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Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 23

Release Date: 03/23/2016

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the sixth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 23 at nine different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.  To register please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register for one of the nine April 23 classes.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations:

Bossier City
Academy Sports & Outdoors - Bossier City
2801 Beene Blvd.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Bossier City

West Monroe
Academy Sports & Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) and Academy Sports & Outdoors of West Monroe

Alexandria
Academy Sports & Outdoors
3205 South MacArthur Dr.
Sponsor is Academy Sports & Outdoors of Alexandria

Opelousas
St. Landry Lumber
207 North Railroad Ave.
Sponsors include Wal-Mart of Eunice, Raising Canes and LWAA

Deridder
Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Training Center
412 Bolivar Bishop Dr.
Sponsor is the Beauregard Parish Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Raceland
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office Rifle Range
3451 Hwy. 182
Sponsors include the LWAA and Renovations Marine of Cut Off.

Amite
Tangipahoa Parish Library
204 NE Central Ave.
Sponsor is LWAA

Gonzales
Cabelas of Gonzales
2200 West Cabelas Parkway
Sponsors include Cabelas and Louisiana Waterway Safety

Madisonville
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main Street
Sponsors include LWAA

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

Father and Son Found Guilty on Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 03/22/2016

A father and son from Pearl River were found guilty in Second Judicial District Court in Claiborne Parish on March 8 for deer hunting violations.

Judge Jimmy C. Teat ordered Cory D.  Baird, 31, to pay a $700 fine plus court costs no later than May 3, 2016 for failing to comply with deer tagging regulations and over the limit of deer.  Cory Baird was also ordered to pay $1,624.61 in civil restitution for an illegally taken deer.

His father, James H. Baird, 50, was ordered to pay a $200 fine plus court costs for failing to comply with deer tagging regulations.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement Senior Agent Bryant Coburn cited the two men on Jan. 2 in the Bucktail Campground of Kisatchie National Forest.

During a compliance check, Coburn found Cory Baird with two antlered deer that he took earlier in the day.  On one of the deer Cory Baird illegally used one of James Baird’s tags with James’ knowledge.  The daily limit on the Kisatchie National Forest is one antlered or antlerless deer per day.

Daniel Bays Jr. was the lead prosecutor for the case.

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

Friends of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes Newsletter

Dear Friend of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes,
Please find the link below to the first quarterly newsletter for 2016. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our efforts to restore this important species to its historic Louisiana habitat.

LDWF Agents Rescue 777 People from Flooded Areas Statewide and Investigating Boating Fatality

Release Date: 03/14/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 777 people, 120 dogs and six cats to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

On March 13 agents rescued nine people and five dogs including three people and five dogs in Grant Parish, three people in Natchitoches Parish, two people in Allen Parish and one person in Ouachita Parish.

Agents rescued 103 people, 43 dogs and two cats on March 12.  Those totals include 38 people and 11 dogs in Tangipahoa Parish, 21 people and seven dogs in Washington Parish, 18 people and seven dogs in St. Tammany Parish, 11 people and four dogs in Livingston Parish, six people, 11 dogs and two cats in Beauregard Parish, five people in West Carrol Parish, two people and three dogs in Webster Parish and two people in Morehouse Parish.

Agents are also investigating a boating fatality that occurred on March 12 in Natchitoches Parish around 8 p.m.  According to the two survivors, there were three men in their own boat returning to a flooded house to remove furniture near the south end of Black Lake.  On their way back on flooded Hwy. 1226 the boat’s bow rope was in the water and got tangled in the prop, which then stalled the motor.  While the motor was stalled they took on water and Harold Worsham, 78, of the Saline Bayou area, went overboard and never surfaced.  Worsham was not wearing a personal flotation device.  His body was recovered later that night and turned over to the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF is strongly encouraging evacuees to not return to their homes until the flood waters have fallen and conditions allow due to extremely unsafe conditions that are caused by rising and receding flood waters.

On the morning of March 11 agents rescued 303 people, 31 dogs and two cats.  Those totals include 209 people, 13 dogs and one cat in Tangipahoa Parish, 47 people and 11 dogs in St. Tammany Parish, 18 people, six dogs and one cat in Washington Parish, 12 people in Caddo Parish, six people in Richland Parish, five people in Morehouse Parish, three people in West Carroll Parish, two people in Ouachita Parish and one person and one dog in Livingston Parish.

On March 10 agents rescued 199 people and 21 dogs.  Those totals include 50 people in Ouachita Parish, 46 people and 13 dogs in Caddo Parish, 27 people in Vernon Parish, 19 people in Bossier Parish, 19 people in Richland Parish, 15 people and six dogs in Morehouse Parish, nine people in Bienville Parish, six people in Grant Parish, four people and two dogs in West Carroll Parish, two people in LaSalle Parish and two people in Sabine Parish.

On March 9 agents rescued 72 people including 36 people in Ouachita Parish, 32 people in Webster Parish and four in Morehouse Parish.

Agents also rescued five people on the night of March 8 in Webster Parish.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

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

LDWF Agents Rescue 579 People from Flooded Waters Statewide

Release Date: 03/11/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 579 people, 52 dogs and two cats to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

On the morning of March 11 agents rescued 303 people, 31 dogs and two cats.  Those totals include 209 people, 13 dogs and one cat in Tangipahoa Parish, 47 people and 11 dogs in St. Tammany Parish, 18 people, six dogs and one cat in Washington Parish, 12 people in Caddo Parish, six people in Richland Parish, five people in Morehouse Parish, three people in West Carroll Parish, two people in Ouachita Parish and one person and one dog in Livingston Parish.

On March 10 agents rescued 199 people and 21 dogs.  Those totals include 50 people in Ouachita Parish, 46 people and 13 dogs in Caddo Parish, 27 people in Vernon Parish, 19 people in Bossier Parish, 19 people in Richland Parish, 15 people and six dogs in Morehouse Parish, nine people in Bienville Parish, six people in Grant Parish, four people and two dogs in West Carroll Parish, two people in LaSalle Parish and two people in Sabine Parish.

On March 9 agents rescued 72 people including 36 people in Ouachita Parish, 32 people in Webster Parish and four in Morehouse Parish.

Agents also rescued five people on the night of March 8 in Webster Parish.

LDWF agents assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office on March 9 with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.  LDWF agents also assisted the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville on March 9.

Agents also assisted West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities on March 9.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

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

LEEC Special E-News Bulletin: Submit Grant Proposals by March 15

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission reminds environmental educators and graduate students in environmental sciences that the window to submit proposals for the 2016 Environmental Education and Green Schools grants ends next Tuesday, March 15, 2016. These grants are great ways to improve your environmental ed program through classroom or schoolwide projects and professional development, or to help fund your academic research. See the links below for our simple, online applications!
 
Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team
http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Guidelines
http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Application

 

Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Application

 

University Research Grants - Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues - Those eligible: Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Masters, Ph.D., or conducting Ph.D. research are eligible to apply on behalf of their school - Maximum award: $1,200

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Application

 

Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Application

 

For more information on these grants or the 2016 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our web-site at:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries vortego@wlf.la.gov

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