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LDWF Agents Rescue 579 People from Flooded Waters Statewide

Release Date: 03/11/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 579 people, 52 dogs and two cats to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

On the morning of March 11 agents rescued 303 people, 31 dogs and two cats.  Those totals include 209 people, 13 dogs and one cat in Tangipahoa Parish, 47 people and 11 dogs in St. Tammany Parish, 18 people, six dogs and one cat in Washington Parish, 12 people in Caddo Parish, six people in Richland Parish, five people in Morehouse Parish, three people in West Carroll Parish, two people in Ouachita Parish and one person and one dog in Livingston Parish.

On March 10 agents rescued 199 people and 21 dogs.  Those totals include 50 people in Ouachita Parish, 46 people and 13 dogs in Caddo Parish, 27 people in Vernon Parish, 19 people in Bossier Parish, 19 people in Richland Parish, 15 people and six dogs in Morehouse Parish, nine people in Bienville Parish, six people in Grant Parish, four people and two dogs in West Carroll Parish, two people in LaSalle Parish and two people in Sabine Parish.

On March 9 agents rescued 72 people including 36 people in Ouachita Parish, 32 people in Webster Parish and four in Morehouse Parish.

Agents also rescued five people on the night of March 8 in Webster Parish.

LDWF agents assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office on March 9 with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.  LDWF agents also assisted the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville on March 9.

Agents also assisted West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities on March 9.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LEEC Special E-News Bulletin: Submit Grant Proposals by March 15

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission reminds environmental educators and graduate students in environmental sciences that the window to submit proposals for the 2016 Environmental Education and Green Schools grants ends next Tuesday, March 15, 2016. These grants are great ways to improve your environmental ed program through classroom or schoolwide projects and professional development, or to help fund your academic research. See the links below for our simple, online applications!
 
Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team
http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Guidelines
http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Educator-Grant-Application

 

Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Professional-Development-Grant-Application

 

University Research Grants - Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues - Those eligible: Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Masters, Ph.D., or conducting Ph.D. research are eligible to apply on behalf of their school - Maximum award: $1,200

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-University-Research-Grant-Application

 

Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Guidelines

http://www.cain.lsu.edu/2016-2017-LEEC-Green-Schools-Grant-Application

 

For more information on these grants or the 2016 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our web-site at:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries vortego@wlf.la.gov

LDWF Agents Continue Search and Rescue Mission in North Louisiana

Release Date: 03/10/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have rescued 161 people and two dogs to date from flooded areas in northern parishes.

On the morning of March 10, agents have rescued 84 people and two dogs including 44 people in Ouachita Parish, 20 people in Vernon Parish, 10 people in Morehouse Parish, eight people and two dogs in Caddo Parish and two people in Sabine Parish.

On March 9 agents rescued 72 people including 36 people in Ouachita Parish, 32 people in Webster Parish and four in Morehouse Parish.

Agents also rescued five people on the night of March 8 in Webster Parish.

LDWF agents assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office on March 9 with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.  LDWF agents also assisted the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville on March 9.

Agents also assisted West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities on March 9.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Conducting Search and Rescue Missions in Northern Louisiana

Release Date: 03/09/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have rescued 37 people to date from flooded areas in Webster Parish.

On March 8 around 10:30 p.m. two LDWF agents rescued five people in Doyline and brought them to the Doyline Fire Station.

On the morning of March 9 LDWF agents rescued seven more people in Doyline.  Agents also rescued two people in Minden, six people in Sibley, 12 people in Heflen and three people off of Penal Farm Road just northeast of Sibley.

On March 9 in the early afternoon hours LDWF agents with assistance from the LDWF Fisheries Division rescued two people off of Interstate 20 at the Webster Parish and Bienville Parish line.

LDWF agents assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.  LDWF agents also assisted the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville.

Agents also assisted West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Webster Parish Man Arrested for Drug Possession

Release Date: 03/08/2016

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agent arrested a Webster Parish man on March 6 for alleged illegal drug possession violations in Webster Parish.

Sgt. Jared McIver arrested John E. Day, 42, Minden, for improper lane use, driving with a suspended driver’s license, driving with cancelled license plate, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of prescription pills and illegal possession of Tramodol pills.  Sgt. McIver booked Day into the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

Sgt. McIver initiated a traffic stop on Hwy. 164 in Webster Parish for improper lane use.  During the stop Sgt. McIver discovered that John was driving with a suspended license and cancelled license plate.

Sgt. McIver also found John to be in illegal possession of prescription pills.  John also possessed drug paraphernalia such as a straw and pill crusher used to snort pills.  Inside the vehicle Sgt. McIver found Tramodol pills and more pill crushers.

Illegal possession of the prescription pills each brings up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  Illegal possession of Tramodol pills carries up to a $25,000 fine and five years in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Operating a vehicle with a cancelled license plate brings up to a $100 fine and 30 days in jail.  The fine and jail time for improper lane use is set by the parish.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF Enforcement Agents Recognized at March Commission Meeting

Release Date: 03/03/2016

Two Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents were honored at the March 3 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Alexandria.

Shikar-Safari Club International presented their 2015 Conservation Officer of the Year award for Louisiana to LDWF Sgt. Joey Melton, of Natchitoches.  The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement.

Sgt. James Hagan, of Oak Grove, received the Louisiana Waterfowl Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the Mississippi Flyway Council.  The Mississippi Flyway Council recognizes law enforcement officers from each state who make outstanding contributions to the protection of waterfowl.

Sgt. Melton has been an LDWF agent for eight years and mainly patrols Natchitoches Parish.  Sgt. Melton also received the LDWF Enforcement Division’s “2015 Agent of the Year” award.  Sgt. Melton was recognized for his high case load, being a team player and public outreach through boating and hunting safety.

Sgt. Hagan patrols Morehouse, East and West Carroll and Richland parishes and has been an agent since 2001.  Sgt. Hagan was honored for his participation in numerous illegal waterfowl hunting investigations involving illegal hours shooting, taking over the limits of ducks, selling migratory game birds, and Lacey Act violations.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Hessmer Man Found Guilty for Downed Trees on Spring Bayou WMA

Release Date: 03/03/2016

A Hessmer man was found guilty on March 2 in 12th Judicial District Court in Avoyelles Parish for his part in the cutting down of trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Judge William Bennett found Keith Savoy, 49, guilty of simple criminal damage to property with the value of damage being between $500 and $50,000.  Savoy cut over 100 trees in the northeast corner of Spring Bayou WMA to block navigable access to an area known as the “fields” where he regularly hunted.

Avoyelles District Attorney Charles Riddle and Assistant D.A. Tony Salario prosecuted the case.  Savoy will be sentenced on April 11.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested Savoy on March 6, 2014 at his residence for criminal damage to state property after a four month investigation.

The trees Savoy cut down ranged from 10 inches to 30 inches in diameter and up to 50 foot tall including cypress, oak and willow trees.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. John Volentine, Sgts. Gabe Guidry, Chad Watts and Bear Fletcher, and Senior Agents Doug Anderson Jr., Jay Callegari, Heath Wood, Kurt Hatten, Dale Wheat, Kenny Robertson and John Hattaway.  Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Smith and Detective Jeremiah Honea also assisted in the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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