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2014 Dates Announced For White Lake WCA Facilities Use by Groups Conducting Non-Consumptive Activities

Release Date: 01/06/2014

Jan. 6, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated dates between February 1 and May 31, 2014 for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA).

White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2014 group use dates.

The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students, or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which now includes an experimental population of whooping cranes.

White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. The property will seasonally have migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules, and the common moorhen. Hawks and owls are also common. Coastal terns and gulls use habitat contained on White Lake at times. Several large breeding rookeries of waders are present on the property. Access dates and fees for 2014 are as follows:

SCHEDULE FOR NON-CONSUMPTIVE ACTIVITIES AT WHITE LAKE WCA

Site visits may be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between Feb. 1 and May 31, 2014.

Site visits will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis pending facility and staff availability. At this time, WLWCA will only accommodate one group per day/week and all facility reservations must be made two weeks in advance to allow for staff scheduling.

FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE

Day Use (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

$300 - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided. (For up to 15 people.)

$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of Lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.

Exemptions from day-use Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)

$400 + $25/person/night --Includes overnight stay at Lodge with only linens provided.

(For up to 12 people.)

$400 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided.  (For up to 12 people.)

$900 + $35/person/night -- Includes overnight stay at Lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)

Exemptions from overnight Lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).

Skeet Range (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)

$10/person/25 clay pigeons.                    

$15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.

Exemptions – Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.

Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events) $10/person/ride.  Limited to authorized function attendees.

Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reserves the right to schedule non-consumptive activities, for educational purposes, outside the advertised dates should the need arise.

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 White Lake WCA facility use, visit the LDWF Web site at

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/white-lake-wetlands-non-consumptive-use , or contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. # 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .

 

 

White Lake Fishing Lottery Applications Available for 2014

Release Date: 01/06/2014

Jan. 6, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is now accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2014.

A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for $40.  White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish.

The area open for fishing will be limited to the Florence Canal and Oil Field Location canals off of the Florence Canal.  There will be no fishing in any of the WCA’s marsh areas or in the main camp canal or other areas that are marked "NO FISHING."  Successful applicants will be provided a map of the fishing area.  Boats used by permitees will be limited to the use of motors with 40 horsepower or less.  Additional rules and regulations are outlined in an attachment to the application.

Each completed application must include a non-refundable administrative fee of $5 in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Only one application per person will be accepted and submitting more than one application will be considered grounds for disqualification.  Completed applications must be received by LDWF by close of business on Feb. 20, 2014.

Applications may be mailed to: Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Attention: White Lake Fishing, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.  They may also be turned in to Room 422 at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building, located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Persons interested in obtaining an application may call the department at 225-765-2812 or download a copy from the department’s Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/white-lake-wetlands-conservations-area .

For more information, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov.

 

Updated Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/03/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

 
The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
     
  2. Approval of Minutes of December 5, 2013
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports December
     
  5. To Hear an Update on Oyster Programs
     
  6. To Receive the Financial Budget Report on the Rigs to Reef Program
     
  7. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to set the 2014-2015 Commercial King Mackerel Season
     
  8. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Netting Restrictions on Spanish Lake (St. Martin and Iberia Parishes)           
     
  9. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Slot Limit Regulations on Chicot Lake, Cross Lake, Vernon Lake, CLECO Lake, Spanish Lake, and Black Bayou (Benton)
     
  10. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify Recreational Regulations for Blue and Channel Catfish for LA – TX Border Waters
     
  11. To Hear a Presentation about the Pearl River WMA
     
  12. To Consider a Notice of Intent  for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations
     
  13. To Consider a Notice of Intent for the 2015 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Season and Rules and Regulations
     
  14. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
     
  15. Set May 2014 Meeting Date
     
  16. Receive Public Comments
     
  17. Adjournment

 
 

 

Agenda for Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/03/2014

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
     
  2. Approval of Minutes of December 5, 2013
     
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
     
  4. To Hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports December
     
  5. To Hear an Update on Oyster Programs
     
  6. To Receive the Financial Budget Report on the Rigs to Reef Program
     
  7. To Consider a Declaration of Emergency to set the 2014-2015 Commercial King Mackerel Season
     
  8. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Netting Restrictions on Spanish Lake (St. Martin and Iberia Parishes)           
     
  9. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Remove Slot Limit Regulations on Chicot Lake, Cross Lake, Vernon Lake, CLECO Lake, Spanish Lake, and Black Bayou (Benton)
     
  10. To Consider a Notice of Intent to Modify Recreational Regulations for Blue and Channel Catfish for LA – TX Border Waters
     
  11. To Hear a Presentation about the Honey Island Shooting Range located in the Pearl River WMA
     
  12. To Consider a Notice of Intent  for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 General and WMA Hunting Seasons and Rules and Regulations
     
  13. To Consider a Notice of Intent for the 2015 General and WMA Turkey Hunting Season and Rules and Regulations
     
  14. Election of Chairman and Vice-Chairman
     
  15. Set May 2014 Meeting Date
     
  16. Receive Public Comments
     
  17. Adjournment

 

 

Fourth Cohort of Whooping Cranes Released at White Lake WCA

Release Date: 01/03/2014

Fourth Cohort of Whooping Cranes Released at White Lake WCA
Fourth Cohort of Whooping Cranes Released at White Lake WCA

Jan. 3, 2014 – Ten juvenile whooping cranes, delivered to White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Gueydan last month, were released into the wild on Thursday. The young cranes join 23 adults which are part of an experimental population being monitored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
 
The cranes arrived in southwest Louisiana on Dec. 11 from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md.  LDWF is working cooperatively with US Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS, the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to establish a non-migratory population in the state.
 
The whooping crane is protected under the federal Endangered Species and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts and by state law. Anyone encountering a whooping crane is advised to observe the bird from a distance.
 
Whooping cranes are large-bodied, white birds similar to white ibis, white pelicans, and wood storks, all of which must be distinguished from legally-hunted snow geese.  However, a red head and black facial markings along with a height of five feet and a wingspan of 7 to 8 feet make them very distinctive.  In flight, whooping cranes display black wing tips and fully extended neck and legs, which extend well beyond the tail.
 
Juvenile whooping cranes are primarily white with some cinnamon-brown feathers remaining on their body, primarily on their head and neck. Their wing tips are black like an adult, but they lack the red head.
 
Anyone witnessing suspicious activity involving whooping cranes is advised to report that information to LDWF’s Enforcement Division by calling 1-800-442-2511 or using the tip411 program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.
 
For more information on the re-introduction of whooping cranes to Louisiana, visit LDWF’s website at www.wlf.la.gov or contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov .

 

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

Release Date: 12/30/2013

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 1 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans

AGENDA

I.  Roll Call and  introduction of guests

II. Approval of November 12, 2013 minutes and January 7 agenda

III. Treasury Report

      A. Oyster Tag Sales

      B. LOTF Financial Report

IV.  Committee Reports

     A.  Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee – (Buddy Pausina)

    B.  Enforcement   - (Sammy Martin)

    C.  Legislative - (Jakov Jurisic)

    D.  Research – (John Supan)

    E.  Coastal Restoration – (Dan Coulon)

    F.  Marketing – (Ashley Roth)

    G.  Health – (Tenney Sibley)

    H. Sustainability-(LDWF)

V. Old Business

    A.  LDWF/DHH report

    B.  ISSC Conference/Proposals

    C.  BP Oil Spill Remediation

       1.Claims Process

       2. Public Reef Remediation

       3. Oyster Lease Remediation                      

VI.  New Business

   A.  Legislation regarding weights and measures- Al Sunseri

   B.  Officer Elections

VII.  Public Comment

VIII.  Set Next Meeting

IX.  Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone can sign up at the this link https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2244745702608264706

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

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.

 

Snares Strongly Discouraged in Bear Areas

Release Date: 12/30/2013

Snares Strongly Discouraged in Bear Areas

Dec. 30, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists have been called upon in recent weeks to release several bears caught in coyote or hog snares.  Luckily, in all of these recent situations, the bears survived the experience.
 
Hog snares and some coyote snares are set with the intent to be fatal; therefore they pose a significant threat to bears.  LDWF strongly recommends that trappers of feral hogs or coyotes refrain from using snares in areas of Louisiana occupied by bears including the following parishes: Avoyelles, East and West Carroll, Catahoula, Concordia, Franklin, Iberia, Madison, Pointe Coupee, Richland, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Landry, Tensas and Vermilion.
 
The expanding population of feral hogs and coyotes has lead to an increase in the use of snares as a means to control these animals.  However, the typical snare sets for feral hogs or coyotes are ideal for capturing bears as well.  Land managers intending to control feral hogs in bear country are advised to use other means such as cage or corral traps with the required opening in the top.  Coyote trappers in these areas are advised to utilize leg hold traps instead of snares.
 
Persons using snares to trap any animal are required to have a Louisiana trapping license.   Persons using box or corral traps to capture feral hogs are required to have a basic hunting license.  Cage or corral traps are required to have an opening in the top that is at least 22 by 22 inches square or 25 inches in diameter, if round.  The opening in the top of the trap will allow non-target animals such as black bears to escape if captured.
 
LDWF in cooperation with the Louisiana Trappers and Alligator Hunters Association has produced a brochure that provides recommendations and additional information about use of snares in bear country.  The brochure is available at  www.wlf.la.gov under the Wildlife tab or at  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/document/36480-bear-snare/bear_snare.pdf
 
For more information, contact Maria Davidson at 225-931-3061or mdavidson@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

 

Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board to Meet

Release Date: 12/27/2013

The Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board will meet on Tuesday, January 7,
2014. The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. in Suite 200 of the University of New Orleans’
Advanced Technology Center located at 2021 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans.
 
Agenda items for the meeting of the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit Appeals Board
are as follows:
 
1. Roll Call of Board Members
2. Approval of Minutes from September 17, 2013 Meeting
3. Hearing of Deferred New Permit Appeals
          a. Marty Melerine
4. Hearing of New Renewal Permit Appeals
          a. Raymond Green
5. Hearing of New Re-Issuance Permit Appeals
           a. Karlin Coulon
6. Update on Recommendation Made at September 17, 2013 Meeting
7. Receive Public Comments
8. Set next meeting date
9. Adjournment
 
This Board was established by Act 922 of the 2008 Regular Legislative Session for the
purpose of hearing appeals of vessel permit denials by LDWF. Act 922 requires that anyone
commercially harvesting oysters on the public oyster seed grounds and reservations, except
those in Calcasieu Lake and Sabine Lake, must do so from a vessel holding a public oyster seed
ground vessel permit issued by LDWF.
 
The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by
Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq. The public is invited to attend.
 
For more information, please contact Ty Lindsey at 225-765-2387 or tlindsey@wlf.la.gov.

Reward Offered for Information on Dead Black Bear

Release Date: 12/23/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in Concordia Parish.

A citizen alerted authorities on Dec. 20 about a dead black bear lying in the woods in the Yancey Wildlife Management Area.  The bear was collected and sent in for a necropsy.

The necropsy revealed the bear was probably dead for about a week and that it was shot with a bullet through the ribcage.  Agents believe the bear was shot from an elevated deer stand since the bullet went through the ribcage at an angle.

LDWF’s Operation Game Thief program is offering a cash reward totaling up to $1,000 and the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust is offering up to $5,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction for this illegal killing of a black bear.

Anyone with information regarding this illegal bear killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.  Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.  Violators are subject to penalties of up to $50,000 and six months in jail.  In addition, a restitution fine of $10,000 for the bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

With the number of bear and hunter interactions on the rise within the last couple of years, LDWF encourages hunters to carry bear spray.

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

Body of Central Man Recovered from Bayou Pigeon

Release Date: 12/22/2013

Search and rescue personnel from four different agencies and volunteers located the body of a Central man this morning, Dec. 22, in Bayou Pigeon in Iberia Parish.

Rescue personnel from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office along with countless volunteers found the body of Brent J. LeBlanc, 37, this morning around 8:30 a.m.

Rescuers received a call around 4 p.m. on Dec. 21 about a surface drive vessel floating in Bayou Pigeon about a mile southwest from the Bayou Pigeon landing.  LDWF agents and Sheriff Office deputies searched into the night until severe weather made them call off the search for the night.  They resumed the search at first light this morning.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.  It is unknown at this time how LeBlanc got ejected from the vessel.  Investigators do not suspect alcohol was a factor at this time.  LeBlanc was found without a personal flotation device.

LeBlanc’s body was turned over to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 226-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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