh Creation project (TV-21) while sharing basic information about using sediment in re-establishing and re-creating healthy wetland ecosystems. Through the use of sediments and hydrology, new marsh is being created where standing water once was. CWPPRA project managers and scientists explain and demonstrate the process of the rebirth of this once lost marsh.

National Science Foundation - Climate Change Communications with Lesson Plans
A climate change communications project is being funded and carried out by NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, in partnership with NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News. (Not associated with an NSF grant.) The project, "Changing Planet," includes 13 videos with associated lesson plans, being posted online over 13 weeks.
Videos: Changing Planet http://www.nbclearn.com/changingplanet
Lesson Plans: Windows to the Universe http://www.windows2universe.org/earth/changing_planet/changing_planet.html
We are also holding three town halls with NBC TV personalities at US universities: Yale in January with Tom Brokaw, George Washington University in April, and an Arizona university in August. These panel discussions, at which the high school and college students making up the live audience can ask questions, focus on various aspects of climate change and are taped for later airing on TV. The Yale event focused on the impacts of climate change on lives; GWU will focus on clean energy; and Arizona on water resources.


WORKSHOPS

Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration Curriculum Part II – Saturday, April 2, 8:00 am–3:30 pm (Registration Deadline: March 18)
Join educators during this follow-up session to the introductory professional development workshop on Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration, a curriculum developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER). Conduct inquiry- and standards-based activities tied directly to ocean expeditions with facilitator, Dr. Beth Day-Miller. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with ocean explorer, Dr. Peter Etnoyer. Dr. Etnoyer will discuss the importance of seamounts and share submersible video highlights of deep-sea coral communities in the Gulf of Alaska from NOAA OER funded cruises in 2002 and 2004. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Each participant will receive unique take-home materials, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, a continental breakfast, and lunch. A $100 stipend will be available for those who participate in both the Introductory and Followup full-day workshops. If spaces are available, educators who have not yet participated in a NOAA Ocean Exploration Introductory Workshop are still welcome to join us for this Follow-up Workshop. To register: Contact Tricia LeBlanc at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, (504) 378-2675 or tleblanc@AudubonInstitute.org.

Gulf Lappniappe Adult Education Workshop Series - Louisiana Fisheries II
LUMCON’s Gulf Lagniappe adult education workshop Louisiana Fisheries II with Dr. Ed Chesney is being held on April 2, 2011 from 9am-3:30pm at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA. This workshop will focus on Louisiana fisheries and related topics. Attendance of the first session is not required for the participation in the second session. Participants must be 18 years or older. The cost is $10/person. Activities include a presentation by Dr. Chesney, lab activities on fish anatomy, a cruise aboard the R/V Acadiana, and a tour of the marine center. Lunch will be provided for those that pre-register. For more information or to register please contact either Murt Conover at (985) 851-2860 / mconover@lumcon.edu or Holly Hebert at (985) 851-2842 / hhebert@lumcon.edu. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and Dauphin Island Sea Lab.


EVENTS

Volunteers Needed – Cypress Planting in Southern Louisiana
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration, and RPM Ecosystems Gulf Coast LLC, Restore the Earth Foundation invite you to come volunteer to plant cypress trees in New Iberia. The objective of this volunteer project is to increase habitat quality and promote a healthy cypress forest at wetland sites in southern Louisiana. The restored cypress forest will provide critical habit for wildlife and provide storm protection to adjacent marsh and communities.
Cypress Planting – Spanish Lake Game and Fish Preserve (1 day event)
When: Thursday March 17th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Spanish Lake Game and Fish Preserve, 117 Spanish Lake Rd. New Iberia, LA 70560
All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, dibbles, etc.), refreshments and lunch will be provided. This is a strenuous activity so physical fitness is required. Volunteers must be over 15 years old. Please feel free to volunteer for one, two or three days. Additional information, including detailed directions and what to bring, will be provided to volunteers prior to the event.
Register online at www.crcl.org or by calling (888) LACOAST

Volunteers Needed – Planting Marsh Grasses to Restore Wetlands
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the America’s WETLAND Foundation are looking for volunteers to help plant 5,000 plugs of marsh grass at the Black Lake Marsh/Marcantel Property wetland restoration site in Hackberry, LA. The Black Lake Marsh site has been suffering land loss due to saltwater intrusion, wave erosion and hurricane damage from the storms of the last five years. The objective of this volunteer project would be to plant marsh grass along a newly constructed levee to help prevent further erosion and to stabilize the soil. Volunteer efforts will produce new habitats that will support a variety of aquatic wildlife and migratory birds.
When: Monday March 21, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Volunteers will meet at St. Peter Church located on the corner of Highway 27 and West Main Drive in Hackberry, Louisiana. From there we will caravan approximately 5 miles to the planting site.
Volunteers will be planting grasses along a newly constructed levee in Black Lake. Volunteers will be able to walk along the levee to plant or will be transported down the levee by boat. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, dibbles, etc.), sunscreen and bug spray will be provided. Drinks and lunch will be provided to all volunteers.
Additional information will be sent out to registered volunteers a few days before the event. Register online at https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/316/mtglist.asp?formid=event

The National Environmental Justice Advisory Council National – Public Teleconference Meeting
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Eastern Time

The primary topic of discussion will be EPA’s charge to the NEJAC on ensuring long-term engagement of communities in Gulf Coast eco-system restoration efforts. There will be a public comment period from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Comments requested should respond to how best to:
1. Engage minority, low-income, and tribal/indigenous communities for input into decisions about Gulf Coast restoration plans, particularly for the impacts of such plans on permitting and how best to facilitate the participation of immigrant populations and communities with potential language barriers.
2. Consider indigenous, cultural, and historical concerns during restoration and recovery
3. Identify any regulatory and policy hurdles that impede, complicate, or discourage sustained community engagement in decisions about restoration and recovery.
To Register By E-mail: Send an e-mail to March2011NEJACMeeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com with “Register for the NEJAC-March Teleconference” in the subject line. Please provide your name, organization, city and state, e-mail address, and telephone number for future follow-up.
To Register By Phone or Fax: Send a fax (please print) or leave a voice message, with your name, organization, city and state, e-mail address, and telephone number to 877-773-1489. Please specify which meeting you are registering to attend (e.g., NEJAC-March Teleconference).
Please also state whether you would like to be put on the list to provide public comment, and whether you are submitting written comments before the Wednesday, March 23 deadline. Non-English speaking attendees wishing to arrange for a foreign language interpreter may also make appropriate arrangements using the email address or telephone/fax number.
Members of the public who wish to attend or to provide public comment must pre-register by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Individuals or groups making remarks during the public comment period will be limited to five minutes. To accommodate the large number of people who want to address the NEJAC, only one representative of a community, organization, or group will be allowed to speak. The suggested format for written public comments is as follows: A brief description of the concern and what you want the NEJAC to advise EPA to do; Name of Speaker; Name of Organization/Community; City and State; and E-mail address.
Written comments received by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, will be included in the materials distributed to the members of the NEJAC prior to the teleconference meeting. Written comments received after that time will be provided to the NEJAC as time allows.
All written comments should be sent to EPA’s support contractor, APEX Direct, Inc., via e-mail at March2011NEJACMeeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com or fax at 877-773-1489.
For information about access or services for individuals with disabilities, please contact Ms. Estela Rosas, APEX Direct, Inc., at 877-773-1489 or via e-mail at March2011NEJACMeeting@AlwaysPursuingExcellence.com.

Louisiana Earth Day is Sunday, April 17th from noon to 8:00 PM
Join in on the 22nd Earth Day Celebration. This year’s theme is “This Land is Our Land”. For more information, contact Dianne Lindstedt at dlindst@lsu.edu or 225-578-1558.

Eco-Art Kayak Adventures (Weekdays in April 2011)
A Once in a Lifetime Environmental Field Experience for Students in Galveston Bay
Don’t miss this great opportunity in April for public and private schools, universities, and educational groups to experience hands-on education kayaking and exploring Galveston Bay with Artist Boat at an extremely affordable price. The Adventures are life changing. Cost is $450 (transportation not included) for up to 25 participants. Your day will include a 4 hour Eco-Art adventure. Activities will include water color painting, paddling lessons, birding, and other sightseeing while observing local ecology!
Call us today to see how much fun you can have learning!! www.artistboat.org

Louisiana’s 9th Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contests (Deadline: April 21)
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, along with contest sponsor Alcoa Foundation, announces the 9th Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contests. This year’s theme is “Louisiana Outdoors: A Beautiful Experience!” Louisiana students may enter their original work in the art and/or the language arts area of the contest. 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. All entries must be postmarked by April 21, 2011.
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
Prizes awarded to contest winners: 1st place in each category – $200, 2nd place in each category – $100, 3rd place in each category – $75
An official entry form and release must accompany each entry. Entries that do not comply with contest rules will be disqualified. The reproducible registration form can be downloaded from our website and MUST accompany the entry and MUST be signed by the contestant and parent or guardian. For more information, full contest guidelines, and contest entry form, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-awareness-art-language-arts-contest or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov.

Announcing International Marine Debris Art Contest (Deadline: May 15, 2011)
http://www.jason.org/contest/art/marine_debris.aspx
Calling all artists! Kids in grades K-12 are invited to participate in an international art contest sponsored by Immersion Learning, The JASON Project, the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The theme of the contest is “Marine Debris.” Marine debris is any human-made waste that has ended up in a lake, sea, ocean, or other waterway either by accident or on purpose. Examples include plastic bags, glass bottles, old fishing equipment, and abandoned boats. Contest submissions should focus on the types, sources, and/or impacts of marine debris on the environment. To learn more about marine debris, visit www.marinedebris.noaa.gov. All entries must be uploaded by May 15, 2011.

LOWA 2011 Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest Begins (Deadline: June 3)
The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association announced the start of its 2011 Youth Journalism Contest. Open to all youth 18 and under, the contest is designed to stimulate an interest in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and most outdoor activities--and the ability to communicate this interest to the public. This highly popular contest attracts entrants from all over Louisiana and neighboring states, and is lauded by educators statewide as an effective youth literacy project. The contest has three categories consisting of Senior Essay (14-18 YOA), Junior Essay (13 YOA and under), and Photography (18 YOA and under). Awards are given in 1st through 4th place in each category, and the winning students will be recognized by the LOWA at the annual conference banquet to be held in August. For more information on contest rules and submissions, interested persons can go to the LOWA website at www.laoutdoorwriters.com or they may email Gordon Hutchinson, contest chairman, at ghutchinson@theadvocate.com

 

AWARDS

EPA Gulf Guardian Award (Deadline: March 31, 2011)
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program partnership developed the Gulf Guardian awards as a way to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and organizations that are taking extraordinary steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. For the year 2011, the Gulf of Mexico Program partnership will be awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for seven (7) categories: Business & Industry, Environmental Justice/Cultural Diversity, Civic/NonProfit
Organizations, Partnerships, Youth Environmental Education, Individual, and BiNational partnership efforts. To complete a nomination application for 2011, go to the Gulf of Mexico Program’s web site at http://www.epa.gov/gmpo, and then click on the Gulf Guardian Application button. Applications are available in both English and Spanish. Email your nomination to gulf.guardian@epa.gov by March 31, 2011.

Grants and Fellowships

Community-based Restoration Matching Grants Program (Deadline: April 1)
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are pleased to request proposals for their restoration matching grants program. This program is part of a national cooperative agreement between TNC‟s Global Marine Team and the Community-based Restoration Program of the NOAA Restoration Center. The objectives of TNC and NOAA‟s Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) are to bring together interested groups, public, private, tribal and non-profit organizations to implement habitat restoration projects to benefit NOAA trust resources (anadromous, estuarine, and marine species and their habitats). This innovative program recognizes the significant role that partnerships can play in making habitat restoration happen within communities, and acknowledges that habitat restoration is often best implemented through technical and monetary support provided at a community level. For more information visit: http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/restoration/programs/crp.html and http://www.nature.org/initiatives/marine/strategies/community.html

Sea Grant, DMF Sponsor Marine Fisheries Management Fellowship (Deadline: April 20)
North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications until April 20, 2011 for a fellowship opportunity for students nearing completion of an advanced degree program in natural resources or marine sciences. The one-year N.C. Marine Fisheries Management Fellowship is open to graduate or post-graduate students at southeastern universities and colleges from Maryland to Texas. The selected fellow will be placed with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and North Carolina State University's Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, beginning summer 2011. Both facilities are in Morehead City, centrally located on North Carolina's "Crystal Coast," overlooking Bogue Sound. The fellow will address research questions associated with anadromous fishes in Albemarle Sound. Recommendations from the fellow's research will help the DMF assess and manage North Carolina's marine fisheries. "Our future success in resolving complex issues in marine fisheries will depend on training and preparing the best and brightest students for that task," says Michael Voiland, North Carolina Sea Grant executive director. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m., April 20, 2011. Details: http://www.ncseagrant.org/home/about-ncsg/news-events?task=showArticle&id=912&category=news&limitstart.

2011-12 Learn and Serve America Online Grant Application (Letter of Intent due March 22, Application due April 15, 2011)
The Louisiana Serve Commission in the Office of Lieutenant Governor has released the 2011-12 Learn and Serve America grant application. This grant provides funding for service-learning programs to be implemented in K-12 public schools. Funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS); all grant awards are contingent upon receipt of CNCS funds. This is a cost reimbursement federal grant that requires a dollar-for-dollar match which can be generated through cash or in-kind contributions of services, goods, or materials. Eligible applicants are K-12 public school teachers, schools, or school districts, nonprofit organizations that have been in existence for over one year, have experience in working with at-risk youth, and can provide projects for the student participants. The nonprofit will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with their identified public schools and work closely with the public school teacher(s) to ensure state standards, benchmarks, and GLEs are met. The Learn and Serve grant application guidelines and application can be found at www.crt.state.la.us/laserve/las. The Commission requests that potential applicants submit a Letter of Intent to Apply to Denise Dowell, Learn and Serve program officer, via e-mail (ddowell@crt.la.gov) by 4:00 pm on March 22, 2011. The Commission will require potential applicants to participate in one of the technical assistance webinars to be conducted on March 29 and 30. Webinar details will be forwarded to those submitting a Letter of Intent to Apply. All other interested applicants must contact Denise Dowell for details. The grant application must be submitted electronically to the Louisiana Serve Commission for receipt by 4:00 pm on April 15, 2011.
Individual Programs
Individual Programs (Teacher or School): Programs in years 1-3 years of funding from Learn and Serve qualify for up to $5,000.
Continuing Programs: Learn and Serve funded programs in years 4-6 qualify for up to $7,000.
Leadership Programs: Learn and Serve funded programs in existence for 7+ years that have reached and maintained expected program outcomes and demonstrated excellence in program design, evaluation, and partnership development qualify for up to $12,000.
District Programs
A public school district submitting a grant application identifying two or more schools where service-learning programs will be implemented will be considered for a district grant. A district program is eligible for up to $50,000 in funding.
Non-profit/K-12 Public School Partnership
The public or private nonprofit entity is the eligible applicant when they have been in existence for at least one year, have demonstrated expertise in working with at-risk youth, and can make projects available for student participants in the service-learning program. This applicant is eligible for up to $25,000.

FishAmerica Foundation - NOAA CRP FY11 RFP available (Deadline: May 16)
FishAmerica Foundation and the NOAA Restoration Center announces the release of the FY11 RFP for Community-based Restoration Program to fund local efforts to accomplish meaningful on-the-ground restoration of marine, estuarine and riparian habitats, including salt marshes, seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and freshwater habitats important to anadromous fish species (fish that migrate to and from the sea). Emphasis is on using a hands-on, grassroots approach to restore fisheries habitat across coastal America, the Great Lakes region, and the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Up to $1milllion is available nationwide under this solicitation for projects ranging from $10-75K for projects. Proposals are Due May 16th. Details are available on http://www.fishamerica.org/grants/

$30,000 NSF CAREER-sponsored fellowship (Deadline: May 28)
The Master of Natural Sciences degree (MNS), administered through the Graduate School in conjunction with the College of Science. The degree program allows crossover into allied fields. For instance, a teacher seeking an advanced degree can tailor course work to obtain secondary certification in more than one area, or an employee of a public agency can broadly enhance his or her knowledge and skills. This program can be completed in three summers, but classes can be taken in the evening during the year as well. This specific three-year fellowship ($10,000 per year) will support three teachers between 2011 and 2016. The project is funded by grant #NSF-ANT-1048343 ("CAREER: Deciphering Antarctic Climate Variability during the Temperate/Polar Transition and Improving Climate Change Literacy in Louisiana through a Companion Outreach Program) awarded to Dr. Sophie Warny at LSU. LSU agrees to waive the tuition fee for the three teachers who will be selected for this program. Each teacher selected for this project will write a master’s thesis that will focus on mapping data about fossils of plants and pollen from Antarctica. While doing their thesis, the teacher will learn about topics such as plant evolution through time, paleontology, climate change, Antarctica, GIS mapping, and geological time scale. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in geology or biology, or significant coursework in one of these areas. They need to be currently certified and teaching biology in a Louisiana school. They need to sign a contract stipulating that they will continue to teach biology or geology in a school for three years following completion of the degree. For more information, contact Dr. Sophie Warny at swarny@lsu.edu or visit http://science.lsu.edu/MasterNatProgram.htm

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Education (Deadline: May 2, 2011)
Environmental Education Regional Grants -- Solicitation Notice for 2011
RFP NUMBER: EPA-EE-11-02
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA): 66.951
The purpose of the Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically via grants.gov by May 2, 2011, 11:59pm in order to be considered for funding. See Section IV(D) for more details about the deadline. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $1,943,000 nationwide (approximately $194,300 per Region). EPA expects to award a minimum of 2 grants per Region for an expected minimum of 20 grants nationwide; the minimum award amount is $15,000 and the maximum is $100,000, subject to the availability of funds, the quality and quantity of applications received, and other applicable considerations. Applicants must demonstrate how they will provide non-federal matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the project. Applications should plan for projects to start no earlier than September 1, 2011. To begin the proposal process under this grant announcement, go to http://www.grants.gov and click on the “Apply for Grants” tab on the left side of the page. Then click on “Apply Step 1: Download a Grant Application Package” to download the compatible Adobe viewer and obtain the application package.

Environmental Impact and Mitigation of Oil Spills (Deadline: June 22)
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2011-STAR-F1
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 66.509
Eligibility Contact: James Gentry (gentry.james@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8093
Electronic Submissions: Ron Josephson (josephson.ron@epa.gov); phone: 703-308-0442
Technical Contact: Mitch Lasat (lasat.mitch@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8099
As part of the federal government’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a $2 million Congressional appropriation for a grant or grants for “a study on the potential human and environmental risks and impacts of the release of crude oil and the application of dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures listed in the National Contingency Plan Product List (40 C.F.R. Part 300 Subpart J).” To implement this appropriation through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program, EPA is seeking applications proposing to develop a research program, including an effective community outreach program component, to mitigate the impact of oil spills. The research program must address one or more of the following topics: (1) development of cost-effective innovative technologies to mitigate the impact of oil spills; (2) development of effective oil dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures (“dispersants/agents/measures”) with low environmental impact; and (3) investigation of the effects of oil spills and application of dispersants/agents/measures on the environment. Applicants must also submit a community outreach program plan, the objective of which is to help impacted Gulf Coast communities effectively participate in the study and use its results. To achieve this objective, the applicant should work collaboratively with affected communities to identify significant risks posed by oil spills to human health and the environment, obtain their input in the design of a study to help the communities address these challenges, and provide technical assistance to them so that they can use the results of the study. For more details, visit: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_oilspill.html

Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council Scheduled to Meet March 15, 2011

Release Date: 03/10/2011

The Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council will meet Tuesday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting in the Louisiana Room is as follows:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of December 7, 2010
  3. Welcome and Opening Comments Chairman
  4. Wildlife Division Report: Proposed Hunting Seasons, Regulations Changes
  5. Enforcement Division Report
  6. Office of Fisheries: Rigs to Reefs Program
  7. Office of Management and Finance: Conservation Fund Update
  8. Coastal and Nongame Resources Division: NRDA – Natural Resource Damage Assessment
  9. Sector Separation Discussion Chairman
  10. Set Next Meeting Date
  11. Receive Public Comments
  12. Adjournment

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

LDWF Reminds Turkey Hunters that Tags and Harvest Reporting are Required for the 2011 Season

Release Date: 03/10/2011

March 10, 2011- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters that tags must be in possession by all turkey hunters regardless of age during the upcoming 2011 turkey season that opens March 19. Turkey hunters are also reminded that harvested turkeys must be tagged prior to being moved from the site of harvest. Also of extreme importance for the proper management of the species, each tagged turkey must be reported by phone (1-866-484-4805) or internet (www.la.wildlifelicense.com).

If you haven’t hunted since last year’s turkey season, remember these details:

When in the field, and immediately upon harvesting a turkey, the hunter must:

  • Tag the turkey with the appropriate Carcass Tag from the license before it is moved and document the kill on the Harvest Report Card portion of the turkey tag.
  • Record the date of kill and the parish of kill on the Carcass Tag.

When transporting the harvested turkey:

  • The tag must remain attached to the turkey while kept at camp, or while it is transported to the domicile of the hunter.
  • If a successful hunter wishes to divide their game with other hunters, a possession tag must be used.
  • Possession Tags are printed in the of the 2010-11 Louisiana Hunting Regulations booklet, or can be downloaded via the LDWF Web site, and document the identification of the hunter who harvested the turkey. Correctly completed Possession Tags identify the hunter responsible for the carcass and allow anyone to transport the meat legally.

Within 72 hours of the harvest of each turkey, the hunter must:

  • Validate the kill by toll-free phone at 866-484-4805 or via the Internet at https://www.la.wildlifelicense.com .
  • Record the confirmation number obtained by phone or Internet on the Harvest Report Card.

Additionally: Hunters are advised not to remove the Carcass Tags from the Turkey Harvest Report Card until a turkey is harvested. Single tags are automatically voided if detached from the license prematurely, not placed on a harvested turkey, and then lost by a hunter. Duplicate tags will be available to replace lost tags at a charge to the hunter. Hunters must record validated turkey on the duplicate turkey tag.

Anyone purchasing a license by phone or the Internet will be given both an authorization number and a LDWF identification number that will serve as their temporary license until the actual license arrives by mail. Hunters must tag turkeys using any piece of paper with legibly written authorization number and LDWF identification number, along with the hunters name, address, date and parish where the turkey was taken. This will serve in lieu of the absent carcass tag. Hunters will maintain documentation of any harvested turkey and will validate any harvested turkey as required by law when the hunter’s actual license is received. The hunter will validate the license information from any harvested turkey and will discard the license tags for those validated turkey. NOTE: Hunting license purchases by phone or the Internet will include a handling fee, as will turkey tag requests by Lifetime license holders, Resident Seniors and hunters under age 16.

A complete listing of all rules pertaining to turkey season and tagging is provided in the 2011 Louisiana Turkey Regulations pamphlet which can be downloaded at http://www.wlf.state.la.us/publication/turkey-regulations-2011. To view an instructional video on turkey tagging, click on the link provided on the LDWF Web site home page at www.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 www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or jstafford@wlf.la.gov .

L.D.W.F. Agents Find Body of Missing Man in Vermilion River

Release Date: 03/10/2011

March 10, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents found the body of a missing man in the Vermilion River in Lafayette at 10:15 a.m. on March 10.

Senior Agent Nick Guillory, Agent Jake Darden and Agent Justin Lowry were on patrol when they located the deceased body of Mitch Jackson, 39, of Rayne, in the Vermilion River behind 200 Farmington Road in Lafayette.

Jackson had been missing since Friday, March 4 after he was involved in a five-car accident on Ambassador Caffery Parkway in Lafayette and left the scene. He then drove his vehicle to the local Home Depot and locked the vehicle with his cell phone and medications for high blood pressure inside.

He was last seen on surveillance video entering and leaving a few stores on Ambassador Caffery Parkway before disappearing.

After locating the body, LDWF agents contacted the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office (LPSO) and Lafayette Police Department (LPD), who then arrived on scene to recover the body and conduct an investigation. Jackson's body is now at the Lafayette Coroner's Office.  An official cause of death is not available at this time.

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

Dewey Wills W.M.A. Road Closure

Release Date: 03/10/2011

March 10, 2011 - A portion of Muddy Bayou Road from Saline Bayou, eastward to Nolan Bayou Road, has been temporarily closed to automobile traffic on the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in LaSalle Parish, effective March 9. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) closed that section of road due to high water from recent rainfall.

The road will be reopened when water recedes and the roadway dries sufficiently to allow for vehicular traffic.

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

For more information on the road closure, contact Steve Smith at 318-487-5885 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.  

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