Sept. 4, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) and the Resources First Foundation (RFF) announced today that the Louisiana Conservation Connection (LCC) is now available for landowners to use as a resource for information on land management.
“The goal with this new, web-based resource tool is easy access to information that any landowner or land manager can use to improve their property for whatever their need might be,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.
Appearing before the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their monthly meeting, RFF President Amos Eno highlighted the partners and vast selection of sources that private landowners can contact for assistance in making sound decisions when managing for wildlife habitat, agricultural or forestry concerns.
“The conservation market in the 21st century is increasingly focused on the private sector and on the actions of individual private land owners,” said Eno. “The Louisiana Conservation Connection is RFF's 6th statewide conservation center and hosts 4,000 information resources. We are pleased to help position Louisiana in the fore front of our nations' private sector conservation leadership.”
The LCC information resource was created by RFF and built with grants from the Walton Family Foundation and LWFF. The web site -- http://www.stateconservation.org/louisiana -- addresses the conservation needs of Louisiana’s private landowners.
“The LWFF Board of Directors were impressed by the previous work done by RFF and are proud to have provided grant funds for the development of the Louisiana Conservation Connection,” said Kell McInnis, LWFF executive director. “We believe that the web site will be a valuable tool for all Louisiana landowners to become better stewards of their property and the wildlife resources that depend on it.”
The web site provides information on conservation, family farms, forestry, federal and state conservation programs, invasive and native species, natural heritage tourism and outdoor recreation, tax and estate planning services and water and wildlife resources. Landowners can find information on their local service providers such as foresters, biologists, equipment suppliers, veterinarians, and tax consultants. Site users will find new ideas for boosting their income and innovative tools for a broad range of ranch, farm and forest best management practices and tax and estate legal advisory services.
RFF is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization established in 2000 to provide conservation education tools and solutions to promote conservation and restoration activities for fish, wildlife and other natural resources primarily on privately owned lands across the United States.
RFF’s websites are designed for the whole conservation community including: private owners, professional staff (foresters, biologists, lawyers, appraisers, etc.), and conservation service providers. With all of RFF’s projects, the goal is to connect people to conservation by leveling the playing field, providing free access to critical conservation information, tools, and services.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. To learn more about the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, visit http://lawff.org .
Photo caption: (left to right) Kell McInnis, LWFF executive director; LDWF Secretary Robert Barham; and RFF President Amos Eno at the Sept. 4 LWF Commission meeting following announcement of the Louisiana Conservation Connection, a new web resource for landowners.