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Acadiana Conservation Corridor

Information
Owned: 
State of Louisiana
Acreage: 
2,285 Acres
Contact
Phone: 
(337) 948-0255

Description:
The Acadiana Conservation Corridor WMA is a tract of land situated in the parishes of St. Landry, Evangeline, Avoyelles, and Rapides, owned by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. This scenic easement area lying between the I-49 right-of-way westward to the Bayou Boeuf-Cocodrie Diversion Canal, begins just north of the community of Washington, La. in St. Landry Parish and extends northward through Evangeline Parish, Avoyelles Parish, and the southern portion of Rapides Parish. The entire length of this area is approximately 26 miles and comprises approximately 2285 acres. A small portion of private property is within the boundaries of the corridor, with the north boundary of this poperty starting at the railroad crossing near mile marker 48 on I-49 and the south boundary approximateely 1.3 miles from the railroad crossing. Access to this area is by boat only, with public boat launches available in the community of Wahington, La. on Bayou Courtableau and at Hwy. 29 on the west side of I-49. Self-clearing permits are available at these locations. The area is classified as bottomland hardwoods, with the main overstory species being bitter pecan, overcup oak sugarberry, swamp maple, water elm, and honey locust, with other species occasionally occurring. Understory vegetation is typical for such poorly drained lands, which has standing water for considerable periods after heavy rainfalls. Common species include deciduous holly, smilax, poison ivy, blackberry, dewberry, rattan, and peppervine, along with annual grasses and sedges. Palmettos are present throughout the understory. Hunting on the Acadiana Conservation Corridor WMA is limited to deer by bowhunting only. No other hunting is allowed on this easement area. No firearms are allowed on this area. Additional information may be obtained from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at 5652 Hwy. 182 Opelousas, La. 70570.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Calls Special Meeting

Release Date: 08/18/2010

The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has scheduled a special meeting for 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 20, 2010, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

 1. Roll Call

 2. Consideration of Declaration of Emergency and Notice of Intent to Allow Recreational Fishing Including Recreational Charter Boat Guides in all State Waters

 3. Consideration of Request to Appropriate Federal Agencies to Expedite the Opening of Closed Waters to Fishing

 4. Public Comments

 5. Adjourn

2010-245A

About L.D.W.F.

 

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

MISSION STATEMENT

To manage, conserve, and promote wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources.

STRATEGIC PLAN

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is the state agency responsible for management of the state's renewable natural resources including all wildlife and all aquatic life. The control and supervision of these resources are assigned to the department in the Constitution of the State of Louisiana of 1974, Article IX, Section 7 and in revised statutes under Title36 and Title 56. Responsibilities related to enforcement of boating safety laws are also assigned to LDWF in Title 34, Chapter 4, Part IV.

Prudent stewardship of the state's renewable natural resources contributes significantly to the quality of life of the state's citizens and to the economic well-being of the state. We serve almost two million direct users and countless others who benefit indirectly.

LDWF supports a strong work ethic in its employees and incorporates the use of good science, accurate information, and technology in carrying out its mission. The agency continually looks for ways to improve the way we manage resources to ensure their sustainability and availability for all users now and in the future.

There are national trends that challenge all fish and wildlife agencies. Some of these include:

  • People have increasingly greater demands on their time.
  • Access to natural resources in becoming more restricted.
  • Citizens have less trust in government.
  • Funding is limited.
  • The human population is aging.
  • Complex regulations make it difficult to attract novices to hunting and fishing.
  • Wildlife habitat is shrinking because of development.
  • Increasingly urbanized public.

These national issues in addition to state issues create a challenging climate for natural resource management. To ensure success in maintaining and expanding opportunities to the users of the resources and to ensure continued sustainable populations of fish and wildlife species, the department must enhance citizen participation, create opportunities to inform the public and exchange ideas and concerns, and make decisions that include scientific, social and economic factors.

Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet

Release Date: 08/16/2010

The Louisiana Crab Task Force will meet on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Louisiana Room of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) headquarters building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. 

Agenda items will include: progress in MSC certification; impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the LA Crab Industry; and an update on the National Seafood Marketing Board.

The Crab Task Force is an industry advisory group comprised of fishermen, soft crab shedders, and dealers and processors, as well as state agency and university representatives.  The task force, established by Act No. 57 of the 2001 regular legislative session, advises the LDWF and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on matters pertaining to the management and development of the Louisiana crab industry. 

For more information, contact Laura Deslatte at 610-2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.

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L.D.W.F. Accepting Applications for Wildlife Area Management Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 08/16/2010

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for lottery hunts to be held on several Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) this upcoming hunting season. 

LDWF is sponsoring the hunts to provide a quality outdoor experience for the various hunters.  Youth, physically challenged, physically challenged wheelchair confined and general lottery hunts will be conducted.  For the second consecutive year a youth lottery squirrel hunt will be conducted on Floy W. McElroy WMA. 

Successful participants in the hunts will be selected by a randomized computer drawing.  Applications for the lottery must be submitted to LDWF before close of business on the date listed on the application.  Rules and regulations pertaining to the hunts are also included on the application. A $5 administrative fee will be charged to each applicant.
Applications and more information may be obtained by contacting your local LDWF office or by visiting the LDWF Web site at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts.

Completed applications may be delivered in person to Room 445 of the LDWF Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge or by mail.  The mailing address is: Wildlife Division WMA Lotteries, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 to the attention of the lottery application title.  For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at rmyers@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2359.

2010- 245

Mississippi Men Cited for Overlimit Bass

Release Date: 08/16/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Mississippi men on Aug. 13 for allegedly possessing over the legal limit of bass on the Mississippi river in Madison Parish.

Robert P. Herrington, 60, of Brandon, Miss., and Jerry H. Simpson, 61, of Terry, Miss., were found to be in possession of 30 largemouth bass. The daily limit for largemouth bass is 10 per person. Agents seized the bass and donated them to a local charity.

The penalty for overlimit of black bass is a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 30 days, or both plus court costs. A court order for restitution for the value of the illegally taken fish will also be filed with the case.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents, Lee Tarver, John Hendrix, Leya Grover and Brandon Miller.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.
2010-E47

Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium

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Save the date! The next Environmental Education State Symposium will be held February 27-28, 2015 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. The theme for the upcoming conference is "Biodiversity in our World." Make plans to join us!

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Environmental Education License Plate

Environmental Education License Plate

Buy A Plate to Educate!

Purchase Louisiana’s  “ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PLATE” to Educate Louisiana’s Citizens about our Environment.

Your purchase helps to fund Environmental Education grants for educators and students, the annual Environmental Education Symposium, and other programs designed to further environmental knowledge & stewardship in Louisiana.

Order your plate today!

Order by phone:      Call the Office of Motor Vehicles at 1-877-DMV-LINE (1-877-368-5463).

Have the number of your current license plate.  

Ask for the Environmental Education Plate and obtain a quote, which will include a $26* fee.

Mail your check to:

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Contacts

Inquiries may be directed to:

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

Thomas Gresham
Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
tgresham@wlf.la.gov

2014 Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Members:

Organization:

Representative:

Contact information:

BESE

Judith Miranti, Ph.D.

jmiranti@xula.edu

Board of Regents

Nancy Rabalais

nrabalais@lumcon.edu

Dept of Ag & Forestry

Wade Dubea

WDubea@ldaf.state.la.us

Dept Culture, Recreation, & Tourism

Vacant

 

Dept of Education

Ann Wilson

Ann.Wilson@la.gov

Dept of Environmental Quality

Alex Appeaning, Ph.D.

Alex.Appeaning@la.gov

Dept of Health & Hospitals

Gary Balsamo, DVM

gary.balsamo@la.gov

Dept of Natural Resources

Kelley Templet

kelley.templet@la.gov

Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries

Angela Capello

acapello@wlf.louisiana.gov

Environmental Advocacy

Jonathan Dearbone

jdearbone@tnc.org

Environmental Advocacy

Brenda Walkenhorst

bwalken@auduboninstitute.org

Environmental Scientist

Deepak Bhatnagar

Deepak.Bhatnagar@ARS.USDA.GOV

Industry1

Dean Blackett

pacdean@att.net

Industry 2

Vacant

 

LEEA, Congressional District 1

Dinah Maygarden

dmaygard@uno.edu

LEEA, Congressional District  2

Jennifer Roberts

jencarterroberts@gmail.com

LEEA, Congressional District 3

Cole Ruckstuhl

ruckstuhlc@usgs.gov

LEEA, Congressional District 4

Connie Connor

connieconner@centurytel.net

LEEA, Congressional District  5

Melanie Dupre

cajunladee65@att.net

LEEA, Congressional District 6

Dianne Lindstedt

dlindst@lsu.edu

LEEA, member at large

Heather Egger hegger@agcenter.lsu.edu

LA Science Teachers Association (LSTA)

Brenda Nixon 

bnixon@lsu.edu

Local Government

Vacant

 

LSU AgCenter

Mindy Brooks

mmbrooks@agcenter.lsu.edu

Small Business

Vacant

 

Southern University

Leodrey Williams, Ph.D

leodrey_williams@suagcenter.com

 

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