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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.  

L.D.W.F. Agents Rescue 32 People in Tangipahoa Parish

Release Date: 03/09/2011

March 9, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents rescued 32 people on March 8 in Tangipahoa Parish from flooding conditions due to severe rainfall.

LDWF agents responded to a call around 7 p.m. of a vehicle that got swept off of Lewiston Road east of Kentwood into Big Creek. Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Brody Roberts launched a shallow drive vessel into the creek and were able to pull a female and her young daughter from the rooftop of the vehicle. Agents reported there was only about 6 inches of the vehicle above the water when the rescue was made.

LDWF agents then received a call around 8 p.m. from the Kentwood Fire Department of two trailer parks that flooded in Tangipahoa. By 12:30 a.m. on March 9, Sgt. Miller, Senior Agent Roberts and Sgt. Darryl Galloway were able to rescue 30 people from the two trailer parks again using a shallow draft vessel. Agents reported the water was above the skirting of the trailers. Agents also rescued two dogs and two horses.

Agents brought the rescued people to Hwy. 51 where emergency personnel from Acadian Ambulance, Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office, Tangipahoa Police Department and the Kentwood Fire Department were on standby. Emergency personnel then transported the rescued people to a shelter in Kentwood. Between all of the emergency personnel that responded, over 100 people were rescued from trailer parks and roadways on the night of March 8.

"These three agents responded in a very quick and efficient manner, which is required for any search and rescue mission," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division. "Enforcement agents are well equipped and trained for search and rescue missions as they have the trucks and vessels to get to remote areas that flood and have numerous hours of swift water and first aid training."

LDWF agents will remain on standby statewide and also assist with local emergency responders as severe weather is expected to continue throughout the day.

The LDWF Enforcement Division is the primary agency for search and rescue in the state and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) designated lead for search and rescue operations. LDWF agents have several decades of experience in boating safety enforcement, maritime patrol enforcement and maritime search and rescue.

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

LDWF Public Meetings in March Provide Hunters Opportunity to Comment on Proposed 2011-13 Hunting Seasons, WMA Rules Changes, DMAP Re-organization, Waterfowl Season Options

Release Date: 03/01/2011

March 1, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host six public meetings around the state to present proposed 2011-13 hunting season dates, Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) general rules and regulation changes, changes in the Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) and waterfowl season options.

Public comment will be taken on all items under consideration by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission through May 5. The meeting dates and locations include:

  • March 9 at 6 p.m., Alexandria Convention Hall located at 915 Third St.
  • March 15 at 6:30 p.m., LDWF Office in Minden located at 9961 Hwy. 80.
  • March 15 at 6:30 p.m., Yambilee Festival Bldg., 1939 W. Landry, Opelousas
  • March 16 at 6 p.m., Ponchatoula High School Cafeteria, 19452 Hwy. 22.
  • March 17 at 6 p.m., Bastrop Visitor Center, 124 N. Washington St.
  • March 22 at 6:30 p.m., LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Hwy., Lake Charles.

To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting season, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items. Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from March through May or can be submitted directly to Randy Myers, Wildlife Division, LDWF, PO Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, until May 5.

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

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

Price Lake Road on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Remain Closed Until March 12

Release Date: 02/25/2011

Feb. 25, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising all visitors to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge that Price Lake Road, a primary access point for public outdoor recreation on the western end of the refuge, will be closed until March 12 due to work needed on the road bed.

This extension of the normal Dec. 1 through March 1 winter closure of Price Lake Road is necessary due to ongoing repairs on the degraded road. Repairs are being made to improve access and for the public’s safety.

All other canals and public access areas on the refuge affected by the winter closure will reopen as scheduled on March 1. Other areas available for public access include the East End Boat Launch/Joseph Harbor Canal and East End Locks Road, both located just over three miles east of the refuge headquarters building, as well as Rollover Landing which features a private boat ramp with launch fee along the refuge’s eastern boundary near Pecan Island. All public access at the refuge is open from official sunrise to sunset.

The first available date for public access on Price Lake Road will be at sunrise on Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Rockefeller Refuge includes 76,000 acres in coastal Cameron and Vermilion parishes and is managed by LDWF. Recreational shrimping, crabbing, fishing, and bird-watching are outdoor recreation options available on the refuge.

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

For more information on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, visit the LDWF website at www.wlf.la.gov or call 337-491-2593.

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