Last updated: [June 18, 2009]
As of March, 2008, the LDWF has used its State Wildlife Grants to fund 65 projects covering a variety of species and habitats. Of these, 32 projects have been completed while 33 projects are ongoing. Below are summaries of closed and active projects.
The Wildlife Action Plan has four overarching goals. Below are summaries of typical, active projects for each of the four goals in the Wildlife Action Plan.
Goal 1 - Species Conservation. Identify, manage for, and conserve species identified as priority species of concern so as to preclude listing those species under the Endangered Species Act.
- T-57. "Alligator Snapping Turtle Nesting Ecology" seeks to better understand the nesting and reproductive habitats of Alligator Snapping Turtles. Alligator Snapping Turtles appear to be declining in abundance. The University of Louisiana at Monroe is investigating turtle breeding ecology and attempting to develop regionally relevant management guidelines. Turtles are trapped, marked with radio transmitters, and followed through the nest season. Nest predators are being studied as well. Grant period: September 2007 - June 2010.
- T-61. "Predictive Model for Mussel Diversity" seeks to create a computer model that will assist the LDWF in conserving freshwater mussels. The model will combine a variety of variables ranging from water quality to land usage surrounding the stream. The resulting model will allow LDWF to identify the most important streams to protect and aid permit review of development projects that may impact mussel streams. Grant period: September, 2007 - June, 2010.
Goal 2 - Habitat Conservation. Conserve, manage, and restore habitats that are essential to the continued survival of species of concern.
- T-50. "A Study of Fish Fauna of Louisiana's Barrier Islands" seeks to compare natural and altered habitats of 3 major barrier island systems. This study will provide background data to improve habitat restoration projects. The study will also confirm or update the current status of 2 estuarine fish of conservation concern. Grant period: October 2006 - March 2010.
- T-58. "Insect Assemblages on Rare Saline Prairies" builds on previous work by the LDWF describing one of the rarest habitats in the state. These prairies are mostly treeless with high-salt-content soils. The LDWF has identified 19 rare plants in these prairies along with 1 insect never before reported in Louisiana. This baseline data on insects using the prairies is important because insects are sensitive ecological indicators and can be used to monitor habitat restoration and management. Grant period: August, 2007 - July, 2010.
Goal 3 - Public Outreach and Education. Support efforts to improve understanding and support among the general public and conservation stakeholders regarding species of concern.
- T-16. The "Louisiana Natural Areas Registry Program" has been one of the most successful efforts to engage the public in conservation. It aims to preserve the best remaining examples of our state's natural heritage. The program relies on citizen-based conservation and the willingness of landowners to safeguard critical habitats for the continued conservation of our biological diversity. Funded annually beginning July, 2003.
- T-66, "Promotion of Prescribed Burning as a Management Tool" seeks to engage private landowners in conserving forest types that are naturally fire-maintained. Landowners, the Louisiana Office Of Forestry, and the LDWF are working together to restore fire-maintained habitats through cost-share agreements and technical assistance to landowners. Grant period: July, 2008 - June, 2010.
Goal 4 - Partnership Building. Improve partnerships among the LDWF and various stakeholders to improve conservation of species of concern.
- T-73, "Louisiana Grassland Restoration" is a partnership between the LDWF, Quail Forever, and the Acadiana Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. This project seeks to restore native grasslands on Demonstration Farms, and to provide training to natural resource professionals in the establishment and cultivation of native grasslands. The goal is to restore up to 2,500 acres of native grasslands in Louisiana. Grant period: July, 2008 - June, 2010.
- T-44. "Computer Information System" seeks to improve data sharing and analysis by conservation stakeholders. Tulane University is developing a prototype database using fisheries records that will assist in assessing population trends and identifying priority fishery habitats. Grant period: September, 2006 - June 2009
Ongoing and Closed Projects