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Commercial Alligator Hunter Cited for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/07/2011


September  7, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial alligator hunter for alleged alligator violations on Sept. 2 in Ascension Parish.

While patrolling the McElroy Swamp area, agents came into contact with Arnold Villeneurve, 65, of Sorrento.  Agents found Villeneurve with two untagged alligators in his possession.  After further investigation, agents revealed Villeneurve had seven more untagged previously caught alligators stored in a cooler located at his residence.

Agents issued Villeneurve citations for nine counts of failing to tag alligators upon harvest.  Violation of this statue carries a fine of $450 to $950, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court costs for each count and forfeiture of anything seized.

The nine alligators were seized along with 25 unused alligator tags that were assigned to Villeneurve.  In addition to fines and penalties, Villeneurve may be subject to pay restitution for each of the alligators seized and the loss of future hunting privileges.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Hal Bridges and Sgt. Todd Laviolette.

For more information contact Adam Einck at

LDWF Reminds Residents to Report Tropical Storm Lee-Related Fish Kills

Release Date: 09/03/2011

Sept. 3, 2011 - Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are reminding residents in areas that may be impacted by Tropical Storm Lee that fish kills may occur as a result of the storm. Residents who encounter a fish kill are encouraged to call 1-800-442-2511 immediately to report this fish kill. 

Large amounts of rainfall across Southern Louisiana may cause fish kills, particularly in the Lake Verret Complex, Lake Fausse Point or other natural waterbodies surrounded by lands converted from forests to agricultural land. High levels of rainfall may erode organic matter, carrying it into bayous and canals connected to lakes. Organic matter may consume high amounts of dissolved oxygen in the water "suffocating" aquatic life.

Fish kills may also be caused by the rapid mixing of stratified waters or layers of warm oxygenated water over cooler anoxic water. In some instances, the result will be that the water can no longer support underwater life.

In the past, tropical storms have caused fish kills in these types of waterbodies. Localized fish kills may also occur in the Atchafalaya Basin. 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries contact Olivia Watkins at 225-610-8660 or


L.D.W.F. Advises Public That Tropical Storm Lee Has Impacted the Public Dove Hunt Scheduled in Grant Parish

Release Date: 09/03/2011

Sept. 3, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) advises hunters that Tropical Storm Lee has affected parking available at the private land leased for dove hunters in Grant Parish today, Sept. 3

The hunt, scheduled from noon to sunset on 310 acres of harvested milo, will be conducted as scheduled. Parking will be limited to the Red River levee, however, and hunters will have to walk to the dove field. No ATVs will be allowed on the private land that has been leased for the opening day of the 2011-12 dove season.

Participating hunters should exit I-49 at Boyce and travel on Hwy. 8 north across the Red River. Turn left after the bridge and follow the levee road less than 1 mile, as posted signs indicate.  LDWF personnel will be present at the field to issue permits and monitor the hunt.  Hunters 16 years of age and older are charged $10 to hunt, while hunters 15 years of age and younger hunt for free. Permits will be issued on a first come, first serve basis until the field is filled.

For more information about public dove hunting opportunities, go to

For more information regarding this press release contact Fred Kimmel at or 225-335-0657.


LDWF Agents Cite Five Subjects for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/02/2011


September 2, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five Shreveport subjects for alleged alligator violations on Aug. 27.

LDWF agents received an anonymous Operation Game Thief complaint concerning an alligator that was killed on Cross Lake within Caddo Parish in July of 2011.  After further investigation, agents were able to identify five suspects. 

The five suspects confessed to agents of their involvement in the taking and possessing of an alligator.  Agents also found and seized a 60-inch long alligator skin from the residence of one of the suspects.

Agents cited Robert Arnett, 23, and Laura Grice, 18, for illegal possession of an alligator.  Daniel Grice, 20, Adam Parisy, 20, and Cory Lubking, 24, were all cited for taking an alligator during a closed season and taking an alligator without a license.

Illegal possession of an alligator and taking an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.  Taking an alligator without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. Troy Parker, Senior Agent Toby Meyers, Senior Agent Frank Reger and Lt. Roy Schufft.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

Texas Fishermen Cited for Federal Fishing Violations

Release Date: 09/02/2011


September 2, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four men on Aug. 29 for alleged fisheries violations in federal waters. 

Agents cited Kevin Hai Vo, 53, of Houston, Texas; Dien Xuan Le, 47, of Dickinson, Texas; Hai Tan Pham, 47, of San Leon, Texas; and My J Lam, 45, of Houston, Texas for possessing over the limit of cobia and failing to keep saltwater finfish intact.

The daily possession limit for cobia is two per person.  Agents seized 10 cobia and 84 pounds of cobia filets.

Possessing over the limit of cobia brings a fine between $100 and $350, up to 60 days in jail or both.  Failing to keep saltwater finfish intact carries a fine between $250 and $500, up to 90 days in jail or both.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Brian Theriot, Sgt. Mitch Darby, Sgt. Keith Delahoussaye and Senior Agent Derek Logan.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

Pearl River W.M.A. Adds Acreage With Donation From The Nature Conservancy

Release Date: 09/02/2011

Sept. 2, 2011 – An additional 586 acres has been added to the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area for outdoor recreational activities, thanks to a donation from The Nature Conservancy.  

“We are pleased to announce the addition of these lands at minimal cost to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “We appreciate the generosity of The Nature Conservancy and their long-term commitment to protecting the natural resources of our state.”

The newly acquired property is located near the intersection of US 190 and US 90 at White Kitchen in St. Tammany Parish.  It includes freshwater marsh and cypress-tupelo swamp, and an elevated boardwalk on the property that allows WMA visitors the opportunity to view local flora and fauna.  A bald eagle nest is also located on the property.

Keith Ouchley, Louisiana State Director for The Nature Conservancy, stated: “The Conservancy has long supported the efforts of LDWF to protect and manage lands within the PearlRiver Basin, which is one of the most intact and biologically significant river systems in the South.  The former White Kitchen Tract was one of the first preserves acquired by the Conservancy in Louisianaand we are confident that the transfer to LDWF will provide additional resources for management while increasing recreational opportunities for the public.”

The existing WMA includes over 35,000 acres and consists of a variety of habitats including bottomland hardwoods, cypress-tupelo swamp, shrub-scrub marsh, freshwater marsh, and intermediate marsh.  Hunting opportunities are available for deer, waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit, feral hogs and alligators.

For more information and directions to Pearl River WMA, visit the LDWF web site at contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4781.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. For more information, visit us at or call the Louisianaoffice at (225) 338-1040.


LDWF Schedules Drawdown For Lake Claiborne

Release Date: 09/02/2011

(Sept. 2, 2011)– The water control structure on Lake Claiborne near Homer, La., will be opened soon after Labor Day for a lake drawdown.  The lake will be lowered seven feet below pool stage and will remain lowered until early January 2012.

The action is in response to a request by the Claiborne Parish Watershed Commission to allow for maintenance to shoreline properties.  In addition, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will use the drawdown period to facilitate needed maintenance work to La. Highway 2 and to conduct a thorough inspection of the dam and control structure. 

ClaiborneLakewill not be closed to fishing, but caution is advised of anglers as boat access into the lake will be limited and boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions. 

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Evan Thames, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (318) 371-5216.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-5113.


Release Date: 09/02/2011

Turkey Hunting Areas 2012

Sept. 2, 2011 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) presented an amended notice of intent for the 2012 turkey season dates and regulations at the Sept. 1 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Based on public comment collected since the original notice of intent was adopted in July, LDWF recommended reverting to the same area designations used for the 2011 turkey season. The proposed north and south zones were removed from the department’s July proposal, resulting in a recommendation of a uniform opening statewide on the fourth Saturday of March.

The newly proposed area designations and dates would include:  Area A, March 24 to April 22; Area B, March 24 to April 15; and Area C, March 24 to April 8. The daily bag limit would remain one gobbler, and the season limit would be two gobblers.

Special private land youth hunts for those 17 years of age and younger and hunts for wheelchair confined hunters would take place on March 17-18, 2012 in all areas.

The revised notice of intent would also alter previously proposed turkey season dates for LDWF Wildlife Management Areas and special lottery hunts.

Public comment on these issues can be submitted to Jimmy Stafford, Turkey Program Manager, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, by Oct. 6, 2011.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or

WAIT! WAIT! SAVE THIS DATE! New date & location for the 2012 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium


Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium
March 10, 2012
Crowne Plaza
Lafayette, Louisiana

Please disregard the earlier date reservation. The date and location had to be changed due to circumstances beyond our control.

2012 is the Year of Outdoor Teaching! Join us for a day of exciting environmental education sessions and earn needed CLUs!

The 2012 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium, sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC), will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, LA this year, allowing for more participation from other portions of the state.

We’ll offer concurrent sessions, an exhibitors’ hall, presentations, and short courses, with many emphasizing the how-to’s of successfully educating students using the great outdoors. Whether it’s local (recent Mississippi River flood …) or global (climate change…), we‘ll have the experts and the resources to help you educate your students! So mark your calendars and make plans to join us for some fun, games, and learning!

For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255,,

WEEKLY eNEWS: Grants, Upcoming Events/Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities/Participation Requests, Resources, and Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

The LEEC Resources page has a comprehensive list of website links compiled for your convenience. View our current listing for easy access to government, non-profits, organizations, current topics, etc.! We’ve got information for educators, students, and the general public. Please visit us at: An excel spreadsheet with links is also available to download.


GreenWorks! Grants (Deadline: September 30)
Project Learning Tree® (PLT), an award-winning national environmental education program for educators and their students in grades preK–12, is providing GreenWorks! grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. GreenWorks! is PLT's service-learning program that encourages students to "learn by doing" through community action projects they design and implement to improve an aspect of their school or their neighborhood's environment. It blends community service with academic curriculum to link classroom learning to the real world. Some examples of past grant projects include energy conservation, habitat restoration, and watershed improvement. To learn more or apply for a grant, visit the program website. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2011.

Target Fieldtrip Grants
Each Target store nationwide will award three Target Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools — enabling one in 25 schools throughout the U.S. to send a classroom on a field trip. These grants provide students in all 50 states with the opportunity to enhance their studies in the arts, math, science and social studies. Each grant is valued up to $700.

Help their Gardens Grow – Grant a School’s Garden Wish! (Deadline: December 31)
Whole Foods Market charitable foundation, Whole Kids in Partnership with Foods Corps, a national service organization, are dedicated to reversing the trend in childhood obesity by engaging children in physical and academic school garden activities. The two organizations have partnered to offer a unique grant opportunity. $2,000 grant to offer to school, districts or school-affiliated nonprofit organizations. Apply from August 17-December 31, 2011 and first grants awarded February 2012, Access details and the application online at: Gardening helps children learn about making better food choices, encourage physical activity, reduce sedentary behavior, and lead to healthier environments at home, at school and in the community. At the same time, gardens, provide a positive reason for school communities to come together, with parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers and children working together to green our communities. For more information visit:,, and

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at

AMS DataStreme Ocean: A Free Graduate Level Online Science Course
DataStreme Oceans is a 12 week online class (with three Saturday course meetings per semester) for K-12 teachers that use oceanography as a basis for class activities. Books and materials are free to teacher participants who will also receive three graduate hours of credit from the State University of New York. We have 3 optional meetings per semester for mentoring if needed. The course can be completed through online mentoring and email.  Download an application from the website: apply and mail or fax the application to Linda Wygoda DS-Ocean LIT Leader at the number or address below. Enrollment is limited to only 8 participants per semester. For more information or to register for the class please contact: Linda Wygoda,, 337-478-5560. Flyer and application are also included below.

Recreational Water Quality Criteria 2011 Stakeholder Webinar (September 20)
The EPA is conducting a webinar on selected presentations from the 2011 Stakeholder Meeting on EPA's Development of New or Revised Water Quality Criteria. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm EDT. The purpose of the webinar is to obtain input from interested stakeholders who were unable to attend the face-to-face meeting in New Orleans in June 2011. Stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide feedback to EPA on the general direction and EPA's evaluation and current thinking for the new or revised recreational water quality criteria. For more information and to register for the webinar, go to: The final agenda, presentations and summary from the 2011 Stakeholder Meeting can also be found at the above link.

Upcoming NOAA Science Seminars/Webinars
The OneNOAA Science discussion seminar series is a joint effort to help share science and management information and to promote constructive dialogue between scientists, educators, and resource managers. To keep informed about upcoming seminars, subscribe to a weekly email by visiting or send and email to with the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject or body (don’t include the quotes).

Queen of the Sun (September 22)
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is an in-depth investigation to discover the causes and solutions behind Colony Collapse Disorder; a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from their hives, never to return. Queen of The Sun follows the voices and visions of underrepresented beekeepers, philosophers, and scientists around the world, all struggling for the survival of the bees. While other bee films focus exclusively on commercial beekeepers, this film emphasizes the biodynamic and organic communities who have differing opinions from many commercial beekeepers and are overlooked in other films. This is a free event presented by LSUE Foundation and Friends of the LeDoux Library and Pack & Paddle. To read more on the story:

National Estuaries Day (September 24)
To find out more about National Estuaries Day and the events scheduled on that day please visit their website.
American Shore & Beach Preservation Association’s Expanding Coastal Horizons meeting (October 19-21), New Orleans, LA:

Green Fire - a film about Aldo Leopold (October 6)
Green Fire - a film about Aldo Leopold See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world, highlighting modern projects that put Leopold’s land ethic in action in a multitude of ways. Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the US Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and Nature. This is a free event presented by SPEAK, Friends of the Arboretum and Pack & Paddle. Movie will be shown at the Lafayette Pack & Paddle on October 6th at 6 PM.

Basinkeeper Paddle Trip - Fausse Point (October 23)
Join Dean Wilson, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, for a very special paddletour. The backdrop for this trip will be the Fausse Point Area of the Atchafalaya Basin. Dean will be your guide as we paddle through the Cypress and Tupelo of this beautiful area. This trip is a great way to get to know the basin. This special paddle trip is dedicated as a fundraiser for the Basinkeeper program. The $65 trip fee includes your canoe, paddles, pfd's, guide and fish fry at Fausse Point State Park after the trip. Every penny collected for this trip goes directly to support the Basinkeeper program. For more information, visit: Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Paddle Trip


Volunteers Needed: Help Restore Elmer's Island (September 10; 10:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Bayou Land RC&D Council invite you to participate in a wetland restoration project that will create sand dunes along the shoreline of Elmer’s Island in Grand Isle. This area provides essential protection for Louisiana’s inland communities and wetlands, and it was severely impacted by recent hurricanes and the 2010 oil spill. This project is being completed through a partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, NOAA Community-based Restoration Program, Restore America's Estuaries, and New Orleans City Park.  All equipment (shovels, gloves, hammers, etc.) will be provided.  Lunch and drinks will be provided to all volunteers. Please register online at the or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at (888)-LACOAST for more information.

Come Mentor with EnvironMentors!
EnvironMentors is an afterschool environmental science mentoring and college access program housed in the LSU School of the Coast and Environment. Our high school students and mentors participate in a variety of science-driven activities, including water quality monitoring, skills workshops, and environmental field trips. The ultimate goal of the program is for the students and their mentors to develop a simple environmental research project on a topic of the student’s choosing to be presented at our Science Fair in April 2012. The students with the top 3 projects win all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to compete in the National Fair. We had a very successful inaugural year, with 2 of our students winning awards and scholarships at the National EnvironMentors Science Fair. We are looking forward to another successful year, and are currently looking for new mentors! We welcome all environmental and science professionals, faculty, and graduate students in Baton Rouge to mentor one-to-one or team mentor. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Courtney Saari at and check the national EM website at: or our local website at:

National Ocean Council Seeks Nominations for Advisory Committee (September 15)
The National Ocean Council's formal advisory committee, the Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP), will be seeking nominations for members. Current ORAP members include representatives of the National Academies, ocean industries, State governments, academia, and others, including eminent individuals in the fields of marine science, marine policy, and related areas such as ocean resource management. Anyone (including any organization) may nominate qualified individuals (including one's self) for membership on the panel. The deadline for nominations is 15 September 2011. If you require information, please contact CDR Stephen D. Martin, U.S. Navy, at or check out the following link: the-ocean-research-advisorypanel?utm_content=previous&utm_medium=PrevNext&utm_source=Article#p-6

National Climate Assessment Request for Information
The Southeast region seeks comments from the public in providing technical inputs and/or offering assessment capacity on topics related to the National Climate Assessment (NCA) and that are of particular interest and concern in the southeast region. We are looking to make this an encompassing effort where studies or activities that have been undertaken/conducted in this region can be considered for input into the technical document that will be offered to the National Assessment writing team on March 1, 2012. Review the information needs and requirements at General comments and expressions of interest should be submitted via e-mail to Emily Therese Cloyd at The suggested format for the expressions of interest is described in the federal register notice. Please also copy Keith Ingram – the SE regional coordinator: More information on the NCA process, including the strategic plan, proposed report outline, and information about the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee (NCADAC), can be found at



Marsh Fires Fact Sheet
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has developed a fact sheet for residents who are impacted by the marsh fires. See attachment below.

Press Release: LUMCON and Partners Receives $13 million BP GRI Award
Attached below is a press release on upcoming funding for environmental research for LUMCON related to the BP spill. For more information, please contact Nancy N. Rabalais, or R. Eugene Turner, For more information about the GRI or the Research Board, please visit

USGS Releases New Video on Coastal Land Loss in Louisiana
The U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center is pleased to announce the release of a new Louisiana coastal land loss video, detailing key findings portrayed in its new coastal map. The video can be found in the USGS Multimedia Gallery: or on This new video illustrates findings from the new Coastal Louisiana Land Area Change Map. The map will afford opportunities to better understand the timing and causes of coastal wetlands loss. This information is critical for forecasting landscape changes in the future. To learn more about the new USGS Coastal Louisiana Land Area Change Map and video visit: Contact Gabrielle B. Bodin at (337) 266-8655 or for more information.

Become a NASA Explorer School
Participate in the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project?! You can use FREE classroom resources, collaborate with other teachers and provide you with a wealth of multimedia resources. To learn more about NES, download the "About NES” video to see what NES is all about. Watch the "How to Register” video to see how easy it is to become an NES participant. Or you can or you can visit the NES YouTube Channel at: where you can find enticing teaser clips of NASA Now episodes. For more information, e-mail the NES Help Desk



We’ve Got To Be That Light - A Gift to Teachers across America Scroll down on the left side to access the video, We’ve Got to be the Light. You can also download the music and narrations combined with visuals that are the set of videos called the “Symphony of Science”. Some of those video segments are ideal for introducing subjects such as the universe, What is science? (Poetry of Reality segment), and the evolution of life in “The unbroken Thread”, and the one on DNA. The video mix was collaborated by Jeff Goldstein, Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (, and John Boswell, Symphony of Science ( as a gift to America's teachers to let them know how important their job is to our children, our communities, and this great nation.

Campaign Targets Gulf Coast Homeowners
Developed by a partnership between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education and Nutrient Priority Issue Teams, Smart Yard, Healthy Gulf is a new public education campaign designed to reduce fertilizers entering local waters by helping people make responsible lawn fertilizer decisions. The campaign was kicked off this summer and includes guidelines for fertilizer and lawn care in Louisiana. Read more...


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255,
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124,
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries –


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