"You are part of a pioneering effort to break down barriers to participation of women in outdoor activities"
Christine L. Thomas, Ph.D., Founder of "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman"
The "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" program was started in 1991 by Doctor Christine L. Thomas, Professor of Resource Management, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. The program focuses on providing opportunities for women to learn skills that enhance and encourage participation in hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. BOW is an introductory-level workshop that teaches basic courses only. Advanced courses are taught in Beyond BOW.
In September 1994 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Information and Education Section offered its first "Becoming and Outdoors-Woman" program. It was a sellout. Today, LDWF conducts weekend workshops once a year offering more than 20 specialty courses, ranging from markswomanship to turkey hunting. The National Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Rules state that each workshop must consist of 1/3 hunting-shooting, 1/3 fishing, and 1/3 non-harvest activities to complete a balanced program. For those not interested in hunting, courses like beginning fly fishing and canoeing are offered. The woman who loves nature but not hunting and fishing can learn about outdoor photography, ecology, backpacking and more.
The program does not stop with educational courses. Unity and fellowship flourish at a "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" weekend. LDWF staff makes sure participants are well fed, entertained and housed at one of the finest educational camps in the state. The BOW workshops are held in Pollock, LA (just North of Alexandria, LA) at the Camp Grant Walker 4-H Center.
Regular check-in at the workshop is from 10a.m.-11a.m. Friday. Meals will be provided from Friday Lunch to Sunday Lunch. You will sign up for 4 hands-on educational sessions that are 3.5 hours each and are taught by LDWF personnel and qualified volunteer instructors. Accommodations are dormitory style (bunk beds) with one centrally located bathhouse. You must bring bedding, towels, and toiletry items. At night, enjoy the possibility of mini sessions, style shows, bon fires, and music. If a band is scheduled to play on Saturday night their session will last up to 11pm.
You must be 18 years of age or older to attend.
We have scholarships available.
Make for sure that you read the Course Descriptions before registering.
Forms can either be downloaded from this site, faxed to you, or requested by phone. These forms will not be available until the date below.
Next Workshop: April 4-6, 2014
Registration Begins: February 3, 2014 Cost: $200
Number of Participants: 125
Registration forms will be accepted by mail ONLY (overnight will be accepted) and must be accompanied by a check or money order. Attention: HAND DELIVERED FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED .
For more information about Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops in other states, visit www.uwsp.edu/cnr/bow
Becoming Outdoors Woman Updates
Louisiana’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman offers the standard BOW workshops and advanced workshops called Beyond BOW. Please follow the link to enter in your e-mail address to be added to our distribution list. You will receive updates on when the next BOW and Beyond BOW courses are offered, when registration for these courses will begin and other information to keep our outdoors women connected and educated about natures opportunities.
The LDWF has received permission from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) to re-direct $15 million from the $52 million grant (NOAA Grant Number NA06NMF4540319) authorized for fisheries disaster assistance by the U.S. Congress (Public Law 109-234) to monitor recovery of Gulf fisheries impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. Initially, this $15 million was part of $25 million earmarked for rehabilitating oyster bed and shrimp grounds; an activity specifically authorized under this grant. This money has now been re-directed to provide additional funding (total $18.8 million) for cooperative research programs to monitor recovery of Gulf fisheries and will be used to compensate qualified Louisiana resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers and commercial fishermen who participate by completing cooperative research surveys. Qualified participants include:
Louisiana resident commercial fishermen who held a valid 2008 resident commercial fisherman's license and had combined trip ticket-reported sales valued at $5,948 or more during the three-year period September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008. All saltwater species landings (shrimp, crab, oyster, menhaden, saltwater finfish) are included in total sales, regardless of the fisherman's parish of residence. Freshwater species landings (freshwater finfish and wild-caught crawfish) are included only if the fisherman resided in any of the 26 LDWF-identified hurricane-impacted parishes.
Louisiana resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers who held a valid 2008 resident wholesale/retail seafood dealer's license and had combined trip ticket reported purchases valued at $20,756 or more during the three-year period September 1, 2005 - August 31, 2008. All saltwater species landings (shrimp, crab, oyster, menhaden, saltwater finfish) are included in total sales, regardless of the wholesale/retail dealer's parish of operation. Freshwater species landings (freshwater finfish and wild-caught crawfish) are included only if the wholesale/retail dealer operation was located in any of the 26 LDWF-identified hurricane-impacted parishes.
LDWF will pay qualified resident wholesale/retail seafood dealers and resident commercial fishermen who submit complete AND acceptable cooperative research surveys. All survey data submitted by fishermen and wholesale/retail dealers are public records under Louisiana law. Under this plan, trip tickets dated during the eligible period but submitted after November 30, 2008, will not be considered for qualification.
The Fisheries Recovery Survey project will benefit commercial fishermen and seafood dealers. This information will also help identify lingering needs from 2005 hurricanes (e.g. debris, siltation, etc).
Any questions concerning eligibility, requests for information, etc. should be directed to the SCPDC by calling 1-800-630-3791 (toll-free) or (985) 655-1051 (local) or mailing SCPDC at P.O. Box 1240, Gray, LA 70359-9902 or visiting the SCPDC website at www.scpdc.org/fisheriesassistance.
The department determined qualifying status for the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program based on Louisiana trip ticket landings records during the qualifying period (September 2005 through August 2008), Louisiana resident commercial fishing and dealer license records for 2008, Secretary of State Incorporation standing and LDSS Delinquent Payer status. For those fisherman and/or dealers who would like to request a review of their qualifying status for Federal Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys, a reconsideration process has been implemented.
Fisherman/dealers must first call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121 to express their concern and ask to be added to the "reconsideration list".
Fisherman/dealers who would like to be reconsidered are mailed a letter. Included with this letter is a "Request Form" which must be completed and returned to LDWF within 30 days of the mailing date of the letter in order to confirm your request for review. If assistance is needed with completing the "Request Form" or you have questions, call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121. Returns postmarked later than 30 days from the date of the letter will not be accepted.
Fisherman/dealers interested in being reconsidered are then asked to call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at (225)765-2411 or (225)765-0121 to schedule an appointment to have their case heard in front of the Reconsideration Review Panel. Panel review dates currently scheduled are Tuesday December 1st and Thursday December 10th. It is very important to call the Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at the telephone numbers listed above to schedule the date and time of the review. Every effort will be made to schedule a date and time that is convenient for the requestor. The requestor will also receive a mail notice confirming the date and time of the scheduled review.
The Department has established a three-member panel to review the requests and has scheduled panel reviews at LDWF Headquarters. It is very important that all documentation supporting the claim be brought to the scheduled panel review. The party requesting review is responsible for providing verifiable proof that the department incorrectly determined their qualifying status. In order to identify and maintain confidentiality of the documentation provided, LDWF has developed a "Request for Review Chain of Custody Form" to document receipt of the information submitted. Before the documents can be examined by the review panel, LDWF staff in attendance will log this information on to the Chain of Custody Form.
Once the panel has reviewed the supporting documentation and developed its recommendation, the requester will receive written notification by mail of LDWF's final determination of the qualifying status. All determinations made by LDWF are final and cannot be appealed.
Please do not hesitate to contact the LDWF Fisheries Recovery Cooperative Research Surveys Program at the telephone numbers provided if you need assistance or additional information concerning this program.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) launched a $41 million federal fisheries disaster assistance program in May 2008 to assist the commercial and recreational fishing industry following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Funding for this program is part of supplemental appropriation from the U.S. Congress allocated to Louisiana for fisheries disaster assistance aimed at providing direct assistance to the commercial and recreational fishing industry. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC).
Who is eligible?
LDWF has distributed personal assistance payments for urgent needs to qualified residents who participated in the commercial fishing industries. Louisiana resident commercial fishermen, commercial fishing vessel license holders and wholesale/retail seafood dealers with trip ticket-recorded sales or purchases of seafood between September 1, 2004 and August 31, 2005, and who resided in the 26 LDWF-defined hurricane impacted parishes qualified for personal assistance.
Those qualifying for assistance must have trip ticket sales or purchases of seafood during the qualifying period AND held one or more licenses as follows:
Shrimp, oyster, crab, and saltwater finfish fishermen
Shrimp fishermen with a demonstrated record of compliance with turtle excluder device (TED)and bycatch reduction (BRD) regulations
Commercial fishing vessel license holders in the shrimp, oyster, saltwater fish and menhaden fisheries
Wholesale/retail seafood dealers
Freshwater finfish and wild crawfish fishermen
Charterboat operators who held a LDWF charterboat fishing guide license in fishing year 2004 or 2005 (through August 31, 2005)
Important Information & Deadlines for Program Participants
In May and June 2008, nearly 9,000 application packets were mailed to eligible participants.
Beginning in June 2008, the first payments were mailed.
Reminder notices were mailed in June 2008.
The deadline was extended from September 1 to December 1, 2008.
The reconsideration deadline expired February 27, 2009.
The first round of payments was completed in December 2008.
Reconsideration payments were completed in September 2009.
Note: LDWF distributed direct assistance payments in the order in which applications were reviewed and accepted for completeness.
South Central Planning and Development Commission (SCPDC)
1-800-630-3791 (toll free)
P.O. Box 1240
Gray, LA 70359-9902 www.scpdc.org/fisheriesassistance
**It is estimated that the total infrastructure and economic loss from hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 totaled over $750 million. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was charged with the coordination and distribution of federal recovery funds to the fishing industry.**
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham announced the following opening to recreational and commercial fishing in a portion of Bayou Lafourche and a portion of inside waters east of Bayou Lafourche in Lafourche Parish effective immediately, today June 23.
The portion of state inside waters north of 29 degrees 09 minutes 29 seconds north latitude from the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche to the Fourchon Road (LA Hwy 3090) and north of LA Hwy 1 from 90 degrees 07 minutes 00 seconds west longitude westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche and the portion of Bayou Lafourche itself north of the LA Hwy 1 bridge in Leeville.
Precautionary closures of recreational and commercial fishing have been implemented based on the best information the Secretary of the department receives from field biologists, staff and trajectory models from NOAA.
Once reports of oil are received, LDWF initiates a field survey and immediate seafood testing in the suspected areas. Closures are subsequently made with the intent to be as safe as possible, while not closing any fishing areas unnecessarily. As test results come back clearing the area, effected waters are then reopened.
LDWF continues to work closely with DHH in an effort to assess all opportunities to resume normal fishing activities on Louisiana's coast and guarantee the safety of Louisiana's seafood.
Typical work day: Begin at 6:30 a.m. and unload ~ 4 barge-loads by 6:30 p.m.
Projects are funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (grant # NA06NMF4540319) through the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (sub-award # OR-RRR-020-2006-01) as part of the recent $53 million federal fisheries rehabilitation appropriation for Louisiana in the wakes of the 2005 hurricanes. Additional projects planned for the $53M include oyster rehabilitation on private oyster leases, debris removal on traditional fishing grounds, and cooperative research to monitor recovery of fishery resources impacted by the hurricanes of 2005.
Is it too late to sign up for the POLR Program?
Yes, it is too late to sign up to participate in the POLR Program, but you can still fill out a pre-application to be considered for any future program(s) if any are created.
When will my contract end?
All POLR contracts (Cooperative Endeavor Agreements) will terminate on June 30, 2009. That is the last day rehabilitation work can be performed for reimbursement purposes unless an amendment for the account was signed by June 30, 2009; which extended the deadline to December 31, 2009.
Do I need to do anything before I perform rehabilitation work?
You must contact the state prior to leaving the dock each day to operate under the terms of the POLR Cooperative Endeavor Agreement. The POLR 24-hour call-in number is 1-888-429-2460. Be prepared to provide the following:
Your name (person performing the work)
Leaseholder account name and account number
Date(s) and time(s) rehabilitation work will be performed
Type of rehabilitation activity
Lease number and/or public grounds where work will be performed (ex: Seeds from Black Bay Public Ground to lease #XXXXXX)
Do I have to call-in when I'm finished?
No, unless you are unable to go out as planned or you are returning earlier than expected due to weather, mechanical trouble, etc. The POLR call-in number is 1-888-429-2460.
What if I don't have cell phone service in the area I plan to work?
You should call the 24-hour call-in service before leaving the dock. You may also place your call the night before the work is performed.
What information should be included in my wheelhouse log?
As per the POLR contract, each wheelhouse log should contain the following information:
Date work was performed
Location (lease number work was performed on and/or public grounds, if harvesting seed oysters)
Start time and end time (time that you left/came back to dock)
Activity performed (ex: bedding)
Amount of material placed on lease (ex: 15 poles or 200 barrels), if applicable
Vessel name and/or number
Printed name and signature of person who performed the work
Make sure dates from your wheelhouse logs agree with POLR Vessel Log sheets and reimbursement form.
Can I use the DHH Time-Temperature Log Sheets as my wheelhouse log?
Yes, as long as the DHH Time-Temperature Log Sheet contains all the information required of wheelhouse logs (see above), those may used.
Or you may call the POLR Program at 225-765-2940 or 225-765-2411
Where do I send my reimbursement requests?
All reimbursement requests must be sent to:
South Central Planning and Development Commission
ATTN: POLR Program
5058 West Main St.
P.O. Box 1870
Gray, LA 70359
How long will it take to receive my reimbursement payment?
Once you submit reimbursement paperwork to South Central Planning and Development Commission, reimbursement generally takes four to six weeks from the time of submittal if all paperwork is complete and in order.
Will I receive a paper check or a JP Morgan-Chase Pay card for my reimbursement payment?
In order to provide reimbursement funds to you more quickly, we have discontinued paper check reimbursement payments for individual leaseholder accounts under the POLR program. Individual leaseholders account reimbursement payments will be credited to the individual paycard. Partnerships, corporations, etc. will continue to receive paper checks for reimbursement payments.
How do I activate my JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card?
All POLR venders should be able to easily activate their JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card through the customer service number located on the back of the card (1-866-795-3890). To assist the customer Service representative, be sure to mention the POLR profile name, which is LA WF OYSTER LEASEHOLDERS PROG.
What if I did not receive a JP Morgan-Chase Pay card or I lost my card?
Call JP Morgan-Chase customer service at 1-866-795-3890. To assist the Customer Service representative, be sure to mention the POLR name, which is LA WF OYSTER LEASEHOLDERS PROG.
How do I know if a reimbursement payment has been credited to my JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card?
You may call 1-866-795-3890 to check the daily balance on your card. That number can also be found on the back of each JP Morgan-Chase Pay Card. In addition, you will be mailed a deposit statement each time a reimbursement payment has been credited to your account. The profile name with JP Morgan-Chase for the Pay Cards is LA WF OYSTER LEASEHOLDERS PROG. It is helpful to reference this profile name when calling JP Morgan-Chase about cardholder issues.
Who do I call with questions about the POLR program?
For additional information, please contact the POLR Program at 225-765-2940; 225-765-2411;
Project summary: This program provides reimbursement assistance to participating oyster leaseholders who perform documented oyster rehabilitation activities on their oyster leases.
Pre-application Period: Program notification was mailed to all oyster leaseholders, and leaseholders were provided with a pre-application period beginning December 29, 2006 and ending March 02, 2007.
Participants: Of the approximately 1,200 existing oyster leaseholders, 741 pre-applied to participate in the program.
Oyster leaseholders who pre-applied to participate in the program received a packet of information in the mail early May 2007. The packet included a draft copy of the POLR Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (contract) along with other information about program requirements.
Participating leaseholders attended one of multiple signup meetings held throughout the coast of Louisiana to sign their POLR contract (or they arranged to sign the contract at Baton Rouge headquarters on an individual basis). Of the 741 who pre-applied, approximately 580 signed and executed contracts with LDWF.
Program funding level: Approximately $12 million
Program duration: May 25, 2007 to June 30, 2009. * An amendment to extend the deadline to December 31, 2009 was offered to all accounts that had unreimbursed funds as of May 2009. The amendment had to be signed by an appropriate representative and returned to LDWF by June 30, 2009 in order to officially extend the deadline.
Reimbursement Rate and Limit: A maximum reimbursement limit for each leaseholder account was tabulated using reimbursement rates. Reimbursement rates were based on biological assessments of oyster resources on public grounds immediately after the hurricanes of 2005. It was determined that greater impact to oyster resources occurred in the area encompassing Lafourche parish and east (Impact Zone A) than in the area encompassing Terrebonne parish and west (Impact Zone B). Using that determination as a foundation, and incorporating the leased acreage held in each impact zone per participating leaseholder, reimbursements rates were set as follows:
Impact Zone A (Lafourche parish and east): $42.16 per acre of leases held by leaseholder
Impact Zone B (Terrebonne parish and west): $28.10 per acre of leases held by leaseholder
Example: John Doe owns lease number 12345, which contains 100 acres and is located in Plaquemines Parish (east of Lafourche Parish). His maximum reimbursement limit is $4,216.00.
100 acres X $42.16/acre = $4,216.00
Reimbursement Cap: No one individual may receive more than $200,000 in total reimbursement assistance, regardless of the total oyster lease acres or number of oyster leaseholder accounts an individual owns.
The first approved reimbursement payments were mailed in July 2007.
The table below shows the progress of the POLR Program (As of March 31, 2010):
Total Money Reimbursed
Total Leases Rehabilitated
Total Acres Rehabilitated
Total Material Placed
Percentage of Total Reimbursement
Oyster Transplanting (Bedding)
Replacement of Documents
1 Total based upon that which is reported by participating leaseholders on reimbursement documents 2 One barrel=two sacks
For more information, contact POLR Program at 225-765-2940; 225-765-2411; 225-765-2382 or 225-765-2387
Federal Fisheries Recovery Programs
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
It is estimated that the total infrastructure and economic loss from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 totaled over $750 million. The Lousisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was charged with the coordination and distribution of federal recovery funds to the fishing industry.
The Louisiana Wholesale-Retail Dealer Grant Program (WDG) is designed to provide grants to wholesale-retail dealer impacted by the storms that have shown a commitment to remain in the fishery and can prove losses based on the programs design. Funds can be used by eligible wholesale-retail dealers to assist with paying down storm related uninsured and non-covered losses. Funds can be used to reduce payments of storm related fishery losses that are currently being financed at higher interest rates. Funds can be used to repair or replace gear and/ or for other eligible items that were lost or damaged during the 2008 storms. These funds will allow these firms to maintain employment and or return and or hire employees. The State will capture information on these firms at closing.
Program Size: - $8 million
Eligible: Wholesale-Retail Dealers
The WDG program is only eligible to Wholesale-Retail Dealers that hold a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries resident 2008 and 2010 wholesale-retail dealer license, be able to prove $15,000 tangible loss and/or business experienced a decline of $15,000 in gross receipts and sales in 2006, 2007 or 2008 (pre-storm) versus 2008 or 2009 (post-storm) and provide other documents.
Individuals or businesses currently in bankruptcy proceeding are NOT eligible.
Funding: Applicants can apply for up to $100,000 for this 100% grant based on approval and availability of funds. If, after the close of the application period, the total request for funds exceeds the program allocation, the state will use a pro-rata allocation process to make individual awards that is based on applicants? revenue that is derived from commercial fishing.
Based on program demand at the close of the application process, the state will announce the final pro-rata formula and allocation if it is found to be necessary.