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Request Wildlife Diversity Project Review or Digital Data

LDWF’’s Wildlife Diversity Program staff use a centralized database to review proposed construction projects to identify potential impacts to rare, threatened, or endangered species and natural communities. Proposed projects range from small-scale construction such as cell phone towers, residential, commercial, and industrial development, and dredging activities to large-scale construction such as pipeline projects and interstate development.

Clients may also request digital data for proposed project siting or scientific studies. Data can be queried by the species of interest, the client-supplied project footprint, the footprint plus a buffer, or by 7.5-foot U.S. Geological Survey quadrangle (quad) boundaries. Local, state, and federal agencies and private consulting firms typically submit project review and data requests to meet regulatory requirements.

 

Request Project Review

To request a project review, submit a written request with the following information:

  • Detailed project description
  • Map of exact project location and geographic extent (an ESRI shapefile projected in NAD83, UTM, Zone 15 is preferred, but a Google Earth kmz or kml file or a USGS 7.5-foot quad map with location and extent of project may be acceptable). A poorly detailed map will delay the project review.
  • Review parameters (e.g. 1-mile radius of project boundary)
  • Latitude/longitude and township, range, and section, if known.

Send requests to Carolyn Michon via email to cmichon@wlf.la.gov or mail to:

LDWF Wildlife Diversity Program
Attn: Carolyn Michon, Assistant Wildlife Diversity Program Data Manager
PO Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 

There is a $30 fee per quad reviewed for each project review. The client will receive an invoice and response letter with our findings. This information will be delivered via USPS or email.

Request Digital Data

To request digital data, submit a written request with the following information: 

  • Detailed project description
  • Name of digital data agreement signatory and mailing address
  • Map of exact project location and geographic extent (an ESRI shapefile projected in NAD83, UTM, Zone 15 is preferred, but a Google Earth kmz or kml is acceptable).
  • Review parameters (e.g. 1-mile radius of project boundary or simply within quad boundary)
  • If requesting data parsed by quad, a list of quad names and parishes (counties) is sufficient in lieu of a detailed map.

Send requests to Michael Seymour via email to mseymour@wlf.la.gov or mail to:

LDWF Wildlife Diversity Program
Attn: Michael Seymour, Wildlife Diversity Program Data Manager
PO Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000

A signed digital data agreement between LDWF’s Wildlife Diversity Program and the client is required prior to transmission of data. Clients are billed $40 per quad of data received. For example, if a client requests data from four quads or if a project footprint spans four quads, clients are billed $160.

Clients will receive ESRI shapefiles of point and polygon data for all species and natural communities of conservation concern within the indicated project or quad area, metadata, a signed copy of the digital data agreement, an invoice, and a response letter with our findings.