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WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Awards, Volunteer Opportunity Resources, Your Feedback, and Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Earth Science Week: October 9-15, 2011
Since its inception in 1998, the American Geological Institute (AGI) has organized Earth Science Week (ESW), an international event to help the public gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. The website features: contests, events, and a comprehensive portfolio of geoscience educational materails for K-12 students and teachers.

4-H Youth Wetlands Program – Registration Now Open!
The Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program is a statewide LSU AgCenter 4-H program sponsored by the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR). The program is a school enrichment program designed to heighten students’ awareness of Louisiana’s wetlands, wetland loss, and wetland conservation. Program materials are provided at no cost to participating educators. The program is celebrated during Youth Wetlands Week (YWW), April 22-27. 2012. The curriculum is tailored to students in grades 4-12 and all lesson plans are designed to follow Louisiana’s Grade Level Expectations (GLEs). In addition to receiving materials, opportunities to participate in wetland restoration projects are available to teacher and students throughout the year in various locations across the state. Students have helped with vegetative plantings and invasive species removal, constructed and installed wood duck boxes, and assisted in trash bashes/beach sweeps. For more information, visit www.lsuagcenter.com/yww or register using the Google form attached below.

Upcoming Webinar: School Buildings as Green Teaching Tools (October 19, 7 pm)
The National Environmental Education Foundation (www.neefusa.org) in partnership with the National Education Association Foundation (www.neafoundation.org) and Green Schools National Conference (www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org) is launching the first of a series of three webinars, Green Schools Educator Webinar Series, to help educators around the country learn from experts and peers how to green their schools and curriculum. Webinar participants will interact live with national experts and teachers who are transforming their schools for the 21st Century. Registration is free and all educators are invited to join. Please see attached flyer for more information. To register, visit: www.classroomearth.org/gswebinars

AWARDS

Nominate the Next Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award Winner
Nominate an educator or partner in your community to be the next Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award winner! The Chevrolet GREEN Educator Award recognizes teachers, college professors and non-formal educators who have made a substantial effort to promote environmental engagement among youth. The GM Foundation and Earth Force will award 5 educators each month in the search to find the 20 best “GREEN” educators nationwide. Winners will also be featured on the Earth Force website, along with their teaching tools and ways they get their students involved. We are looking for those truly great at keeping students active in their community, helping young people understand the relationship between civic life and environmental health, and those that are spreading the word. To nominate your favorite “GREEN” educator, visit www.greeneducator.org.

Department of Education Announces Green Ribbon Schools Award - Environmental Education Included in Final Criteria
The criteria for the Department of Education’s new Green Ribbon Schools Award was recently announced. In accordance with comments submitted by Congressman John Sarbanes, the No Child Left Inside Coalition, and other proponents of environmental education, the final criteria encourages schools to put in place programs that, among other things, “promote environmental education that supports students’ strong civic skills, environmental stewardship and workforce preparedness.” To read the Congressman’s full press release, click here. Nominations for the Green Ribbon Schools Award will be accepted through the fall and awards will be announced on Earth Day 2012.

For more information on Environmental Literacy and Green Ribbon Schools Federal Program please see attached document.
 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Volunteers Needed- Beach Restoration on Elmer’s Island (October 19 & 20)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Bayou Land RC&D Council invite volunteers to participate in a wetland restoration project that will create sand dunes along the shoreline of Elmer’s Island in Grand Isle.  Volunteers will install 2,000 feet of sand fencing on October 19th and plant dune grass on October 20th (10:00 am to no later than 4:00 pm for both days).  These projects will assist in stabilizing and capturing sand in the hopes of building dunes. In addition, the project will also create wildlife habitat and increase species diversity. 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, the Coypu Foundation 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 (for one or both days) at the www.crcl.org or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST for more information.  

RESOURCES

ScienceCasts: Online Video Series
NASA ScienceCasts are short online videos about fun, interesting, and unusual science topics encountered by NASA's science missions. The video series, created by astrophysicists and a team of agency narrators and videographers, offers the public a fast and fun way to learn about scientific discoveries and facts about Earth, the solar system, and beyond. New videos are posted online every Thursday. http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/sciencecasts

YOUR FEEDBACK

Gulf Coast Task Force Releases Ecosystem Restoration Strategy for Public Review
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, chaired by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, released for public review and feedback its comprehensive preliminary strategy for long term ecosystem restoration. The strategy represents an historic opportunity for addressing long-standing issues contributing to the decline of the Gulf’s critical ecosystem. The preliminary strategy is the first effort of its kind to be developed with the involvement of parties throughout the region, including the states, tribes, federal agencies, local governments and thousands of interested citizens and organizations. The strategy was developed following more than 40 public meetings throughout the Gulf to listen to the concerns of the public. It is available to the public for review and feedback at www.epa.gov/gulfcoasttaskforce, until 11:59 p.m. EST October 26, 2011. The Task Force will release the final version in December 2011.

LAGNIAPPE

Senate to Mark up Draft Education Bill—Help Secure Support for the Inclusion of Environmental Education
Senator Harkin, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has announced that the committee will mark up a draft of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) on October 18. Congressional support for the NCLI Act is critical to ensuring that the HELP Committee includes environmental literacy in the draft legislation. Please help add additional co-sponsors to Senate Bill 1372 (the NCLI Act) by contacting your Senator today. Please let your Senator know that s/he can support this goal by cosponsoring the NCLI Act today. An ESEA that includes the provisions of the NCLI Act would support outdoor learning activities both at school and in non-formal environmental education centers, teacher professional development, and the implementation of state environmental literacy plans. By offering states increased flexibility to infuse environmental education into the preK-12 curriculum, the No Child Left Inside Act will give our nation’s students the knowledge they need to advance American competitiveness in a clean energy economy, help boost academic achievement, and offer a pipeline to success in STEM subjects. For more information: www.nclicoalition.org

 

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/

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

 

Two Whooping Cranes Found Dead in Jefferson Davis Parish

Release Date: 10/11/2011

LDWF Enforcement Division Identifies Two Juveniles as Suspects in Shooting

To request b-roll footage and photos of the whooping crane re-introduction, email aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Oct. 11, 2011 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents have identified two juveniles for their alleged role in the illegal shooting of two whooping cranes in Jefferson Davis Parish.

According to an eyewitness account, two juveniles stopped on Lyons Road in between Mouton and Guidry roads south of Jennings at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 9.  The eyewitness said they shot from their truck and killed two whooping cranes.

LDWF agents and biologists were notified yesterday morning, Oct. 10, and retrieved the dead birds, which were a part of LDWF's whooping crane reintroduction program.  Agents were able to locate the suspected juveniles Monday night based on information from the eyewitness account.

"Losing two cranes, especially in such a thoughtless manner, is a huge setback in the department’s efforts to re-establish a whooping crane population in Louisiana,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “We take this careless crime very seriously.”

LDWF received 10 whooping cranes in February of this year from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Research Facility in Laurel, Md., and placed them in the coastal marsh of Vermilion Parish within LDWF’s White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA).  This re-introduced population, which will be annually supplemented with future cohorts, marked the first presence of whooping cranes in the wild in Louisiana since 1950.

LDWF is working cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), USGS, the International Crane Foundation and the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to bring the species back to the state.  This non-migratory flock of whooping cranes is designated as a non-essential, experimental population and is protected under state law and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

"This is a profound setback to the many people and organizations who have worked so hard to bring this magnificent bird back to Louisiana," said Cindy Dohner, Southeast Regional Director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Whooping cranes, the most endangered of all of the world’s crane species, were first added to the federal status of an endangered species on March 11, 1967.  The reintroduction at White Lake WCA is part of an ongoing recovery effort coordinated by the USFWS.

Historically, both a resident and migratory population of whooping cranes were present in Louisiana through the early 1940s.  Whooping cranes inhabited the marshes and ridges of the state’s southwest Chenier Coastal Plain, as well as the uplands of prairie terrace habitat to the north.  Within this area, whooping cranes used three major habitats: tall grass prairie, freshwater marsh, and brackish/salt marsh.  The Louisiana crane population was not able to withstand the pressure of human encroachment, primarily the conversion of nesting habitat to agricultural acreage, as well as hunting and specimen collection, which also occurred across North America.  The last bird in southwest Louisiana was removed to a sanctuary in 1950.

The only self-sustaining wild population of whooping cranes migrates between Wood Buffalo National Park in the Northwest Territories of Canada and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.  Like those in the eastern migratory population, it remains vulnerable to extinction from continued loss of habitat or natural or man-made catastrophes.  Multiple efforts are underway to reduce this risk and bring this bird further along its path to recovery.  This includes increasing populations in the wild, ongoing efforts to establish a migratory population in the eastern United States, and establishing a resident population in Louisiana.

There are about 570 whooping cranes left in the world, only 400 in the wild. About 100 cranes are in the eastern migratory population.  For the 11th time in as many years, ultralight-led captive reared whooping cranes are learning their migration route to wintering sites in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.  Ten young whooping cranes began their journey on Oct. 9, 2011.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465, or Bo Boehringer at bboehringer@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-5115.

CORRECTION: Oyster Season on Public Seed Ground will be delayed for up to Two Weeks to Allow for Ongoing NRDA Sampling

Release Date: 10/07/2011

October 6, 2011 – The opening of the 2011-2012 Oyster Season on certain public seed grounds will be delayed for up to two weeks to allow for continued sampling as part of the BP Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today gave authority to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham to postpone the season opening on public seed grounds for up to two weeks, from October 17 to October 31, 2011. At the latest, the season would open at one half-hour before sunrise on October 31, 2011.

Officials with LDWF are working with NRDA teams to ensure that sampling efforts are completed as quickly as possible. If sampling is completed before the end of the two-week delay period, the Commission has given Secretary Barham authority to open the season following a 72-hour public notice.

Sampling efforts of oysters on public seed grounds are ongoing as part of the NRDA process to assess injuries caused by the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  The NRDA sampling currently taking place is intended to collect a number of data sets, including oyster density, size frequency,biomass and sediment samples,in an effort to assess injuries to oysters as a result of the spill.

The 2011-2012 Oyster Season on public seed grounds was set to open October 17, 2011, with the exception of Calcasieu and Sabine lakes. No other changes have been made to the season opening dates established by the Commission at its September meeting.

The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 30) is scheduled to open at one-half hour before sunrise on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.  The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person per vessel per day.

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 press inquiries, please contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@wlf.la.gov or at 225-610-8660.

Louisiana Launches GulfSource.org, Single Source Website for Seafood, Water and Sediment Safety Test Results

Release Date: 10/07/2011

LDWF, LDHH, LDEQ and LDAF launch website with all tests results as part of the Louisiana Seafood Safety Plan

October 7, 2011 – Louisiana officials announced today the launch of GulfSource.org, a site that makes public all of the seafood, water and sediment safety testing information conducted since the 2010 BP Oil Spill under the Louisiana Seafood Safety Plan. The site, which allows users to scroll through all available samples or conduct specific searches by area, date or sample type, utilizes information from the Louisiana departments of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Health and Hospitals (LDHH), Environmental Quality (LDEQ), and Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF).

“Though we’ve been testing seafood, water and sediment since April 30, 2010 in response to the BP oil spill, the information has been difficult to widely distribute to the public until the launch of GulfSource.org,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “We hope the public will utilize GulfSource.org to find out what the safety test results in seafood from areas they fish or from waters they consume reveal. What is truly encouraging is that, to date, not a single sample has failed our safety tests. We now we have the tool to share those results with the general public. Rebuilding our seafood brand starts with rebuilding consumer confidence in our product. We hope GulfSource.org helps us accomplish that task.”

“The public should have easy access to food safety information and GulfSource.org is a great companion to the work we’re already doing with EatSafe.La.Gov,” DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein said. “Transparency of critical health and safety information is a top priority at DHH, where we worked with our state agency partners to publish seafood testing results almost immediately after the BP disaster and throughout the following year. GulfSource takes that work to the next level and allows the world to see for itself that we have the most-tested seafood out there.”

 “Now it will be easier for people outside of Louisiana to know what we already know – the seafood is safe and as good as ever,” said DEQ Peggy Hatch. “The goal of the plan was to ensure seafood safety for all the people who enjoy the best seafood in the world. With the launch of this new website, anyone will be able to see the results. This is the culmination of a statewide effort from many agencies to develop and execute a sampling plan like none other.”

"Our office has a long history of ensuring the quality and safety of Louisiana food,” said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.  “It’s our duty to continue this obligation to our Louisiana seafood industry and the consumers and patrons that enjoy shrimp, crab and finfish."

Louisiana officials reached an agreement with BP to test seafood, sediment and water from across the Louisiana coast for traces of toxins called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and for dispersants called Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DOSS).  The agreement funds the testing program, called the Louisiana Seafood Safety Plan, up to $18 million for a total of three years ($6 million per year).

To date, none of the samples tested have showed levels of PAHs or dispersants near the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-established “level of concern.” In fact, of the samples that showed any minute traces of PAHs, none were above background levels (the levels found in seafood before the oil spill). Test results for dispersants are also available on GulfSource.org.

GulfSource.org allows the general public full access to information on how testing is conducted, specifically where it is conducted, and when and what the results from the lab analyses show. 

For more information, visit GulfSource.org.                                        

The 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 Olivia Watkins at owatkins@wlf.la.gov or (225) 610-8660.

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Oyster Season on Public Seed Ground will be delayed for up to Two Weeks to Allow for Ongoing NRDA Sampling

Release Date: 10/06/2011

October 6, 2011 – The opening of the 2011-2012 Oyster Season on certain public seed grounds will be delayed for up to two weeks to allow for continued sampling as part of the BP Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission today gave authority to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham to postpone the season opening on public seed grounds for up to two weeks, from October 17 to October 31, 2011. At the latest, the season would open at one half-hour before sunrise on November 1, 2011.

Officials with LDWF are working with NRDA teams to ensure that sampling efforts are completed as quickly as possible. If sampling is completed before the end of the two-week delay period, the Commission has given Secretary Barham authority to open the season following a 72-hour public notice.

Sampling efforts of oysters on public seed grounds are ongoing as part of the NRDA process to assess injuries caused by the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  The NRDA sampling currently taking place is intended to collect a number of data sets, including oyster density, size frequency,biomass and sediment samples,in an effort to assess injuries to oysters as a result of the spill.

The 2011-2012 Oyster Season on public seed grounds was set to open October 17, 2011, with the exception of Calcasieu and Sabine lakes. No other changes have been made to the season opening dates established by the Commission at its September meeting.

The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 30) is scheduled to open at one-half hour before sunrise on Tuesday, November 1, 2011.  The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person per vessel per day.

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 press inquiries, please contact Olivia Watkins at owatkins@wlf.la.gov or at 225-610-8660.

WEEKLY eNEWS: Educational Opportunities, Contest, Resources, and Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Miami University’s Project Dragonfly (Deadline: January 28, 2012)
Applications are being accepted for 2012 summer/fall graduate field courses and a master’s program that offer international studies in 11 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Offered by Miami University’s Project Dragonfly, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and partners worldwide, the GFP Master’s degree brings together graduate students, scientists, educators and community leaders at critical conservation field sites across the planet. Sites for 2012 include the Amazon, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Costa Rica, Guyana, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia, and Thailand. Applications for 2012 courses are due January 28, 2012. Tuition for seven graduate credits and all basic in-country expenses are covered in the $1,290 course costs. Earth Expeditions and the GFP, which can be completed part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad, are open to educators and other professionals from all disciplines and settings. For information and to apply, please visit: Earth Expeditions – http://www.EarthExpeditions.org, Global Field Program – http://www.MastersGFP.org or contact Connie Malone at (513) 529-5103; EarthExpeditions@muohio.edu

NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program Now Accepting Applications for 2012 Field Season
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2011
NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program gives teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and increases their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience. Teachers have enriched their classroom curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with those who contribute to the world's body of scientific knowledge. NOAA's Teacher at Sea program accepts applications from currently employed, full-time educators in these categories: K-12 teachers and administrators; community college, college, and university teachers; museum and aquarium educators; and adult education teachers. Teachers will be selected to fill approximately 30 openings available. More information about NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program including eligibility requirements, expectations, and frequently asked questions, is available at http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov. Apply at: http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/apply/index.html


CONTESTS
Louisiana Section of Air and Waste Management Association - Adopt-A-School Program (Deadline: November 18)
Louisiana Section Adopt-A-School program selects an elementary or middle school to award a cash donation for use at the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th  grade level in the area of science education. In addition to the cash donation, the Louisiana Section also endeavors to assist the school in its program for the year by providing Environmental Resource Guidebooks to aid teachers by providing lesson plans geared towards environmental education. Traditionally, the Louisiana Section awards up to three grants (one at $1,500 and two at $1,000); however, actual amounts and number of awards can vary based on budgetary constraints. Proposals should be received (either electronically, via fax or mail) no later than 5pm November 18, 2011. Please address them to Kevin Calhoun, Providence Engineering and Environmental Group L.L.C., 1201 Main Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802; fax: 225-766-7440 or e-mail: kevincalhoun@providenceeng.com. Please see attached flyer for more information.


RESOURCES
Calculate Your Carbon Footprint with Alcoa’s Make an Impact Carbon Calculator
The Pew Center on Climate Change and Alcoa Foundation would like to share their “Make An Impact” carbon calculator to help people save energy, save money and save the planet.  The calculator takes about ten minutes to complete and gives you specific recommendations on actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and lower utility bills. The website also offers online tools and resources for individuals and families. The program was recently selected as a finalist for a Classy Award and was featured on NBC/Weather Channel. To learn more about the program contact Tricia Napor, Manager, Community Engagement, Alcoa Foundation at Tricia.Napor@alcoa.com.

Monarch Butterfly Migration
Help track the monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring as the butterflies travel to and from Mexico. Report your own observations of migrating butterflies to real-time migration maps. For more details, please visit http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/.


LAGNIAPPE
Medline Plus Interactive Tutorials
MedlinePlus presents interactive health tutorials from the Patient Education Institute. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions. Also learn about surgeries, prevention and wellness. Each tutorial includes animated graphics, audio and easy-to-read language. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorial.html

Act 145: New Law Allows Students with Asthma in Louisiana to Breathe Easier in Schools
The Louisiana Legislature passed Act 145 which allows certain students to self carry their asthma meds. Please read the attached publication for more information and share this information with others.


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/


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

Amended Agenda For October Commission Meeting

Release Date: 10/04/2011

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, October 6, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

 1.  Roll Call

 2.  Approval of Minutes of September 1, 2011

 3.  Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege

 4.  To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/September

 5.  To consider 2012 Turkey Hunting Areas, Seasons and Bag Limits: Consideration of  Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration of Amended Notice of Intent

 6.  To consider General and WMA Turkey Hunting Regulations: Consideration of  Conditionally Adopted Amendments to Notice of Intent and Consideration Amended Notice of Intent

 7.  To consider Declaration of Emergency on Fisheries Closures due to Oil Spill

 8.  To consider Declaration of Emergency to Give Secretary Authority to Delay Opening of the 2011-2012 Season on the Public Oyster Seed Grounds

 9.  Set February 2012 Meeting Date

10. Receive Public Comments

11. Executive Session to Discuss Prospective Litigation relative to return of Artificial Reef Fund Monies

12.  Adjournment

 

Price Lake Road on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to Close Temporarily for Bridge Construction

Release Date: 10/04/2011

Oct. 4, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is advising all visitors to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge that Price Lake Road, a primary access point for public outdoor recreation on the western end of the refuge, will be closed Oct. 10 for approximately two weeks.

This road closure is necessary due to construction of a bridge across Price Lake Canal to provide access to a well location for permitted oil and gas exploration by Chevron. Construction activities will temporarily block vehicular access to fishing, crabbing and shrimping areas along the road.

The refuge, in coastal Cameron and Vermilion parishes, has a strong mineral management program that minimizes impacts associated with development and is compatible with wildlife and fisheries management activities on the refuge. Revenue derived from oil and gas activities is used to manage the property.  

All other canals and public access areas on the refuge will offer alternative entry points for public access from official sunrise to sunset. Other areas available for public access include the East End Boat Launch/Joseph Harbor Canal and East End Locks Rd., both located just over three miles east of the refuge headquarters building, as well as Rollover Landing which features a private boat ramp with launch fee along the eastern boundary near Pecan Island. 

For more information about Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, contact Tom Hess at 337-491-2593 or thess@wlf.la.gov.

The 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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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