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South Farm Area in Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Closed Due to Flooding

Release Date: 03/20/2018

March 20, 2018 – The South Farm area of Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) has been closed due to flooding, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced. The closure includes the entire South Farm impoundment area where recreational crawfishing and other activities occur.
 
Increasing water levels in associated river systems have caused backwater flooding to depths creating safety concerns for South Farm users. Once the water recedes, LDWF will inspect and reopen the area.
 
Sherburne WMA South Farm is located in Iberville Parish approximately one mile north of Ramah.
 
For more information on this WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2763 or contact Tony Vidrine at 337-948-0255 or tvidrine@wlf.la.gov or Steven David at 337-948-0255 or sdavid@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Manchac Greenway to Conduct Volunteer Trash Pickup Near Joyce Wildlife Management Area

Release Date: 03/19/2018

March 19, 2018 – The Manchac Greenway Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with trash pickup March 24 along Louisiana Highway 55 near the Joyce Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
 
The event will begin at 8 a.m. at the public boat launch in Manchac. Entergy will provide lunch and Manchac Greenway drinks. If interested in participating or for more information, contact Frank Neelis at 225-223-2222 or bucktree@bellsouth.net or Ben Taylor at 985-974-1810 or maurepas@charter.net.
 
Joyce WMA is located five miles south of Hammond in Tangipahoa and Livingston parishes. For more information on Joyce WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2774.
 

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Louisiana Oyster Task Force to Meet March 20

Release Date: 03/19/2018

Louisiana Oyster Task Force Meeting

John Tesvich, Chairman

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 1 p.m.

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

 

I.    Pledge of Allegiance

II.   Roll call and introduction of guests

III.  Approval of February 15, 2018 Minutes and March 20, 2018 Agenda

IV.  Treasury Report

A.      Oyster Tag Sales

B.      LOTF Financial Report

C.   Tier 2.1 Financial Disclosure Reminder

V.Committee Reports

A.      Public and Private Oyster Grounds Committee  (Mitch Jurisich)

B.      Enforcement (Major Chad Hebert)

C.      Legislative (Jakov Jurisic)

D.     Research (Earl Melancon)

E.      Coastal Restoration (Dan Coulon)

F.      Marketing (LDWF)

G.      Health (Justin Gremillion)

H.     Sustainability (LDWF)

I.        Professionalism (LDWF)

J.      Aquaculture (John Supan)

K.      Joint Task Force Working Group (Mitch Jurisich)

VI.  New Business

A.     Discussion and Updates on the 2017-18 Oyster Season- LDWF

B.     To Hear a Proposal to Change the Timing of the Dermo (Perkinsus Marinus) Sample Collections- LDWF

C.     Discussion on the Bonne Carre Spillway Opening and the Special Oyster Transplant- OTF

D.    To Hear Discussion and an Update on the Closure of Mardi Gras Pass- OTF

E.     To Hear Date Proposals for the OTF ‘Let the World Be Your Oyster’ Event- OTF

F.     Election of Officers-OTF

VII.  Public Comment

VIII. Set Next Meeting

IX.   Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3432984654095962626

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.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.go

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee to Meet March 20

Release Date: 03/19/2018

Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Seed Grounds Committee

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:30 A.M.

2021 Lakeshore Drive, STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70122

AGENDA

I.             Call to Order

II.            Pledge of Allegiance

III.           Discussion of the Draft Oyster Lease Moratorium Lifting NOI- OTF

IV.           Public Comment

V.            Set next meeting

VI.           Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5664303864774758915

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.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

 

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge’s Unit 4 Concrete Structure to Close on Sunday at Sunset

Release Date: 03/16/2018

The Unit 4 concrete structure at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge will close Sunday at sunset.

March 16, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close the Unit 4 concrete water control structure at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge on Sunday at sunset for upgrade construction. The structure is expected to be closed into the summer.
 
Once construction is complete, LDWF will re-open the control structure for public use.
During construction, users are asked to adhere to all no wake zone signs and use caution when near the area. Rockefeller’s Mud Hole water control structure will be accessible in the interim.
 
The new structure is designed to employ various techniques to control tidal water exchange. Additionally, it will provide a fishing pier for refuge users. 
 
“We are excited to provide another premier fishing spot for our refuge,” said Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Manager Scooter Trosclair. “We strive to provide excellent habitat in our marsh management units through water management. When we can add things like fishing piers to these structures and make the resource available to all our users, we feel like it’s a win-win.”
 
Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses 71,000 acres in Cameron and Vermilion Parishes, borders the Gulf of Mexico for 26.5 miles and extends inland toward the Grand Chenier Ridge, a stranded beach ridge, six miles from the Gulf.   
 
For more information visit rwrefuge.com or contact Gabe Giffin at ggiffin@wlf.la.gov.
 
 
 

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Airline High, Benton Schools Win Championships in Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament

Release Date: 03/15/2018

Airline High, Benton Schools Win Championships in Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament
Airline High, Benton Schools Win Championships in Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament
Airline High, Benton Schools Win Championships in Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament
Airline High, Benton Schools Win Championships in Archery in Louisiana Schools State Tournament

March 15, 2018 – Airline High School, Benton Middle and Benton Elementary captured top team honors in the bullseye competition of the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament in Shreveport on March 5. The state tournament was the largest event in ALAS’ program history with 1,105 students from 51 schools across the state participating and almost 60,000 arrows being shot.
 
Students competed for $20,000 in scholarships, prizes and awards as well as the chance to qualify for the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament to be held in May in Louisville, Kentucky. The ALAS program, part of NASP, is administered by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
 
Benton schools swept the 3-D tournament, with Benton Elementary, Middle, and High schools taking home the 3-D team titles in their respective divisions. The 3-D state tournament consisted of 445 students from 31 schools.
 
Student archers compete in three divisions, elementary school (grades 4-5), middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12). The top three teams in each division received a team trophy and each first place team in the bullseye and 3-D portions earn an automatic berth to the NASP National Tournament in Louisville on May 10-12.
 
The top ten male and female archers in each division received an automatic berth to the NASP National Tournament, with individual honors going to the top five finishers in each division. The top three male and female shooters in the bullseye portion received scholarship awards as did the top male and female overall shooters in the 3-D competition.  Prize bows were also awarded to the top male and female in each division.
 
Aidan Haire of Benton High won top male honors with a score of 293, and Amber Long of Benton Middle was the top female archer with a score of 290. Each receives a $5,000 scholarship and prize bow.
 
Tyler Pope of Benton Elementary shot a 291 and Eden Old of Benton Middle shot a 290 and took second place male and female overall, earning $2,500 each. Third place male and female overall went to Jordan Graff of Alexandria Senior High and Emma Rutledge of Benton Middle with scores of 290 and 287 respectively, earning a $1,250 scholarship each.
 
Emma Rutledge of Benton Middle and Jacob Coutee of Northwood High were recognized as the top female and male archers in the 3-D event with scores of 289 and 282 respectively.  Both received $1,250 scholarships for their first place finishes. 
 
In all, 31 Louisiana archery teams and 60 individuals qualified for the NASP National Tournament. A list of winners can be found at the ALAS Facebook page and full results can be found at www.nasptournaments.org.
 
Scholarships were made possible thanks to donations by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, Man Cave Archery, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation-Louisiana Chapter, Hoot & Holler Archery, LSU AgCenter, Morrell Targets, H&E Equipment Services, Quality Deer Management Association-Red River Branch, Homeland Safety Systems, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Cenla Bowbenders, Louisiana Bowhunter, Hot Rod Graphixx and Outlaw’s BBQ. LDWF would like to extend a special thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers and staff that made this year’s event possible.
 
The ALAS/NASP program, which serves roughly 220 schools and 22,000 students in Louisiana, is available to all schools in the state and grants are available to assist with funding. For more information about the ALAS program, contact ALAS State Coordinator, Chad Moore, at cmoore@wlf.la.gov or 318-230-4352.
 
 

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LDWF, DOTD Warning Motorists to be Aware of Deer Crossing Roads in Flood Affected Areas

Release Date: 03/15/2018

LDWF, DOTD Warning Motorists to be Aware of Deer Crossing Roads in Flood Affected Areas

March 15, 2018 - With widespread flooding caused by elevated rivers in some parts of the state, deer are being forced from their normal habitat and could be crossing roads and highways more frequently as they seek higher ground. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) are warning motorists to be alert for deer crossing roads and highways in the affected areas.
 
Deer, in some cases, will also attempt to return to their normal home ranges in advance of the water receding.
 
LDWF reminds the public to not handle deer or fawns. All calls regarding deer or fawns must be handled through the appropriate LDWF regional office. Go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife-field-offices-and-telephone-numbers for a listing of those offices or contact LDWF Deer Program Manager Johnathan Bordelon at jbordelon@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2344.
 
 

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$9,000 Reward Offered for Information on Shooting of Endangered Whooping Cranes in Acadia Parish

Release Date: 03/14/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents are still looking for information regarding two endangered whooping cranes that were shot to death in Acadia Parish on May 20, 2016.
 
The cranes were found just south of Rayne off of Hwy. 35 and Hains Hwy. on the afternoon of May 20.  The cranes were recovered and sent in for a necropsy, which revealed they were both shot.
 
"We wanted to refresh this news release because we believe that there are people out there that know something about who shot these cranes," said Col. Sammy Martin, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  "This has been an active investigation for almost two years now and while we do have leads and information we are investigating, we still need people to come forward to assist in this case."
 
Up to $9,000 is being offered by various groups for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of these whooping cranes.  LDWF's Operation Game Thief program and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation are each offering a reward of up to $1,000; The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering up to $5,000.  LDWF also received a total of $2,000 from private donations.
 
Anyone with information regarding these illegal killings should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, residents can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" app.  The hotline and the tip411 are monitored 24 hours a day.  Upon request, informants can remain anonymous.
 
LDWF has released 125 whooping cranes since 2011 and are currently tracking 66 whooping cranes.  The cranes in this case were released in December of 2015.

 

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Cameron LNG Recognized with Whooping Crane Stewardship Award by LWDF, LWFF

Release Date: 03/14/2018

Cameron LNG External Relations Manager Steve Trahan with portrait, Taking Flight.

March 14, 2018 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) recently recognized Cameron LNG with the Whooping Crane Stewardship Award for its financial support of LDWF’s reintroduction project in southwest Louisiana.
 
For the past three years, Houston-based Cameron LNG has partnered with LDWF and the reintroduction project, providing satellite transmitter equipment and associated communications costs for tracking the movement of the whooping cranes. The Stewardship Award is presented to companies in Louisiana willing to make a financial pledge to the restoration of whooping cranes in the state.
 
George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, presented Stevie Trahan, External Relations Manager with Cameron LNG, with Chris Davis’ wildlife portrait “Taking Flight” in appreciation of the corporate support provided for the project.
 
Cameron LNG operates a liquefaction project located just outside Hackberry in Cameron Parish in southwest Louisiana, where many of the cranes call home.
 
Louisiana’s whooping crane reintroduction project began in 2011 when 10 whooping cranes from the U.S. Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Facility in Maryland were released to White Lake Wetlands Conservations Area to develop the non-migratory flock. This marked a significant conservation milestone with the first wild whooping cranes in Louisiana since 1950. Each year since, more whooping cranes have been added to the initial flock and the current population is almost 70.
 
In 2016, the first chick hatched in the wild in Louisiana since 1939, a significant sign of recovery for the species.
 
Cameron LNG’s name originates from Cameron Parish, known for its many lakes, wildlife refuges and natural beauty. Cameron Parish is also the largest of Louisiana’s parishes with 1,313 square miles of land and 619 square miles of water inhabited by reptiles of all sorts, fresh and saltwater wildlife, over 400 bird species, sportsmen of all types and local families. Cameron LNG has made a commitment to safeguard the environment in which it operates.
 
To learn more about Louisiana’s whooping crane population, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/information . To contribute to the whooping crane project or any LDWF initiative, go to the LWFF website at http://lawff.org.
 
 
 

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LDWF Participating in “Spring Aboard” Boating Safety Campaign

Release Date: 03/14/2018

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are encouraging boaters to enroll in a boating education course prior to the kickoff of the boating season.
 
LDWF will be participating in the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Spring Aboard-Take a Boating Education Course campaign by providing seven free boating education courses across the state from March 18-24.
 
Developed by NASBLA, and produced under a grant administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, the annual Spring Aboard campaign informs and motivates boaters to prepare for the boating season by providing information on how to enroll in a boating knowledge or skills based education course.  The campaign emphasizes enrollment in courses verified as meeting the national boating knowledge or skill standard.
 
“Spring Aboard week is the perfect reminder and opportunity for anyone that needs to get boating certified before the spring and summer boating seasons,” said Major Rachel Zechenelly, Louisiana’s state boating law administrator.  “The classes are free of charge and bring valuable boating safety information for every boating student regardless of experience level.”
 
Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone in Louisiana born after Jan. 1, 1984 who operates a motorboat over 10 horsepower.  To register for an LDWF boating education course please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.
 
LDWF implemented Louisiana’s safe boating education program in 2003 and since that time have certified over 100,000 boaters.
 
U.S. Coast Guard statistics indicate that of the accidents where the level of operator education was known, 80 percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the boat operator had never received boating education instruction.

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