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L.D.W.F. News Release

Joyce WMA Swamp Walk Parking Area to Close Temporarily for Boardwalk Construction

Release Date: 05/14/2014

May 14, 2014 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that the Joyce Wildlife Management Area Swamp Walk parking area will be temporarily closed starting May 20, 2014, for work to begin on replacing the popular boardwalk.
 
The Swamp Walk, located in Tangipahoa Parish just south of Ponchatoula and east of Interstate 55, has been closed since August 2012 due to damage sustained during Hurricane Isaac.
 
The work to be done includes removing the damaged boardwalk, repairing three observation platforms and constructing the new boardwalk.  The parking area and boardwalk will remain closed for the duration of the project as a safety precaution.
 
The construction completion is scheduled for the end of August.  
 
For additional information, contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4777 or cwinslow@wlf.la.gov.         
 

164 Boaters Certified During "Boating Education Lagniappe Day"

Release Date: 05/13/2014

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) certified 164 boaters statewide after their fourth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on May 10.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day was at eight locations across the state and consisted of the National Association of Safe Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

The NASBLA safe boating certification is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 who wants to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The NASBLA approved course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Each student received that completed the course was issued a vessel operators certification card.

The eight locations consisted of:

Bossier Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
Sponsors: Academy Sports and Outdoors, Bayou Outdoor Supercenter of Bossier City, H&W Marine of Bossier City and O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
Sponsors: Academy Sports and Outdoors, Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Pizza Hut.

Rapides Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
Sponsors: Academy Sports and Outdoors and the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Lumber
Sponsors: Raising Canes of Opelousas, Acadiana Outfitters of Iberia, Walmart of Eunice and St. Landry Lumber of Opelousas.

Calcasieu Parish
Lake Charles Civic Center
Sponsors: Calcasieu Chapter Whitetails Unlimited.

Lafourche Parish
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range
Sponsors: Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association and Kief's Hardware Inc. of Cutoff.

Ascension Parish
Cabellas
Sponsors: Cabela’s and Louisiana Waterway Safety Inc.

St. Tammany Parish
Madisonville Branch of St. Tammany Parish Public Library
Sponsors: Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association.

For more information on boating regulations and safety, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.  For more information on boating education courses, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.

Studies have shown that states with a mandatory boating education program have fewer boating incidents that result in fatalities than states that have no boating education program.  States with a boating education program for more than 20 years had 3.67 fatalities per 100,000 registered boats, and states with no boating education program had 6.61 fatalities per 100,000 boats.

LDWF initiated the state's boating education program in 2003 and has certified over 50,000 boaters during that time.

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

LDWF to Replace Existing Bridge on East-West Road on Russell Sage WMA

Release Date: 05/09/2014

May 9, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has closed the existing bridge on the East-West Road on Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area to all vehicular traffic until further notice. The Ouachita Parish Police Jury recently inspected the bridge and found it to be in need of major repairs.
 
Due to the age of the bridge, LDWF has decided to demolish the existing bridge and replace it with metal culverts. The project should be completed well before the 2014 fall hunting seasons and vehicle traffic will be allowed to resume as usual once the project is completed.
 
The public will be allowed to continue using the East-West Road, located south of I-20, from its junction with the main road to the west end of the condemned bridge. However, vehicle traffic from the bridge east to the end of the East-West road will not be allowed until completion of the project.
 
Russell Sage WMA is located in Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland Parishes, approximately seven miles east of Monroe and ten miles west of Rayville. Access is provided by U.S. Hwy. 80 and I-20, which bisect the area. Interior, all-weather roads are maintained by the department.
 
For more information, contact Jerald Owens or Charles Booth at 318-343-4044.
 
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.
 
 

L.D.W.F. Issues Reminder to Leave Young Deer (Fawns) Undisturbed

Release Date: 05/09/2014

 

May, 9, 2014 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding people who encounter what appear to be abandoned fawns that they must be left alone and undisturbed.

Every year the department receives calls from concerned citizens who have found what they consider to be "abandoned" fawns. Well intentioned, concerned citizens sometimes bring fawns home and then call the department to retrieve and raise them. 

LDWF is alerting the public that it is against the law to capture fawns or any other wild animal.  If caught transporting or possessing wild deer without a permit, well meaning individuals may be subject to citations and fines. 

“Picking up fawns seriously diminishes their chances to live a normal and healthy life,” said Scott Durham, LDWF Deer Program Manager. “When a fawn is born, it is weak, awkward and unable to move quickly enough to escape predators. Its primary survival mechanism is to remain still and hidden. The newborn fawn has a coat of light reddish brown hair liberally covered with white spots that provides excellent camouflage. The doe will remain in the area to feed and nurture the fawn.  When the young deer gets older and stronger it will be able to forage for food with its mother.”

When encountering fawns in the wild, simply leave them untouched and depart quietly from the area.  This action will provide the young deer its best chance to survive in the wild and prevent a possible citation for an illegal, but otherwise well intended action.

For more information, contact Scott Durham at 225-765-2351 or email at sdurham@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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

 

Annual Drawdown at Catahoula Lake Underway

Release Date: 05/09/2014

May 9, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has begun de-watering Catahoula Lake with a target date of June 30 for reaching drawdown pool stage. The timeframe is similar to last year’s drawdown schedule and one month earlier than the traditional drawdown dates for this LaSalle Parish water body.
 
“We hope to complete this second early drawdown, following two years of later drawdowns in 2011 and 2012, as part of our experimental manipulations,” said Larry Reynolds, LDWF Waterfowl Study Leader. “This schedule also gives us a better chance of conducting physical and chemical treatment of encroaching woody vegetation.”
 
Despite very high water levels from rainfall in April, the water level has been steadily falling to nearly 32 feet at this time.  It will be lowered to approximately 31 feet by May 31 and to 27.5 feet by June 30, rainfall and runoff permitting.
 
Catahoula Lake provides important wetland habitat for migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland birds in Louisiana, especially during the late-summer and early-fall when shallow-flooded habitat is generally limited across the state.  Lowering of water levels in summer exposes mudflats, which are used extensively by migrating shorebirds of many species, and stimulates germination and growth of annual plants that produce seeds and tubers that provide excellent foods for migrating and wintering waterfowl.  
 
Varying summer drawdown date is one aspect of a management/research program exploring methods to combat encroaching woody vegetation on the lakebed while maintaining or enhancing the production of high-quality food plants for migrating and wintering waterfowl.  Static water-level management is well known to reduce productivity in wetland systems, and may be providing conditions favoring the spread of Swamp privet and Water elm trees, which displace waterfowl food-producing plants like Chufa flatsedge and Sprangletop.
 
LDWF has partnered with researchers at LSU’s School or Renewable Natural Resources to expand ecological knowledge of Water elm, relate the encroachment of woody species to past environmental conditions, and evaluate vegetation responses to recent management actions in hopes of developing a more comprehensive plan for managing the lake to maintain or improve habitat conditions for migratory waterfowl.
 
For more information contact Larry Reynolds at (225) 765-0456 or Lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.
 

 

Violet Man Sentenced for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 05/08/2014

A Violet man pleaded guilt today, May 8, in the 34th Judicial District of St. Bernard Parish for oyster violations.

Judge Jean Nunez Juneau accepted the guilty plea from Oliver F. Rudesell Jr., 32, and sentenced him to pay a $650 fine plus court costs and a 60-day jail term that was suspended.

Rudesell Jr. also must not be on a vessel harvesting oysters, possessing oysters or gear to take oysters for two years unless that vessel is equipped with a vessel monitoring system that is monitored by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents.  He was also placed on two years probation with six months being active in which he cannot be caught committing any Class 3 or higher wildlife offenses.

Rudesell Jr. pled guilty to two counts of taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms, and pled no contest to failing to have a commercial license in possession, taking commercial fish without a gear license and taking commercial fish without a vessel license.

The sentence is a result of numerous occasions where Rudesell Jr. was caught by LDWF Enforcement Division Agents for taking oysters from unleased state grounds and license violations in St. Bernard Parish.

The case was prosecuted by Darren Roy for the St. Bernard Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Agents participating in the case were Capt. Steven McManus, Sgts. Adam Young, Mike Garrity and Villere Reggio and Senior Agent Bret Nabors.

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

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 05/08/2014

Environmental Education Commission
Meeting Agenda

May 13, 2014
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
4th Floor Conference Room, Baton Rouge Office
1 PM

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll Call/Sign-in
  3. Introduction
  4. Minutes from last meeting
  5. Financial Report
  6. Coordinator’s Report
  7. Old Business
    1. 2014 Symposium Report
    2. State Environmental Literacy Plan
    3. EE Grant Awards
    4. Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest
    5. Playmakers update
    6. EPA Sub-Grant Award update
      • Grant programs
      • Quantifying Debris Workshop
  8. New Business
    1. 2015 Symposium
      • Theme vote
      • Committee formation
  9. Announcements
  10. Next Meeting Dates: August 12, 2014, November 11, 2014, February 27, 2015
  11. Adjournment

 
For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124.

LDWF Wildlife Research and Management Symposium Set for May 27

Release Date: 05/08/2014

 
May 8, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Office of Wildlife is hosting a Research, Management and Education Symposium on Tuesday, May 27 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Louisiana Room at the department’s administrative office at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.
 
Subject matter to be presented by professional biologists will include:  the southern pine beetle, amphibians in the Atchafalaya Basin, dove field management on Elbow Slough WMA, the federal Farm Bill, gopher tortoise conservation, trends in hunter education, prairie restoration, prescribed burning on Sandy Hollow WMA, influences of hunting on turkey movements, and white-tailed buck space use and movement patterns.
 
The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information on the May 27 event, contact Dr. Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@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/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
 

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Meeting Agenda

Environmental Education Commission
Meeting Agenda

May 13, 2014
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
4th Floor Conference Room, Baton Rouge Office
1 PM

  1. Call to order
  2. Roll Call/Sign-in
  3. Introduction
  4. Minutes from last meeting
  5. Financial Report
  6. Coordinator’s Report
  7. Old Business
    1. 2014 Symposium Report
    2. State Environmental Literacy Plan
    3. EE Grant Awards
    4. Environmental Awareness Art & Language Arts Contest
    5. Playmakers update
    6. EPA Sub-Grant Award update
      • Grant programs
      • Quantifying Debris Workshop
  8. New Business
    1. 2015 Symposium
      • Theme vote
      • Committee formation
  9. Announcements
  10. Next Meeting Dates: August 12, 2014, November 11, 2014, February 27, 2015
  11. Adjournment

 
For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124.

LDWF to Hold Summer Day Camps in Baton Rouge

Release Date: 05/06/2014

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is sponsoring two summer day camps for children 12 to 16 years old at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center in Baton Rouge this summer.

The camps will be held from June 23-27 and again from July 21-25.  Each camp is completely free of charge and will allow participants to receive their official boater and hunter education certifications.

LDWF will also offer a fish identification class, fishing and canoeing in the ponds at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center, skeet shooting, and other outdoor related classes and activities.  LDWF Environmental Education staff will also assist with the camps and provide workshops on non-consumptive educational programs.

"These camps provide a lot of time for learning classroom material that the children then get a chance to utilize with hands on activities immediately outside later that same day,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.  “For a week, parents have the chance to let their kids become sportsmen and women in a safe, supervised environment.”

LDWF and Podnuh’s Bar-B-Q of Baton Rouge is providing a daily lunch free of charge for the five-day summer camps.   Cabela's in Gonzales also donated rod and reel combos for each child that they can take home at the end of the camp.  The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana are each providing two lifetime hunting and fishing combo licenses that will be given to four of the participants.

The camps are open to 25 children per camp who have not completed a boater or hunter education certificate.

To register for the camps, parents must fill out the online application by May 27.  Parents must fill out a separate application for each child they wish to register and may only register their child for one of the camps.  The online registration form is located at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/summerdaycamp.

Since the main goal of these camps is to introduce and teach kids about the outdoors, LDWF will choose the 25 kids for each camp based on the child’s lack of experience with fishing, boating and hunting.  LDWF will notify parents by either email or phone if their child has been selected for the camps.

Parents with children that have been selected for either camp, must drop off their child at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center located at 4142 North Flannery Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70814 between 7 and 8 a.m., and then pick their child up between 4 and 5 p.m. each day.  Attendance every day of the week is mandatory in order to receive the boating and hunting education certifications.

The boating education course is mandatory for anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 and proof of completion of the course is necessary to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.  The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

The hunter education course is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969, who plans on purchasing a hunting license.  The hunter education curriculum includes sections on ethics and responsibility, wildlife management, firearms and ammunition, safety in the field, wildlife identification and wildlife conservation.  The major objectives of the hunter education programs are to reduce the number of hunting accidents, improve the image of hunting through ethical and responsible conduct and promote the shooting sports.

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

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