WMA Forest Management Prescriptions

June 1, 2016 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) draft forest management prescriptions for six Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are now available for review.

The prescriptions, which provide habitat management methods, include areas on Bayou Macon, Boeuf, Dewey Wills, Little River, Russell Sage and Sandy Hollow WMAs.  The documents detail proposed methods to improve, maintain and sustain wildlife habitat while providing quality wildlife-oriented recreational improvements and growing quality timber resources for the long-term.

Each document includes a description of the area to be addressed within each WMA, the current condition of each forest type found within the compartment, the soil types and hydrology of the area and wildlife habitat conditions.  Plans also include management objectives, management concerns and how areas of concern will be addressed to enhance or sustain the forest and wildlife habitat.  Timber harvest is often the most feasible means to manipulate forest habitat for the management of wildlife providing short and long-term benefits. 

LDWF is asking that any comments on the plans be as specific as possible and provided by July 15, 2016.

Comments can be made in writing to Donald Locascio at LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or dlocascio@wlf.la.gov

Draft WMA forest management prescriptions are provided below: