Release Date: 04/05/2007

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) honored Joe L. Herring for his participation in developing the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS), an organization founded in 1957 to investigate deer disease in the southeast states.  LDWF Wildlife Division Administrator David Moreland presented the award at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission's regular monthly meeting on April 5. 

Originally founded as the Southeastern Cooperative Deer Disease Study, the organization changed its name and mission in 1961 to include all wildlife diseases.  Centered in Athens, Ga., SCWDS serves the southeastern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia as well as Kansas, Ohio and Puerto Rico.  In a recent Louisiana Conservationist article written to acknowledge the 50 years of service to the wildlife community provided by SCWDS, Moreland stated that the organization has served a vital function that has earned it a reputation for excellence in wildlife disease research that extends far beyond U.S. borders.

Herring, a former biologist and administrator for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, served on the steering committee for the original study and as chairman during the 1961 reorganization.  He continues to be active in wildlife issues today and is a member of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the East Ascension Sportsman's League.

For more information, contact David Moreland at dmoreland@wlf.louisiana.gov or 225/765-2348.