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LDWF Agents Arrest Three Livingston Parish Men

Release Date: 07/24/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents arrested three Walker men in July on charges that stemmed from an operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) allegation.

Agents arrested Kyle Corkern, 26, of Walker, for an alleged DWI on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 8.  Arresting agents parked their vessel at the Hill Top Inn Marina while they transported Corkern to the French Settlement Police Department for an intoxilyzer test.

As other agents working on the Diversion Canal arrived at the marina, they observed a male subject jump out and run from the unattended LDWF patrol vessel tied to the pier. Agents made contact with the two male subjects at the scene, but were unable to ascertain what had taken place and the subjects were released.

Agents later discovered that the unattended LDWF vessel had the plug removed allowing it to begin to fill with water.  This particular vessel had a bilge pump that was able to keep up and keep the vessel afloat.

After a week long investigation, agents arrested Brian B. Heyse, 25, and Neal D. Corkern, 23, on July 17 for allegedly tampering with an LDWF patrol vessel.  Both subjects were passengers in Kyle Corkern’s vessel prior to his arrest.

Agents charged Heyse and Neal Corkern with simple burglary, attempted criminal damage to property, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.  Heyse was additionally cited for intentional littering after breaking a bottle in the marina parking lot.

Driving a vessel while intoxicated carries a fine between $300 and $1,000 and up to six months in jail with the chance of losing driving and boating privileges.

Simple burglary brings up to a $2,000 fine and up to 12 years in jail.  Criminal damage to property carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a fine between $100 and $500 and up to 30 days in jail.  Criminal mischief carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Intentional littering carries a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

Agents participating in the investigation and arrests were Senior Agent Hal Bridges, Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Lt. Will Roberts, Sgt. Guy Adams and Senior Agent Terry Hicks.

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

Body of Second Boater Recovered from Lake Charles

Release Date: 07/22/2012

Search and rescue crews have recovered the body of a Westlake man at 6:30 a.m. today, July 22 near the vicinity where authorities found the body of his fishing partner and capsized vessel on the west bank of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of two missing boaters on Lake Charles on July 20 after 10 p.m.  According to family members, William R. Druilhet Jr., 22, of Lake Charles, and Christopher Rollins, 25, of Westlake, were out fishing and last made contact shortly before 10 p.m.

Search and rescue crews searched throughout the night and found their 16 foot vessel capsized on the west bank of Lake Charles at 4:30 a.m. on July 21.  Authorities then found the body of Druilhet at 4:50 a.m. on July 21 near the boat and Rollins at 6:30 a.m. on July 22 also near the boat.

Authorities found Druilhet wearing a personal flotation device and Rollins without a personal flotation device.  Both bodies of Druilhet and Rollins were turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to determine a cause of death.

LDWF has recovered the vessel and will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

Boating Incident in Lake Charles Leaves One Dead and One Missing

Release Date: 07/21/2012

Search and rescue crews are currently searching for a missing boater who was onboard a vessel on Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish that was found capsized and left another man dead.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of two missing boaters on Lake Charles on July 20 after 10 p.m.  According to family members, William R. Druilhet Jr., 22, of Lake Charles, and Christopher Rollins, 25, of Westlake, were out fishing and last made contact shortly before 10 p.m.

Search and rescue crews searched throughout the night and found their 16 foot vessel capsized on the west bank of Lake Charles at 4:30 this morning, July 21.  Authorities then found the body of Druilhet at 4:50 a.m. near the boat. 

Druilhet was wearing a personal flotation device and his body was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to determine a cause of death.

LDWF has recovered the vessel and will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

Authorities Recover Boater’s Body from Lake Fordoche

Release Date: 07/20/2012

Search and Rescue officials recovered the body of a Central man from Lake Fordoche in St. Landry Parish on July 20.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office were notified about a capsized vessel and a missing boater in Lake Fordoche, which is a tributary north of Henderson Bay, around 9:50 a.m.

The body of Allen Fontenot, 66, was found by search crews around 1:30 p.m. in the near vicinity of the capsized vessel.

According to the survivor, the two men were in a 21 foot boat when they hit a stump that caused the vessel to capsize.  The survivor was able to swim to the shore.

Fontenot was not wearing a personal flotation device and his body was turned over to the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office.  LDWF has recovered the vessel and will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants, Workshops/Webinars, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

WRI Animated Video about the Unique Biology and Value of Coral Reefs
Céline Cousteau highlights the importance of coral reefs to people – providing food and medicine, protecting the shoreline, and attracting tourists – as well as the threats that reefs face due to overfishing, pollution and climate change. The video also explores what individuals can do to help save coral reefs, including buying from sustainable seafood providers, using sustainable tourism providers, reducing their CO2 footprint and supporting reef conservation. Animation by Jim Toomey. Watch the video below and help protect coral reefs today! http://www.wri.org/project/reefs-at-risk/polyps-in-peril

Register now for Bays and Bayous Symposium (November 14-15)
Registration is open for the 2012 Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. Theme: “Finding a common currency: Natural resource economics, ecology and culture” The two-day coastal symposium will include networking opportunities, guest speakers and more than 100 oral and poster presentations with question-and-answer sessions. Presentation topics include climate and hazard resilience, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill science, habitat management and restoration, living estuarine resources, and water quality and quantity. The symposium is open to graduate students, resource managers, scientists, educators, industry and community leaders, elected officials and the general public. Sponsored by: the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, NOAA Coastal Services Center, University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab, Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Alabama State Port Authority, Ocean Conservancy and Volkert and Associates, Inc. Registration fee: $50. For more information and to register, visit http://masgc.org/bb2012/registration.

Call for Nominees to Participate in an EPA Technical Workshop on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy
Water is vital to a productive and growing economy in the United States, and directly affects the production of many goods and services. On behalf of EPA, Industrial Economics, Inc. is seeking nominees from both the private and public sectors to attend and participate in a technical workshop that will seek independent input on water’s contribution to the U.S. economy, current capabilities to analyze and estimate this contribution, and the steps necessary to improve our understanding of water’s economic contributions. The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on September 19, 2012. The format will include presentations on commissioned research and a combination of expert panels and group discussion. Interested parties should review the request for nominations, available on-line at http://www.indecon.com/iecweb/Procurements.aspx, and submit nominations to ntanners@indecon.comno later than 5:00 p.m., July 20, 2012. For additional information, send email inquiries to: Mr. Nadav Tanners, Associate, Industrial Economics, Incorporated, 2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140, NTanners@indecon.com

“Survival in the Marsh” Adventure Quencher (July 21)
Are you ready for a nice day on the water? Are you sure? Before starting out on a float, boat or fishing trip, you should be looking forward to the best day, but be prepared—just in case—for the worst day. Preparation is the key to survival! In order to help you become prepared for that unpredictable boat accident or break-down, the Grand Bay Reserve is proud to present an Adventure Quencher entitled “Survival in the Marsh” on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 9:00 AM till noon at the Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center, 6005 Bayou Heron Road in Jackson County. Mr. Eric M. Lacefield, author of the book entitled “Survival in the Marsh” will be on hand to instruct you on what you should and should not do if you become stranded. For more information, visit: www.grandbaynerr.org

 

GRANTS

EECapacity State Consortia Grants (Deadline: August 12)
The EECapacity Project announces a Call for Applications for Year 2 of the State Consortia grants. Up to five states can receive funding to develop capacity building and networking for EE and related practitioners within their state. Each state consortium must include at least 20 educators representing a diversity of organizations such as community based groups, government nature preserves, an others that are committed to learning from each other, exchanging perspectives, and participating in a series of workshops and online learning opportunities for a period of one year or longer. A webinar will be held July 27, 2012. The deadline for application is August 12, 2012. http://www.eecapacity.net/call-for-applications-for-eecapacity-state-consortia-grants.html

Home Depot Foundation Community Impact Grants (Deadline: August 13)
Community Impact Grants Program, grants of up to $5,000 are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered:
        - Repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional veteran's housing, or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.) 
        - Weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional veterans' housing, or community facilities 
        - Planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities that serve veterans 
        - Grants must support work completed by community volunteers in the U.S. 
        - Projects must be completed within six months following notification that the grant has been awarded, with reporting requirements due 30 days following the completion of the project. 
        - Grants are solely given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
The Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program will accept proposals for grants beginning February 6, 2012 through August 13, 2012. For more details, see http://homedepotfoundation.org/page/applying-for-a-grant

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Announces 2012 Grant Applications Open(Deadline: August 15)
Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s non-profit organization dedicated to litter prevention and waste reduction, is now accepting grant applications for its 2012-13 KLB Healthy Communities Grants Program. The deadline to apply for funding from KLB is August 15, 2012. Grant guidelines and the application itself are on the KLB website, www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org. Applications are to be submitted via the website, and awards will be announced on or before August 31, 2012.

Fiscal Year 2013 Gulf of Mexico B-WET Funding Opportunity (Deadline: October 19)
The National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region is now seeking proposals under the Gulf of Mexico NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program. The full FY13 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) can be found at Grants.gov or the following website: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/outreach/pdfs/NOAA-NMFS-SE-2013-2003461%20FFO%20Report.pdfApplicants should apply through Grants.gov. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 19, 2012 to be considered for funding. Please see the FFO for all application details.The Gulf of Mexico B-WET program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) for students, related professional development for teachers, and help to support regional education and environmental priorities in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

EPA’s Environmental Education Grants Program (July 24, 4:00-5:00 PM EST)
EPA’s Environmental Education Grants Program awards funds to environmental education projects in a variety of settings, including community-based settings with audiences/students of all ages. In 2010, two community-based grants were awarded to two organizations in two very different parts of the country with very different environmental concerns. One of these grants went to the Island Institute in Rockland, ME, for their Energy for ME project in which students, teachers, and families are becoming leaders in the critical local energy debate by learning how to better understand their communities’ energy-consumption habits, as well as how to develop effective strategies to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy generation in their community. Another grant was awarded to Watershed Management Group in Tucson, AZ, for their Green Streets - Green Neighborhoods project, which built a base of knowledgeable and motivated citizens, many in underserved neighborhoods, who are now armed with the knowledge and skills to improve environmental conditions by having participated in the design, installation, and maintenance of green infrastructure practices. Join this webinar to learn how these two grantees chose an environmental issue important to the local community and educated residents in those communities to deal with the issue and live more sustainably in their environment. See attached flyer for more information.
Participant Dial-In Number(s): *Operator Assisted Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (877) 290-8017
Your Conference ID # 99371913. Webinar registration information: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/340578784

OneNOAA Science Seminars
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA Coastal Services Center (remote access only)
Speaker(s): Lindy Betzhold (NOAA Coastal Services Center)
Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie
August 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Don Scavia (Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
August 07, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)
How NCCOS Provided Public Access to Their Technical Reports via E-Readers
August 08, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Shellie Jacobson (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Tool Overview
August 14, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov(NCDDC)

 

RESOURCES

Recreation Outdoors Website and App
Recreation Outdoors is "Your gateway to discover America's Great Outdoors!" Visit http://www.recreation.gov/ to search locations and outdoor activities you enjoy. Membership is free to make reservations and much more!

 

LANGIAPPE

EPA’s Job Training Program Expands to Include Wastewater and Stormwater
EPA is awarding $3 million to 15 grantees through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. The grants will recruit, train and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. Managed by EPA’s Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, the grant program targets economically disadvantaged neighborhoods where environmental cleanups and jobs are often most needed. With support from EPA’s Office of Water, this year’s grant program has expanded to include training for wastewater treatment plant operations and stormwater management. Seven of the 15 FY12 grant recipients will emphasize wastewater or stormwater above and beyond the required awareness-level introduction to these topics. Some will offer state certifications in wastewater treatment plant operations. Many of this year’s winning grantees are already working with local wastewater utilities or other water sector employers to secure placements for their participants. Historically, approximately 71 percent of program graduates have found employment in environmental fields that serve local communities. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/job.htm, or contact: Leon Latino, latino.leon@epa.gov, (202) 564-1997.

Beautiful Commercial from the BBC
http://www.youtube.com/embed/auSo1MyWf8g?rel=0

 

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 http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Two Franklin Parish Men Cited for Shocking Fish

Release Date: 07/19/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged fishing violations on July 2 on the Boeuf River.

Agents cited Tyler Gilmore, 22, of Fort Necessity, and Derek Guillot, 30, of Winnsboro, for taking game fish using illegal methods after they were found with a shocking device.

LDWF Sgt. Albert Tarver discovered Guillot and Gilmore in Boeuf River with a shocking device and 13 catfish.  The catfish were allegedly taken with the shocking device.

When Sgt. Tarver approached Gilmore and Guillot, he ordered them to not to throw the shocking device.  Guillot then threw the shocking device into the river and was also charged with obstruction of justice.

Taking game fish with illegal methods brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Obstruction of justice carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Agents participating in the case included Sgt. Albert Tarver, Sgt. Larry May and Senior Agent Leya Grover.

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

Winnsboro Woman Convicted of Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 07/19/2012

A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) led to a Winnsboro woman being found guilty of migratory game bird violations on July 16 in Federal Court in Monroe.

U.S. Magistrate Karen Hayes sentenced Donna J. Remides, 51, to a fine of $2,035, suspended her hunting rights for two years and placed her on supervised probation for two years.

Remides was cited on Sept. 4, 2010 on the opening day of dove season for placing bait to take migratory game birds (doves) and aiding and abetting others in taking migratory game birds illegally.

LDWF and USFWS agents observed Remides bait a field and then allow the field to be hunted for doves.

LDWF agents involved in the case were Lt. Scott Watson, Sgt. Joe Chandler, Sgt. Lee Tarver and Senior Agent John Hendrix.  USFWS Officers involved in the case were Refuge Officers John Tarver, Chris Hoag and Special Agent Kash Schreifer.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Workshops/Webinars, Contest, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

EPA’s Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary Video Project Deadline: September 14)
As a part of EPA's CWA 40th Anniversary celebration, the Agency is hosting a video project asking Americans everywhere to send in a 15-second video clip explaining the important role that water plays in their lives. EPA will feature selected video clips on its website and "Water Is Worth It" Facebook page as part of its anniversary celebration. For more information, please go to http://water.epa.gov/action/cleanwater40c/video-project.cfm.

World Rabies Day (September 28, 2012)
Bats are beneficial but they are not to play with. For more information about bats in schools – visit our website at http://agrilife.org/batsinschools/ or check out our Bat Control in Schools Publication in English and Spanish https://agrilifebookstore.org/publications_search.cfm. Thank you to Illinois Department of Health for passing this information on.  
“Never Touch a Bat” poster – http://worldrabiesday.org/eb/download/get/221
CDC Bats and Rabies URL – http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/index.html
World Rabies Day URL - http://www.worldrabiesday.org/

6th National Conference & Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration (October 20-25, 2012)
Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities
Tampa Convention Center-Tampa, Florida
Registration: Early Bird (through 9/7): $395, after 9/7: $550, On-site: $575, One-Day: $250, Student Rate: $250
Must Register On-Line: https://www.cmpinc.net/rae; registration questions: registrar@cmpinc.net
Draft Conference Program Released! Program questions: ssimon@estuaries.org


WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

Teacher Workshops
Two teacher workshops are available at Red River National Wildlife Refuge (555 Sunflower Road, Bossier City, LA) in July. Please bring a bag lunch for both workshops.
          Project Learning Tree® (July 17, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.): PLT is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment. For more information: Terri Jacobson at 318-742-1219, terri_jacobson@fws.gov  Register: Ricky Kilpatrick at 318-965-2326, rkilpatrick@agcenter.lsu.edu
          The Private Eye (July 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.): Magnify your lessons with a jeweler’s loupe! Help your students to think like a scientist, observe like an artist and write like a poet. For more information or to register: Terri Jacobson at 318-742-1219, terri_jacobson@fws.gov
See attached for more information on these workshops.

North American CE Strategy Webinar Series: Outdoor Investigations (July 25 at 2 pm EDT)
Finding out what is going on in nature takes skills - and the AFWA CE Strategy provides the resources to develop those skills. Using the Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills and the Field Investigation: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes will help you teach the skills needed to observe nature, ask questions about the natural world and investigate the answers to those questions. Instructors Tabbi Kinion, Education Outreach Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Justin Marschall, Information/Education Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, will give you a brief overview of the resources and exercise your outdoor observation and questioning skills while sitting at your computer. Space is limited so be sure to register today.  

National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education Webinar Series
Over the last three months the Project has presented six webinars. The first one provided an overview of the National Project for Excellence in EE. Each of the other webinars focused on one of five sets of guidelines:
           • Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence
           • Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (k-12)
           • Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators
           • Nonformal EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
           • Early Childhood EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
If you missed one, all were recorded and can be accessed by going to: eelinked.net/n/guidelines
If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact Bora Simmons: borasimmons@gmail.com.

OneNOAA Science Seminars
JULY 2012

Climate Change and Potential Ecosystem Change in Alaska, The Yukon, and The Northwest Territories
July 24, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Alaska Local Time (14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone)
Location: ACCAP office, second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska
Speaker(s): Nancy Fresco, Michael Lindgren, Falk Heuttmann (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Karen Murphy (National Park Service)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization
July 24, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Fisheries: Future Survival of Larval Cod
July 25, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 Room 12836 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Trond Kristiansen (Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway and Visiting Scientist, NOAA Climate Program and NOAA Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD)
Effective Engagement with Partners
July 25, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Janet Burke (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: XML Basics
July 31, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov  (NCDDC)
AUGUST 2012
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA Coastal Services Center (remote access only) Speaker(s): Lindy Betzhold (NOAA Coastal Services Center)
Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie
August 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Don Scavia (Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
August 07, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
How NCCOS Provided Public Access to Their Technical Reports via E-Readers
August 08, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Shellie Jacobson (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Tool Overview
August 14, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
ISO Metadata Training Series: ISO Creation Methods
August 21, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Validation
August 28, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)

Bed Bugs Go To School Webinar (August 28)
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/722105169


CONTESTS

Ranger Rick Geocachers Can Win Big This Summer!   
Geocaching is a great way to use technology to get kids back outside and interacting with nature and Ranger Rick magazine is inviting all participating Ranger Rick's Geocache Trail hosts, old and new, to enter their trail now for a chance to win two great prizes:
1. Get a free trackable geocoin!
2. Enter for a chance to be featured in National Wildlife Magazine!
For entry details, visit: http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Geocaching-Hosts/Why-Host/Summer-Spring-Challenge.aspx

Announcing the Winners of the Youth Sustainability Challenge
Submitted videos were eligible for up to five awards reflecting innovation, contribution to sustainability, communication, and popular choice. After careful review by a panel of Administration officials, the winners are: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/21/announcing-winners-youth-sustainability-challenge


RESOURCES

New NASA Game Lets Players Build and Launch a Virtual Rocket
With NASA's Rocket Science 101, a new game designed for computers and iPad users, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to launch a spacecraft.
Rocket Science 101 is available for iPad users via iTunes at:  http://bit.ly/Mn1xLr
Rocket Science 101 is available online at: http://go.nasa.gov/Mn28Nt

Nutrient Pollution Educational Materials Online
To help raise awareness about nutrient pollution, which is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water, EPA has developed new educational materials, including:
           • Community Outreach Toolkit—designed to assist watershed groups, NGOs, states, and federal partners with messaging and outreach to the media about nutrient pollution.
           • Nutrient Pollution Video—aims to raise awareness about nutrient problem, the first step in addressing and reducing the problem.
           • Postcard/Poster—shows a before and after photo of Lake Erie to illustrate the impacts of nutrient pollution.
           • Future Farmers of America Curriculum—EPA worked with several other federal agencies on lesson plans for young farmers about source water protection and management practices that can help control runoff to protect surface and groundwater.
You can access the first three and other materials at http://water.epa.gov//polwaste/nutrientoutreach.cfm. Use the “share this” button under the postcard to share it on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The curriculum can be directly found at https://www.ffa.org/FFAResources/ffalearn/sourcesofdrinkingwater/Pages/nosolicit.html

 

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 http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Special Announcement: Whooping Crane Workshop FULL

The Whooping Crane Workshop is now full.

If you have already submitted a registration form, you will receive notification on your acceptance status within the next week.

Please continue to watch for information on future "Give A Whoop!" workshops to be scheduled in the near future.

If you should have any questions, please contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov.

Thank you for your interest in this important program!

-The Whooping Crane Workshop Team

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Committee Meeting and Board Meeting canceled.

Release Date: 07/10/2012

July 10, 2012 - The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Finance and Marketing Committee Meeting and Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 have been canceled.

The rescheduled meeting date will be announced when it becomes available.

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

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.
 

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