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New Rules and Regulations Proposed for LDWF’s Dredge Fill Material Program

Release Date: 02/15/2019

Feb. 15, 2019 – Changes to the dredge fill material program administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) have been proposed by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC). The program covers dredging of fill material from the water bottoms of Louisiana.
 
The proposed rule changes align regulations with statute and codify current practice by identifying the licenses required to remove dredge fill material from state water bottoms.
 
Included in those are a description of the five classes of license, an increase in the commercial license fee from $25 to $50 and codification of a 1.5 percent penalty for late royalty payments.
 
Commercial license holders that exceed the licensed dredge volume may be levied a penalty of five cents per cubic yard calculated on the excess volume, according to the proposed rules and regulations.
 
It also requires pre- and post-dredging photographs of the pit to be submitted by commercial license holders.
 
According to the rules and regulations, “No person or firm shall dredge fill material, sand or gravel from water bottoms of this state without a license from LDWF.’’
 
To see the notice of intent, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/31722-action-items/noidredgefillmaterialrulesandregulations.pdf .
 
Public comment on the notice of intent will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Dave Butler, LDWF, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to dbutler@wlf.la.gov until April 4, 2019.
 
For more information, contact permits coordinator Dave Butler at dbutler@wlf.la.gov or 225-763-3595 or director Kyle Balkum at kbalkum@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2819.
 

Hunt Road and Portion of Muddy Bayou Road Reopened at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 02/14/2019

Feb. 14, 2019 – Hunt Road and a portion of Muddy Bayou Road from Hunt Road to Nolan Bayou Road at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have been reopened to all traffic, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
Sandy Bayou Road and the remainder of Muddy Bayou Road from Nolan Bayou Road to Deville Crossing remain closed to vehicle traffic due to flooding. However, ATV/UTV use is permitted on those roads. These roads will be reopened once repairs are made. 
 
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

DOTD Provides Update on Vernon Lake Dam

Release Date: 02/14/2019

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development would like to update the public on the status of the Vernon Lake Dam and planned repairs to damages sustained during Hurricane Harvey.
 
Although the management gate is currently open, the lake water surface has risen to within 5 feet of pool stage as a result of heavy rainfall over the last two months. In order to safely complete repair work, the lake water surface will need to be lowered to a minimum of 20 feet below pool stage (elevation 225 feet).
 
DOTD has awarded a contract to Merrick, LLC to repair the damages. On February 1, 2019, a pre-construction conference was held with the contractor. The Notice to Proceed has been issued for March 6, 2019, followed by a 30-calendar-day assembly period.
 
The timeframe to complete the necessary repairs is highly dependent upon the weather conditions over the next few months and will likely extend into early summer of 2019.   Upon completion, the management gate will be closed and the lake allowed to refill to pool stage. Additional updates will be provided as the project progresses.   
 
Anacoco Lake, which is located downstream of Vernon Lake, is near pool stage. The intent for Anacoco Lake is to keep the management gate closed and the lake near pool stage throughout this process.
 
Questions regarding this notice may be directed to Randall Duffey at (337) 238-6406, Brad Sticker at (318) 561-5280 or Jonathan Lachney at (318) 561-5103.

LDWF and BREC partner to remove debris at Dawson Creek; raise awareness about waterway litter in Baton Rouge, elsewhere

Release Date: 02/13/2019

Volunteers from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission (BREC) removed several hundreds of pounds of litter today from Dawson Creek in Baton Rouge.

The two agencies’ joint effort was initiated after several staff members at the nearby LDWF office on Quail Drive noticed litter mounting on the banks of Dawson Creek, which meanders near a BREC facility on Perkins Road.

“The LDWF Enforcement Division is the leading litter enforcement agency in the state,” said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. “It is frustrating and disheartening to see the litter buildup in Dawson Creek and in other waterways, lakes and rivers around the state. This cannot be tolerated in the state that lays claim to being ‘Sportsman’s Paradise.’”

Common trash from consumer goods makes up the majority of what eventually becomes marine debris, polluting our streams, bayous, lakes and eventually Gulf of Mexico. Plastics in the aquatic environment are of increasing concern because of their persistence and effect on the environment, wildlife, and aquatic organisms.

LDWF is encouraging all Louisiana citizens to do their part to reduce the volume of trash entering our waterways by putting your trash in a proper trash receptacle.

Officials at BREC have similar concerns.

“BREC maintains over 180 parks throughout East Baton Rouge Parish, many containing water bodies which serve as large collection points for storm water run-off and whatever else the rain washes into them,” said BREC Superintendent Corey K. Wilson. “Floating debris accumulates in many of our ponds, and in addition to being unsightly, this trash becomes a hazard to wildlife. We recognize firsthand the detrimental effects pollution has on our waterways and are excited to partner with The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for this cleanup effort,”

What Citizens Can Do to Help

·                  Put your trash in a proper trash receptacle

·                  Clean out truck beds and refrain from throwing cigarette butts or other trash out of the car or watercraft.

·                  Carry a litterbag in your car or boat.

·                  Securely cover trash containers to prevent animals from spreading litter.

·                  Citizens, who witness littering or illegal dumping violations, are urged to call the  state's anti-litter hotline at 1-888-LIT-R-BUG (1-888-548-7284).

Dawson's Creek runs from South Acadian Thruway (beside Outback and I-10) to the LDWF Headquarters building and joins in with the drainage from the University Lakes becoming Ward Creek Diversion Canal.  The canal then becomes Bayou Manchac, eventually feeding into the Amite River and finally Lake Maurepas. 

Click HERE to download an interview with Buddy Baker, LDWF Biologist Administrator, photos from the cleanup and B-roll footage of today’s event.

Visit the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Website or LDWF Litter Enforcement page for more littering information.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources.

For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LDWF Public Meetings to Begin Feb. 25 on Proposed Hunting Seasons and WMA Rules and Regulation Changes

Release Date: 02/13/2019

Feb. 13, 2019 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold six public meetings around the state to present and gather comments on the proposed 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 hunting seasons, 2019-2020 general and WMA hunting seasons, rules and regulations, 2020 general and WMA turkey hunting season rules and regulations and the 2019-2020 migratory bird hunting season rules and regulations.
 
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration, including the Notice of Intent adopted at the January meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) and amendments to the Notice of Intent tentatively adopted at the February meeting. The meeting dates and locations include:

  • Feb. 25 (Monday) at 6 p.m. at the Ponchatoula High School Library, 19452 Highway 22, Ponchatoula.
  • Feb. 26 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Lafayette Field Office, 200 Dulles Drive, Lafayette.
  • Feb. 27 (Wednesday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Minden Field Office, 9961 Highway 80, Minden.
  • Feb. 28 (Thursday) at 6 p.m. at the LDWF Monroe Field Office, 368 Century Link Drive, Monroe.
  • March 1 (Friday) at 6 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd Street, Alexandria.
  • March 2 (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at the LSU Ag Center Building, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles.

To view the full notice of intent and amendments for all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will also be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 

Oyster Task Force Aquaculture Committee Meeting Set for Feb. 14 in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 02/13/2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 11 A.M.
Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
 
 
AGENDA
 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Introductions
  4. Adopt the Agenda
  5. To Discuss Oyster Seed Supply Issues
  6. To Discuss the Promotion of AOC in Louisiana Waters West of Cocodrie
  7. To Discuss the Planned Mississippi River Diversions
  8. To Compile a List of AOC Issues and Enforcement Gray Areas
  9. Public Comment
  10. Set Next Meeting
  11. 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.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5552692446740882946
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.
 
 
 

LDWF Prepares to Open Online Ordering for Oyster Hatchery Larvae

Release Date: 02/12/2019

(February 12, 2019) – Beginning at 8 a.m. February 19, 2019, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be opening its online ordering portal to provide the oyster industry with hatchery-reared oyster larvae produced at the Michael C. Voisin Oyster Hatchery.

Requests will only be taken via the online ordering portal and will be filled based on the order received; priority will be given to in-state orders. Requests made in writing or by phone will not be accepted. Larger orders may be reduced or split based on the availability of larvae and seed. Payment will not be required at the time a request is submitted. LDWF will contact those requesting hatchery products at a later date for payment.

The online ordering form can be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/oyster-larvae-order-form.

For more information, contact Program Development at 225-765-3980, 1-855-262-1764, or at Oversightprograms@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

LWFC Amends Proposed Notice of Intent for 2019-20 Hunting Seasons Rules and Regulations

Release Date: 02/11/2019

Feb. 11, 2019 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted Thursday (Feb. 7) to make several amendments to the proposed notice of intent for the 2019-20 hunting seasons, rules and regulations during its monthly meeting in Baton Rouge.
 
Among them, the commission voted to return the daily bag limit of teal back to six for the early teal season in September.
 
It also voted to amend the rules regarding nighttime take of nuisance animals and outlaw quadrupeds from the last day of February until the last day of August in the same year, maintaining the requirement for a permit.
 
The commission also clarified language in the cervid carcass importation regulation, which will prohibit transport of any cervid carcass or part of a cervid carcass originating from Louisiana lands east of the Mississippi River in East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia parishes to any other part of the state, unless it is transported in the manner prescribed in the state cervid carcass importation ban. 
 
Finally, the commission voted to standardize limited access area rules (LAAs) and regulations for all WMAs. This amendment results in the allowance of trolling motors within LAAs on Boeuf, Dewey W. Wills and Russell Sage Wildlife Management Areas.
 
To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.
 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings through March and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Tommy Tuma, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ttuma@wlf.la.gov until 9 a.m., March 7, 2019.
 
For more information, contact Tommy Tuma at 225-765-2349 or ttuma@wlf.la.gov.
 
 

LDWF Reopens Some Roads in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 02/11/2019

Feb. 11, 2019 – North Bayou Natchitoches Road and South Bayou Natchitoches Road in Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) have been reopened, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
Cas-Cas Road remains closed due to flooding. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect, repair and reopen that road when deemed safe for travel. 
 
Grassy Lake WMA is located in northeastern Avoyelles Parish, approximately 12 miles from Bordelonville, Louisiana.
 
For information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2767 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-735-8682 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-735-8683 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

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LDWF Reopens Hunt Road at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 02/11/2019

Feb. 11, 2019 – Hunt Road at Dewey W. Wills Wildlife Management Area has been reopened to vehicular traffic, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced.
 
Sandy Bayou Road and Muddy Bayou Road remain accessible only by ATV/UTV.  These roads will be reopened once the water recedes and any necessary repairs are made. 
  
Dewey W. Wills WMA is located in the southern portion of LaSalle and Catahoula parishes in central Louisiana approximately 20 miles northeast of Alexandria. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2753 .
 
For more information, contact Cliff Dailey at 318-487-5885 or adailey@wlf.la.gov .
 
 

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