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City of New Orleans’s to Host Household Hazardous Waste Day - June 11, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - This past Monday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the City will sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, June 11, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue.

On Household Hazardous Waste Day, the Department of Sanitation will collect a number of every day household items which are no longer in use by residents and should not be thrown away with regular garbage or in curbside recycling containers. Some of the items accepted include batteries, televisions, paint, light bulbs, oil, mercury devices, aerosols, pesticides and household cleaners.

"This is a safe way of disposing with materials that could be hazardous to residents, and we encourage people to start saving these items now and drop them off to us on June 11," said Mayor Landrieu.

Additionally, the City's free curbside recycling services began on May 2, 2011. Residents who are not yet participating in the recycling program but who would like to register may sign up at Carts will be provided by the City only on request. Residents may also fill out the Recycling Service Notice manually and mail it or drop it off to City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street, Room 1W03, New Orleans, LA 70112 or fax it to (504) 658-3801.

Residents may also use their blue or black recycling bins that were used before Hurricane Katrina. The plastic bins must be marked for recyclables and residents must register for services.

Collection maps and schedules for Richards and Metro Disposal service areas may also be found on the City's website.

As a result of adding regular curbside recycling services for most of New Orleans, the City will reduce its ongoing recycling and e-waste drop-off to once a month, the second Saturday of each month, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue. Residents are encouraged to drop off their unused or unwanted electronic items (computers, monitors, keyboards, speakers, cell phones, digital cameras, etc.) or recycling items on these days.

For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Day, please email or call the Department of Sanitation at (504) 658-3800.
Curbside Recycling Registration Form
Department Of Sanitation

To register for recycling services, visit or call the Department of Sanitation.

Volunteer Opportunities, Grants, Programs & Resources


Grand Isle State Park – Saturday June 25, 2011, 10 am- 3 pm
          The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the National Wildlife Federation invite you to participate in a marsh restoration project on the shoreline of Grand Isle State Park. This area provides essential protection for our inland communities and wetlands and was severely impacted by recent hurricanes and the 2010 oil spill. One thousand mangrove trees will be planted which will assist in stabilizing and capturing sand in the hopes of building dunes. In addition, the project will also create wildlife habitat, increase species diversity and provide a seed source for natural regeneration.
          All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, dibbles, etc.), sunscreen and bug spray will be provided. Drinks and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Old tennis shoes or knee boots are recommended. Volunteers will be planting along the beach and into the marsh behind the island. Please be prepared to get wet and muddy. Comfortable clothes that can get dirty will be needed (a change of clothes and towel for the end of the day is also recommended).
          This restoration event is supported by National Wildlife Federation, Nicholls State University, and Grand Isle State Park. Register online at or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at (888)-LACOAST for more information. For information:

Provide input to U.S. National Ocean Policy (Deadline: July 2)
          The National Ocean Council announced that the public will have 30 days to comment on the strategic action plan outlines for each of the nine objectives in the National Ocean Policy. Writing teams composed of representatives from the National Ocean Council agencies developed these outlines to provide an initial view as to how federal agencies might address the priority objectives. They are preliminary documents that serve as an early and valuable point in the plan development process for focusing public and stakeholder input. We encourage you to submit comments and ideas by the deadline--July 2, 2011.



YSI Foundation "Minding the Planet" Grant Request for Proposals (Deadline: July 1)
          YSI Foundation is pleased to seek proposals for research projects that focus on data collection to assess changes in the environment. Research on quantifying change from artificial disasters (i.e. pollution), natural disasters (i.e. oil spills, flooding), or climate change (i.e. water acidification), and the use of environmental data to demonstrate the changes is preferred.
          This year the YSI Foundation will award two grants $25,000 to the first recipient selected by an Outside Selection Committee and $15,000 to the second recipient. Applications are due by Friday, July 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Only electronic applications will be accepted. All applications must be emailed to by no later than this time. Previous individual recipients are not eligible.
Requirements Details and Documents
Contact for information and application submittal: Susan Miller, Foundation President – 937-657-1710 (cell) or



NOAA NMFS MARFIN Southeast Region FFO Announcement (Deadline: July 18)
          The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Region, is seeking proposals under the Marine Fisheries Initiative Program (MARFIN), for research and development projects that optimize the use of fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and off the South Atlantic states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida involving the U.S. fishing industry (recreational and commercial), including fishery biology, resource assessment, socioeconomic assessment, management and conservation, selected harvesting methods, and fish handling and processing. This program addresses NOAA's mission goal to "Protect, Restore, and Manage the Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources Through an Ecosystem Approach to Management." See attachment for more information.



How Are Louisiana Wetlands Changed Over Time?
New Map Shows Losses and Gains Since 1932

          Coastal Louisiana has lost a wetland area the size of Delaware, equaling 1,883 square miles, over the past 78 years, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center study. Twenty-five percent of the wetland area present in 1932 was lost by 2010. The impacts on human populations, the oil and gas infrastructure, fisheries and wildlife will be considerable if coastal wetlands continue to disappear.
          The USGS National Wetlands Research Center has developed a new map that illustrates wetland losses and gains on the Louisiana coastline from 1932-2010. This product provides opportunities to better understand the timing and causes of wetland loss, which are critical for forecasting landscape changes in the future. This color-coded map can be found online. USGS provides science for a changing world. Visit, and follow us on Twitter @USGS and our other social media channels. Subscribe to our news releases via e-mail, RSS or Twitter. Links and contacts within this release are valid at the time of publication.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Information Exchange for Marine Educators – June 2011
          The attached document contains information that has been compiled from many different sources, including EE-NEWS@NAAEE, scuttlebutt, EEinGEORGIA, the Scout Report, and others. Contact the editor directly at, or by phone at (865) 932-5074, to discuss further enhancements or to contribute information for future issues. For a PDFcopy of the current newsletter and archives of information from past issues of the Information Exchange for Marine Educators, go to See attachment for more information.

Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) - New Products
          In 2003 the CWPPRA Task Force granted approval to the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for the implementation of the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) in coastal Louisiana. CRMS was designed to assess the effectiveness of individual coastal restoration projects and the cumulative effects of multiple projects at regional and coastwide scales. Wetland monitoring data such as, hourly water level and salinity, plant species composition and cover, and soil elevation and accretion, are collected from 390 monitoring sites which are located in all marsh types and hydrologic basins.
          The CRMS Vegetation Analytical Team has developed a Floristic Quality Index for coastal Louisiana to determine the quality of a wetland based on its plant species composition and abundance. Two USGS series reports were recently released that describe the development of the FQI and how this index, along with other indices, can be used to assess wetland condition and evaluate restoration project effectiveness. A USGS factsheet and a USGS open-file report are available for download from the USGS Publications Warehouse (;


Construction Completed on Louisiana’s Largest Limestone Inshore Artificial Reef

Release Date: 06/07/2011

Construction Completed on Louisiana’s Largest Limestone Inshore Artificial Reef
Construction Completed on Louisiana’s Largest Limestone Inshore Artificial Reef


CCA, LDWF and partners complete historic project at Independence Island Reef

JUNE 7, 2011- The Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) have completed construction on Independence Island Reef, believed to be the largest limestone inshore artificial reef project ever in Louisiana. Work crews finished the job on Monday afternoon.

“This project is the result of nearly two years of hard work and dedication by CCA volunteers, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and NOAA,” said David Cresson, CCA Louisiana Executive Director. “We are so appreciative of all of them for their incredible commitment to this important project. Anglers and their families will enjoy the benefits of this reef for generations.”

“The recreational fishing industry has sustained a number of challenges over the last six years – hurricanes, the BP oil spill and recent flood waters from the Mississippi River have and will continue to impact our inshore reefs along Louisiana’s coast,” said LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina. “Projects like this one are an essential component in restoring our recreational fisheries. We are incredibly grateful for Governor Jindal, Secretary Barham, CCA and of all our partners for their leadership in what is an essential effort to rebuild areas along our coast that have been damaged by erosion.”

Nearly 8,000 tons of limestone were dropped from barges onto four acres about three miles Northeast of Grand Isle, where Independence Island was once located. The total site acreage is more than 50 acres. The center of the reef is located at 29° 18' 26.98" N, -89° 56' 01.01"W and will be marked by several mooring buoys.  The buoys will be deployed later this month.

Cresson also thanked a number of additional partners who helped make the project possible, namely Shell Oil Company, The Paul Candies Family, Vulcan Materials and Bertucci Contractors.

“Without their generosity and their commitment to conservation, this project would not have been possible,” Cresson said.

Shell Oil Company made a lead gift to CCA Building Conservation Program and helped announce the project last December.

“Shell is proud to have been part of this project through CCA’s Building Conservation Program,” said John Hollowell, Executive Vice President, Deep Water for Shell Upstream Americas.  “Shell remains committed the Gulf Coast and the people who live there, so the Independence Island Reef project was a great way for us to give back.”

Funding for the project was also made available through LDWF’s Artificial Reef Development Fund.

CCA Conservation Committee Chairman John Walther says he expects the reef to start holding fish in the coming months.

“Reefs we have built in the past have proven to provide great habitat for our favorite species, like speckled trout and redfish,” said Walther. “I expect anglers will be landing nice catches from the new reef before the end of the summer.”

CCA Louisiana is the largest marine resource conservation group of its kind in the state. With more than 30,000 members and volunteers in 24 local chapters, CCA has been active in state, national and international fisheries management issues since 1977. Visit CCA at for more information, on Facebook or Twitter @CCALouisiana.

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.


For more information contact Olivia Watkins at 225-610-8660 or

June 11-12 Free Fishing Weekend Provides Opportunity to Enjoy Louisiana's Outdoors

Release Date: 06/06/2011

June 6, 2011 – Louisiana’s “Free Fishing Weekend” provides a great opportunity for Louisiana citizens and visitors to enjoy the state’s bountiful fisheries resources on June 11 and 12.

The event is part of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) efforts to attract more participants into the ranks of licensed fishermen.  Fishing license fees support LDWF's conservation efforts including habitat management.

The promotional fishing dates offer novices, and anglers who haven’t been on the water recently, an opportunity to experience recreational fishing in fresh or salt water without the purchase of a recreational fishing license. 

"The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission waives the fishing license requirement once a year to encourage the public to participate and we hope  licensed recreational fishermen use this weekend to introduce someone to this outdoor activity that can last a lifetime," said John Sturgis, LDWF education manager.

In conjunction with Free Fishing Weekend, LDWF and the Office of State Parks will host Family Fishing Day on Saturday, June 11 at the following sites: Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton; Chicot State Park, Ville Platte; Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville; and within New Orleans City Park. Family Fishing Day at these park sites will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear for pier or bank fishing. LDWF will provide basic fishing gear for anyone needing gear for the day.

Entrance fees at the three state parks hosting Family Fishing Day will be waived on June 11. For information and directions to all Louisiana State Parks and New Orleans City Park, visit


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.

For more information, contact John Sturgis at 225-763-5448 or


DEQ to Conduct Free MS4 and TMDL Workshops Around the State

DEQ is sponsoring free workshops to inform and assist municipalities and parish governments with the requirements of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems and the upcoming Total Maximum Daily Load changes and how they apply. Pre-registration is suggested due to limited space and participants should register at least a week before each session.

The workshop locations are as follows:

• LAKE CHARLES: THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LSU Ag Center, 7101 Gulf Highway Lake Charles

• LAFAYETTE: THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LUS (Lafayette Utilities System) Training Center, Main Building, 1314 Walker Rd., Lafayette

• COVINGTON: THURSDAY, JULY 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.1
Saint Tammany Parish Public Works Building, 620 N. Tyler Street, Covington

• HOUMA: THURSDAY, JULY 28, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Terrebonne Parish Library, 151 Library Dr. Houma

• BATON ROUGE: THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LDEQ Headquarters, Pensacola Room, 602 North 5th Street Baton Rouge

• WEST MONROE: WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
West Monroe Convention Center Conference Hall, 901 Ridge Ave., West Monroe

• SHREVEPORT: THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Louisiana State Office Building, 1525 Fairfield, Room 205, Shreveport

If you would like to attend, you can register online at or faxing a registration form to (225)325-8222. For more information, please contact Jeff Jackson at (337)262-5582/ or Tomeka Prioleau at (225) 219-0877/, or visit the ENVIROSCHOOL Web site at

LDWF, LSU Begin Initial Phase of Oyster Reef Rehabilitation

Release Date: 06/02/2011


June 2, 2011 - Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologists along with Louisiana Sea Grant scientists, deployed more than 100 million oyster larvae and 500,000 oyster spat (or immature oysters approximately one-quarter inch in size.)  This joint effort between LDWF and Louisiana State University (LSU), is part of a $500,000 grant provided to LSU to help rehabilitate vital oyster grounds impacted by hurricanes in the last six years. 

The oyster larvae and spat were released in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation, located in north Barataria Bay.  The specimens were deployed on test plots of reef to enable biologists to track progress.

This effort is the first of many ventures to help rehabilitate Louisiana’s oyster grounds.  The state plans to institute similar deployments of larvae and spat on other public grounds and private leases. 

Figures prior to the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010 indicate that Louisiana produces approximately one-third of all oysters harvested in the U.S. and 50 percent of oysters harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.  

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.

For more information contact Laura Wooderson with LDWF at or 225.610.2363.


Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant ( has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant Program.

For more information about Louisiana Sea Grant contact Roy Kron at (225)578-6451 or


Release Date: 06/02/2011


June 2, 2011 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today summarized the changes in the turkey hunting regulations that it expects to make when the formal season proposal is made at the July meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.  The department expects to propose two turkey hunting zones with different opening dates.
It is expected that the season would open in the south on the Saturday closest to March 22, and in the north on the Saturday closest to March 29. Youth turkey hunt weekends would be set a week prior to the season openings.
The length of the turkey season would vary and be based on the area A, B and C breakdowns similar to that used in 2011. The zone boundaries will be announced at the July commission meeting when the formal turkey season notice of intent is presented. A 60-day comment period will begin then to gather public input on the proposed season framework and WMA regulations.
Turkey Program Study Leader Jimmy Stafford told commission meeting attendees that the 2011 floodwaters may impact seasons along the Mississippi River, but that impact is still to be determined.


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


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.

Events, Workshops, Call for Entries/Nominations, Lagniappe


You're Invited: To the unveiling of the new USGS map
How Have Louisiana Wetlands Changed Over Time?
You're invited to a press conference to unveil a new USGS map showing wetland losses and gains since 1932 at the Louisiana State Capitol, House Committee Room 3, Baton Rouge, LA on June 2, 2011, 1:00 PM. For more information, contact Jennifer Lavista: JLAVISTA@USGS.GOV or 720-480-7875

Ocean Camp (June 7-24)
A unique theme for each week; choose one or all!
          June 7-10       Animal Explorers
          June 14-17     Animal Experts
          June 21-24     Dive Deep Explorers                          
Faulkner State Community College, Gulf Shores Campus
$100 per 4-day wk
Ages 4-8, 9 am-12 noon
Ages 9-12, 1 pm – 4pm
REGISTER NOW! Call 251-990-0445 or 800-231-3752,
Contact: Belinda Ringpfeil, Certified Science Teacher, or 205-936-9892

Outdoor Nation 2011 Regional Youth Summits
Outdoor Nation, an initiative of the Outdoor Foundation, is a national movement of young adults aged 18-26 passionate about the outdoors. Through entertainment, education, engagement and action, Outdoor Nation and its community of ‘Outsiders’ work to dramatically increase and expand youth participation in the outdoors – resulting in a healthier, more active generation.
          Denver Location: Cherry Creek State Park
          Regional Summit July 22-24th
          Summer Fun Day July 23rd
          New York City Location: Aviator Sports and Event Center, Floyd Bennett Field, Gateway National Recreation Area
          Regional Summit June 24-26th
          Summer Fun Day June 25th
          Atlanta Location: Clark Atlanta University
          Regional Summit July 8-10th
          Summer Fun Day at Sweetwater Creek State Park July 9th
          Minneapolis Location: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Saint Paul
          Regional Summit July 15-17th
          Summer Fun Day at For Snelling State Park July 16th
          San Francisco Location: The Presidio, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
          Regional Summit July 29-31st
          Summer Fun Day July 30th
The weekend event is completely free and includes lodging and food. Even more exciting is that Outdoor Nation can arrange to have a bus to take the delegates from the DFW area to Denver for the summit – free transportation – if 40 delegates from the area –  sign up to attend.
Apply through the Outdoor Nation website at
Contact: Rose Banzhaf 469-235-9963
Informational flyer is attached below.



LUMCON's Gulf Lagniappe – Dead Zone (June 4)
This Saturday (June 4, 2011) LUMCON’s Gulf Lagniappe adult education workshop series focuses on “Dead Zones” with speaker Dr. Nancy Rabalais, LUMCON Executive Director & Professor. This workshop will feature a talk by Dr. Rabalais about low dissolved oxygen events known as dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow up activities include a trip aboard the Research Vessel Acadiana out into Terrebonne Bay where participants will learn more about water quality issues, including how the recent flooding of the Mississippi River may impact the Gulf of Mexico. Participants will also be given the chance to measure water quality themselves. There are still plenty of spaces available. The cost is $10/person. Lunch is provided. Check-in begins at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie at 8:30 am on June 4, 2011. 
Contact: Murt Conover, (985) 851-2860 or Holly Hebert, (985) 851-2842

GIS Tools for Strategic Conservation Planning (June 13-16, 2011)
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Estuarine Education Center – Gautier, Mississippi

This four-day course (8:30 am–5:00 pm each day), co-taught by staff members from the NOAA Coastal Services Center and The Conservation Fund, teaches students how to apply geographic information system (GIS) tools, methodologies, and analyses to strategic conservation planning using a “green infrastructure” approach. Students will use data sets from coastal areas to develop conservation priorities and strategies to address a realistic conservation scenario. Please see attached flyer for workshop overview and prerequisites. The workshop fee is $45.00 and includes all course materials.
*Registration Required* Limited to 20 Participants! For more information about this workshop and to register, visit us online at:
Contact:  Michael Shelton, or Avia Huisman,
Informational flyer is attached below.

LEP Conference (July 28-30, 2011)
Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the southwest and learn how Aldo Leopold developed his concept of a land ethic. Discover ways that various communities, organizations, agencies and individuals are creating their own sense of land ethics and sharing it with youth and families across the United States. Investigate Leopold’s roots as a forester, visit his first job site/homestead where he managed the land and listen to stories of long ago. Learn new ideas, techniques and resources that will enhance your own educational programs through exceptional seminars, field trips and speakers — simply, an event not to miss!
For Information on Registration, Chapter Scholarship Forms, and Call for Proposals please contact: Janine Kohn at 651-209-4971 or
Informational flyers areattached below.



Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee Request for Nominations Federal Register Notice
The Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee Request for Nominations Federal Register Notice is attached (nomination details may be found in the document). EPA is establishing the Gulf of Mexico Citizen Advisory Committee (GMCAC) to provide independent citizen advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental issues affecting the five Gulf of Mexico Coastal States. Members serve as representatives of citizens and citizen groups.
Informational flyer is attached below.

Call for Papers - 2012 National Water Quality Monitoring Conference (Deadline: September 23, 2011)
National Water Quality Monitoring Council’s (NWQMC) 8th National Monitoring Conference – Water: One Resource – Shared Effort – Common Future to be held in Portland, Oregon from April 30 - May 4, 2012. This conference will focus on the many facets of water quality and quantity monitoring for improved understanding, protection, and restoration of our natural resources and communities.  It is a centerpiece forum that generally attracts 500-800 water practitioners from all backgrounds, including federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, academic, private, and other water stakeholders.  Attendees exchange information about water monitoring, assessment, research, protection, restoration, and management; learn about new findings on the quality of the Nation's streams and rivers, groundwater, estuaries, lakes and wetlands; and develop new skills and professional networks.  The conference includes presentations, panels, poster sessions, exhibits, hands-on interactive workshops and field trips, as well as time for after-hours meetings and networking. For the first time, this biennial conference and River Network’s National River Rally are coordinating an overlap day (May 4th) with mutually developed themes and presentations geared toward fostering improved collaboration between government and nonprofit groups working together for clean water. All abstracts must be received no later than September 23, 2011. For additional conference information or to submit an abstract go to:



WILD READ Virtual Book Club
Award-winning novelist and poet Margaret Atwood is among the moderators who will guide readers through discussions on America's WILD READ, a virtual book club that will engage and inspire people to connect with the outdoors. In addition to Atwood, WILD READ discussion moderators include Kris Hoellen, green infrastructure expert with The Conservation Fund; Laura Bies, an attorney with The Wildlife Society; the National Wildlife Federation's Danielle Brigida; and Dr. Drew Bell, an ant expert. We want to hear YOUR stories on how you connect with nature and how this connection influences the decisions you make. The power of a story can stir our imaginations, even as we look hard science in the eye and envision our conservation future. Visit the WILD READ today at so you won't miss a minute of the discussion.
Contact: Anne Post, Conservation Library,, 304-876-7399

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LDWF Announces 2012 Duck Stamp Contest

Release Date: 05/31/2011

May 31, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced the contest rules for the 2012 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, or Louisiana Duck Stamp, competition.

“The competition returned to a featured waterfowl species two years ago and the artists competing were allowed to choose the species they wished to illustrate,” said Larry Reynolds, LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager. “The 2010 contest was won with a striking pair of northern pintails in flight, and the winning design for the 2011 stamp was a pair of incredibly realistic wood ducks. Allowing the artist to choose the featured species has resulted in a variety of quality entries for the last two contests, and again this year competitors can choose the species to be featured, except for northern pintails or wood ducks."

Any species of waterfowl known to winter in Louisiana, other than northern pintail and wood duck, can be the subject of this year’s contest for the 2012 stamp with the requirement that associated habitat is also featured.

“The main objective of the fund raising element of this program is to provide resources to create, enhance, and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife,” said Reynolds. “That is why a habitat component is required in each entry and is one of the five judging criteria.” 

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee. 

Entries should be addressed to:
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Entries will be accepted from Monday, October 17 through Tuesday, October 25, 2011 with the contest judging to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Baton Rouge headquarters building starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.  The public is invited to attend.

Please visit this link to view the 2012 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition artist agreement and full list of rules:

The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988.  The program was created to generate revenues for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana.  During the last 22 years, over $10 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $5 million spent on land acquisition.  In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.

Judging for the art competition will be based on the following criteria:

1. Accuracy of form, size, proportion, color and posture.
2. Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the waterfowl.
3. Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of the habitat.
4. Attractiveness and creativity in composition, subject, background and lighting.
5. Suitability for reproduction as stamps and prints.

A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design. The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older.  Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are ineligible.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or

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

10 DWI Arrests Made on the Water During Memorial Day Weekend

Release Date: 05/31/2011

May 31, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents made 10 driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) arrests statewide this Memorial Day Weekend.

The penalties for DWI on the water are the same as on the road.  Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

LDWF Strikeforce agents made DWI cases against Rouddy A. Pierce, 43, of Galliano, on Bayou Blue in Lafourche Parish on May 28; Brandon B. Vice, 25, of Houma, on the Intracoastal Waterway in Terrebonne Parish on May 29; and Phillip J. Trahna, 25, of Gibson, on the Intracoastal Waterway in Terrebonne Parish on May 29.  Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Michael Williams participated in these DWI arrests.

Agents in Livingston Parish made DWI cases on the Tickfaw River against David A. Weber, 48, of Destrehan, on May 28; Wilbert K. Black, 53, of Kenner, on May 29; and Michael E. Triplett, 31, of Flora, Miss., on May 29.  Sgt. Toby Miller, Senior Agent Brody Roberts and Senior Agent Clay Marques participated in these DWI arrests.

On Toledo Bend, Lt. Bill Tyree and Senior Agent Eric Droddy made one DWI case against Caster D. Caisson, 56, of Duson, on May 30.

Agents in the northwestern part of the state made DWI cases against Austin Frye, 21, of Arcadia, on Lake Claiborne in Claiborne Parish on May 30; and Marcus Hooker, 39, of Logansport, on the Sabine River in Desoto Parish on May 28.  Sgt. Ryan Brasher, Senior Agent Joey Melton and Senior Agent Michael Dunn participated in these cases.

Agents made a DWI case against James Davis Jr., 66, of Newellton, on the backwater of the Mississippi River on May 30.  Senior Agent Johnny Wilson, Sgt. Joe Chandler and Senior Agent Leya Grover participated in this case.

"Alcohol use and operating a boat do not mix as it impairs a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time," said Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the state's boating law administrator.  "Alcohol also increases fatigue and intensifies the effect from the sun, wind and movement while on the water.  All of these alcohol related side effects have shown an increase in fatal boating crash incidents in Louisiana and the country."

LDWF agents issued 216 DWI citations to boat operators in 2009.  Alcohol use was listed as the leading primary cause of fatal boating crash incidents accounting for 24 percent or six deaths in Louisiana in 2009. 

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI on the water or on the road carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1,000 fine and between 30 days and six months in jail.  Third offense DWI carries a $5,000 fine and between one and five years in jail.  Every DWI offense is also subject to a suspension of driving a vehicle and operating a boat privileges.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at or 225-765-2465.


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