LDWF News Release


Release Date: 09/16/2014

September. 15, 2014 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) on September 27. 

NHFD is a national event celebrated by all 50 states on the fourth Saturday in September. It was created in 1972 when Congress passed two bills establishing a specific day to celebrate the conservation contributions of our nation’s hunters and anglers. Over forty years later, the events are still going strong. 

LDWF introduced its first NHFD event in 1982 at the Monroe district office. In the following years, three more locations were developed in Baton Rouge, Minden and Woodworth. Today, more than 10,000 people statewide attend the celebrations, establishing the overall largest public outreach event for the department.

“Our goal to is get people outdoors to enjoy the activities we offer and hopefully, send them home with a renewed interest and appreciation for Louisiana’s natural resources,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “The National Hunting and Fishing Day experience is designed to stimulate greater interest in experiencing and preserving the treasures we have here in Sportsman’s Paradise.”

All four events are free. The number and types of exhibits vary at each location but all include exhibits on LDWF management programs, shooting and fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Safari Club and CCA, and supporting businesses from the local communities. Attendees have the chance to try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds and boating activities, as well as learn about wildlife through interaction with live animals. 

Family Fish Fest
In conjunction with the National Hunting and Fishing Day Outdoor Festival on September 27, LDWF will host a Family Fish Fest for youth age 15 and under at the Baton Rouge location. The event is free and registration is on-site only beginning at 9 a.m. The first 50 registrants will receive a complimentary rod and reel, courtesy of Pure Fishing, and the first 100 registrants will receive a fishing goodie bag. Every registrant will automatically be entered into numerous prize drawings. In addition, adults will receive one raffle ticket for each youth they enter into the Family Fish Fest for the chance to win great prizes. All anglers are asked to bring their own fishing equipment and bait.

The schedule for the Baton Rouge Family Fish Fest is as follows:

Registration                                       9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Fishing/weigh-in                                9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Awards ceremony and giveaways   11 a.m.
Hunting and Fishing Day Activity Book and Scout Patch Opportunity
Youth and Scout participants can also obtain and complete an activity book from the Activity Book Registration tent to receive a Hunting and Fishing Day patch (Scouts only) and sticker at the Baton Rouge and Woodworth locations. The booklet includes numerous activities including casting, fish ID, canoeing, fish tagging, archery, and more!     

For more information on National Hunting and Fishing Day, contact one of the four locations or go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/nhfd2013
Baton Rouge
Waddill Outdoor Education Center

4142 N. Flannery Road

OPSO Public Shooting Range

357 Sheriff Fewell Rd
West Monroe, LA 71291

(318) 343-4044 

Bodcau Wildlife Management Area

1700 Bodcau Dam Rd.
Haughton, LA 71037

(318) 371-3050 

Woodworth Outdoor Education Center

661 Robinson Bridge Rd.
Woodworth, LA 71485

(318) 484-2212


White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area 2014-15 Marsh and Rice Field Waterfowl Lottery Hunts Announced

Release Date: 09/16/2014

Sept. 16, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is now accepting applications for 2014-15 marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts on White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Vermilion Parish.
Marsh hunts are available on:
Nov. 20, 24, 26, 29 and 30;
Dec. 22, 23, 27 and 28; and
Jan. 5, 13 and 15.
Rice field hunts are available on:
Nov. 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29 and 30;
Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 and 30; and
Jan. 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 25.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and applications for both hunts must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2014.
Applications may be obtained by contacting any of LDWF's field offices or by visiting the LDWF website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/refuge/lottery-applications .  Completed applications may be delivered in person to the LDWF headquarters building at 2000 Quail Drive, Room 422, Baton Rouge, La., 70808 or by mail to the same address.   Please note on envelope: Attention: White Lake Marsh (or Rice Field) Lottery Hunt, whichever is applicable.
Each application must include a non-refundable $5 administrative fee. The $5 fee must be paid by a check or money order payable to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Successful applicants will be notified by mail.
Selected applicants will be allowed two guests for the rice field hunts and one guest for the marsh hunts. An additional payment of $225 will be required for the rice field hunts and $350 for the marsh hunts.
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 on White Lake WCA marsh and rice field waterfowl lottery hunts, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400, ext. 1, or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .


Hunters Reminded to Practice Treestand Safety

Release Date: 09/11/2014

Sept. 11, 2014 -- As the opening of the 2014-15 deer season approaches, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is reminding hunters to make pre-hunt checks to ensure treestand safety and use appropriate safety gear to reduce the chance of accidents in the field.
Each year, a few hunters are injured when they fall from stands or their stands fail. Nearly all of these injuries can be prevented if hunters follow some basic treestand safety rules:

  • Thoroughly check and inspect the stand and all safety equipment before use.  If a stand was left on a tree or in the woods since last season, all straps should be replaced with new straps specifically designed for treestand use.  Older straps may appear safe to use, but they can be weaken with exposure to weather and sunlight.  In addition, straps left on trees for long periods are under continual stress as the tree grows and may break when placed under a load.
  • Only use treestands and safety equipment that meet or exceed industry standards recognized by the Treestand Manufacture’s Association (TMA).  A list of products that are certified to industry standards recognized by TMA is available on the TMA website: www.tmastands.com .
  • Always wear and properly attach a Full Body Fall Arrest Harness System (FBFAHS) anytime you leave the ground, including while ascending and descending.  Older devices such as single strap belts and chest harnesses are dangerous and should never be used.  Many new stands come with a FBFAHS.   In addition, there are numerous comfortable and easy to use FBFAHS that can be purchased separately from a stand.
  • Use your safety equipment properly and practice before you go hunting.  Read, understand and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.  In the presence of a responsible adult, practice with your FBFAHS near ground level and experience what it feels like to be suspended.  Know how to recover if you experience a fall in your FBFAHS and be sure to have a communication or signaling device that you can access if you are suspended in your FBFAHS.
  • After you are in your stand and have properly attached your FBFAHS, use a haul line to lift your equipment, including your unloaded firearm or bow, into your stand.  Never climb with a firearm or bow attached to your body.
  • Always let a responsible person know where you will be hunting and when you expect to return.  Provide them with emergency contact information in the event you do not return when expected.

LDWF has produced several short, treestand safety videos that are available at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting-safety-videos .  In addition the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association website www.tmastands.com provides information about safe use of treestands and safety equipment.
Hunting from a treestand can be an enjoyable and effective hunting technique, but safe use of treestands requires preparation and practice. For more information, contact Fred Kimmel at 225-765-2355 or fkimmel@wlf.la.gov.


LDWF Agents Issue 55 Citations for Hunting Over Bait During Opening Weekend of Dove Season

Release Date: 09/09/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents issued 101 dove hunting related citations during the opening weekend of dove season on Sept. 6 and 7 statewide.

Of the 101 total citations, 55 were for hunting doves over a baited area.  Most of the other charges were for hunting with an unplugged gun, hunting without a basic hunting license, placing bait, hunting from a moving vehicle, and taking non-game birds.

A large portion of the hunting doves over a baited area took place in Franklin Parish where agents found 28 people hunting over bait.  Other places that agents found numerous people hunting over bait included Avoyelles Parish with five people, Tensas Parish with four people, Claiborne with four people, Washington Parish with four people, Beauregard Parish with two people, Rapides Parish with two people and St. John Parish with two people.

Agents also seized over 300 doves associated with the citations.

Dove season began on Sept. 6 with a daily bag limit of 15 doves and possession limit of 45 doves.  However, there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird.  Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed-turtle doves (those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.  Please check the LDWF dove hunting web page found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/dove for more information.

Hunting over a baited field for doves, placing bait, and taking non-game birds each brings a state penalty of $400 to $950 in fines and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting with unplugged guns and from a moving vehicle each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without a basic hunting license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

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

2014 International YHEC Champions Recognized at Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/08/2014

2014 International YHEC Champions Recognized at Commission Meeting

Sept. 8, 2014 – Louisiana youth hunters garnered top honors this summer at the 2014 NRA’s International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) held in Mansfield, Pa., in July.
Their efforts were recognized by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Hunting Heritage Coordinator John Sturgis at the Sept. 4 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge.
The top 20 seniors and juniors from the state competition were awarded the opportunity to attend the International Challenge following their success at the Louisiana State YHEC  event held in Pollock, La., on the weekend of May 31 – June 1.
Youth from across the state, ranging in age from 10 to 18, competed in eight different events that tested their shooting and mental skills. The eight events were comprised of four shooting and four non-shooting events: archery, muzzleloader, shotgun, 22 rifle, plus hunter responsibility, hunter safety on the trail, orienteering skills and wildlife identification.
The top 15 seniors at the State Challenge included: Terrebonne Parish participants Doyle Donaldson (overall state Senior champ), Conner Chaisson, Jordan Palmisano, Ian Duplantis, Matt Braud, Brennan Lirette, Lane Leblanc and Christopher Becnel; Greater New Orleans participants Brad Petras, Blake Morris, Austin Faucheau and Seth Rome; plus Austin Pace from Desoto Parish; Elijah Dupree from Acadiana Parish; and Emily Fulton from northwest Louisiana.
The top 15 juniors at the State Challenge included: Terrebonne Parish participants William Powell (overall state Junior champ), Justin Guillory, Blake Johnson, Jason Danos, Kyle Landry, Adrienne Talbot, Lacey Bonvillain, Rory Bergeron and Adam Hubbell; Greater New Orleans participants Blake Rogers, Jay Madden, Gavin Madden, Jacob Landry and Tyler Abadie; and Austin Daily from Rapides Parish.
The top 10 senior and top 10 juniors from the state then advanced to the YHEC International Challenge held in Mansfield, Pa., during the week of July 18. The Louisiana competitors were broken into five-man shooting teams. The Senior Gold Team included: Doyle Donaldson, Emily Fulton, Conner Chaisson, Brad Petras and Jordan Palmisano. The Senior Silver Team included Ian Duplantis, Matt Braud, Brennan Lirette, Austin Pace and Christopher Becnel.  The Junior Gold Team was comprised of William Powell, Justin Guillory, Blake Johnson, Jason Danos and Jay Madden. And the Junior Silver Team was comprised of Kyle Landry, Adrienne Talbot, Lacey Bonvillain, Rory Bergeron and Adam Hubbell.
The Louisiana teams, competing at the International Challenge as the Bayou Bandits, received the following awards:
Senior Gold Team: Team Overall International Champion; including 3rd place muzzleloader, 1st place shotgun, 1st place rifle, 3rd place hunter responsibility test, 2nd place safety trail, and 2nd place wildlife identification
Junior Gold Team: 1st place shotgun and 3rd place safety trail
Doyle Donaldson: Senior Individual Overall International Champion; including 1st in rifle, 3rd in shotgun and 1st in hunter responsibility
Ian Duplantis, Senior: 1st in safety trail and 2nd in shotgun
Jay Madden, Junior: 3rd in muzzleloader
Brad Petras, Senior: 1st place in wildlife identification
William Powell: Junior Individual Overall International Champion; including 1st in shotgun, 1st in hunter responsibility, 1st in orienteering and 3rd in wildlife identification
YHEC is a National Rifle Association youth program that teaches youth outdoor skills with its main focus being the safe handling of firearms.  The program is taught by certified hunter safety instructors, coaches and parent volunteers.
The YHEC program is committed to providing youth with top-notch shooting, hunting and safety skills by challenging their minds and cultivating high standards for hunting and wildlife.  YHEC strengthens values such as concentration, commitment, sportsmanship and teamwork.
For more information on the YHEC Program, visit website http://hservices.nra.org/youth-hunter-education-challenge.aspx or contact John Sturgis at 337-948-0255 or jsturgis@wlf.la.gov .
*More Louisiana International YHEC Photos can been viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/yhec/sets/.


World Champion Benton Elementary Archers Honored at September Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/08/2014

World Champion Benton Elementary Archers Honored at September Commission Meeting

Sept. 8, 2014 -- The Benton Elementary School archery team that won the 2014 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament this summer was honored during the September Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.
The Benton team, comprised of 24 fourth and fifth graders and one third grader, were invited to compete at the World Tournament in July in Madison, Wisconsin.  They were the first Louisiana team to qualify for the World Tournament and did so by finishing in eighth place at the NASP National Tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky in May.
At the World Tournament, the Benton team tallied a score 66 points higher than their National Tournament score to achieve the World Champion trophy.
In order to participate at the National Tournament, teams and individuals had to qualify at the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) State Tournament in March. The ALAS program is sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and is available to all schools in Louisiana. The program teaches international target style archery to students in grades 4-12.
The NASP began in Kentucky back in late 2001 and has since spread to 47 states, seven Canadian provinces, South Africa, New Zealand, Mongolia and Australia. Since its inception 13 years
ago, the NASP program has positively affected the lives of over 13 million students in over 12,000 schools in the U.S. 
More than 100 Louisiana schools are enrolled in the ALAS program and more are being added each year. In the past three years, the ALAS state tournament has more than tripled in competitor numbers. 
Schools placing first at the state tournament as a team and those who shoot a qualifying team score are eligible to participate in the NASP National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.  Individuals who qualify in the top ten at state are also eligible to compete at Nationals.
For more information about the ALAS program, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/archery/archery-louisiana-schools-alas or contact Robert Stroede at 318-484-2276 or rstroede@wlf.la.gov , or follow us on Facebook under ALAS-Archery in Louisiana Schools.
PHOTO: World Champion Benton Elementary Archers (top row - left to right) Kaitlyn Masters, Carly VanBuskirk, Brady Duncan, Aiden Gilcrease, Emma Bunch and Allison Allen; (bottom row - left to right) LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, Thomas Gamble, Dylan Hicks, Colby Leeper, Bryce Hughes, Rebekah Edmonds, Averie Halverson, Coach Perry Norcross and ALAS Coordinator Robert Stroede.  *Not shown - Lake Bradford, Josh Farris, Jazmine Young, Grant Talley, Douglas Graham, Alisha Huffman, Dasha Hollenshead, Cain Anderson and Assistant Coaches Haley Huffman, Jeff Huffman and Chip Hemphill.


Russell Sage WMA Trail Project Recognized

Release Date: 09/08/2014

Russell Sage WMA Trail Project Recognized

Sept. 8, 2014 – A recreational trail rehabilitation project at Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Ouachita Parish was one of 14 projects from across the United States that received a national award for outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program Funds (RTP) in 2014.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Wildlife Division utilized RTP funding of $38,286 plus an additional $12,250 from the agency’s Conservation Fund to improve the Sawyer Trail within the 22,000-acre WMA just to the east of the Monroe/West Monroe area.
Wildlife Division staff involved in the project were recognized during the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Sept. 4 meeting.
Russell Sage WMA is a popular destination for approximately 30,000 users annually due to its diverse wildlife populations and habitats.  Users range from hunters and fishermen to sightseers, hikers and birdwatchers.  
The Sawyer Trail is an important recreational feature that provides over two miles of ATV and UTV access on the northern portion of the WMA. The trail passes through a bottomland hardwood forest which is representative of the forests which once covered much of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.  Prior to department ownership of this property, this trail was an oilfield road that provided access to oil well locations within the property.
The department purchased the area in 1960 and the trail, through normal use, degraded over time. It was selected for renovation to improve access for WMA users. The project funding was awarded in 2011 and completed in 2013.  Improvements to the trail included:

  • Widening of the existing trail right-of-way to 50 feet, along the entire two mile length, to facilitate drying and maintenance activities.
  • Elevation of the trail to a minimum of three feet above grade, with ditches excavated on both sides to improve the quality of the trail to users and to make maintenance of trail more efficient and feasible.
  • Installation of nine culverts along the trail’s length to facilitate drainage and natural hydrologic flow through the adjacent bottomland hardwood systems.
  • Improvement of trailhead parking by adding 120 tons of limestone. 

Users now have improved access along and to the entirety of the trail and can now more easily and safely access the northern portion of the WMA.   
LDWF manages over 1.1 million acres in its Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Program.  These areas are distributed across the state and are comprised of a vast array of habitat types.  The WMA Program’s mission is to deliver conservation priorities to Louisiana’s landscape, conserving the state’s diverse wildlife resources, as well as provide an array of outdoor recreational opportunities to the public.
For more information on Russell Sage WMA or any LDWF wildlife management area, visit http://www.wlf.state.la.us/wma or contact Steve Smith at 318-487-5885 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov .
PHOTO: LDWF Wildlife Division staff (left to right) Steve Smith, Chuck Easterling, Tracy Farrar, Nick Freeland and Jacques Vidrine are recognized at Sept. 4 LWF Commission meeting for work done on Russell Sage WMA ATV trail.


LDWF and TPWD Plan Joint Crab Trap Cleanup in Sabine Lake

Release Date: 09/08/2014

September 8, 2014- At today’s meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent that targets Sabine Lake for a joint crab trap cleanup by the Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 

In order to conduct the cleanup, both the Louisiana and Texas sides of Sabine Lake will be temporarily closed to the use of crab traps so staff from both agencies and volunteers can conduct the cleanup. The Sabine Lake crab trap closure is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. February 20, 2015 through 6 a.m. March 1, 2015 and also includes portions of the Sabine River and other parts of Cameron Parish immediately east of Sabine Lake.

In the past 10 years, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of more than 24,000 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts.

Last year, LDWF and Louisiana Sea Grant staff, volunteer organizations and individual volunteers including members of the Coastal Conservation Association and Louisiana Crab Task Force as well as volunteer students and faculty from Nicholls State University and LSU, NOAA Fisheries Service, and charterboat captains, commercial crab and shrimp fishermen contributed to the removal of over 1,000 crab traps from coastal waters in Terrebonne Parish.

Sabine Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps will be prohibited in the following area beginning at 6 a.m., February 20 through 6 a.m., March 1, 2015:

From a point originating at the Louisiana/Texas state line at the mouth of the Sabine River; thence northward along the Louisiana/Texas state line through the Sabine River and Sabine Lake; thence northward along the Louisiana/Texas state line through the Sabine River to the intersection of the Sabine River and the northern shore of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW); thence eastward along the northern shore of the GIWW to 93 degrees 37 minutes 00 seconds West longitude; thence southward along 93 degrees 37 minutes 00 seconds West longitude to a point along the inside-outside shrimp line as defined in R.S. 56:495(A); thence westward along the inside-outside shrimp line and terminating at the Louisiana/Texas state line and mouth of the Sabine River.

For a map detailing the closure area, click here:

All crab traps remaining in the closed area during the specified period will be considered abandoned.

In the weeks leading up to the closure, LDWF will mail notices to all licensed recreational and commercial crab trap license holders and crab buyers within Cameron and Calcasieu parishes as well as non-resident licensed crab fishermen who fish Louisiana waters and reside in Texas.

These proposed trap removal regulations do not provide authorization for access to private property. Authorization to access private property can only be provided by individual landowners.

Crab traps may be removed only between one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Anyone may remove these abandoned crab traps from within the closed area. Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.

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.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Mr. Martin Bourgeois, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, Box 189, Bourg, LA 70343, or via e-mail to:  mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov prior to October 10, 2014.

For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at (504) 430-2623 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov.



LDWF Amends NOI to develop Fisheries Forward Program

Release Date: 09/08/2014

September 8, 2014 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host a public hearing on October 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge to discuss the proposed rule change to the Fisheries Forward Notice of Intent.
In July, LDWF published a Notice of Intent in the Louisiana State Register to establish the Fisheries Forward program, a program that was created to elevate the professionalism in Louisiana’s seafood industry.
After thorough review and public input, LDWF has made the following substantive change to the original notice of intent:
The Department shall issue a special crab trap permit allowing the applicant to actively fish crabs under a sponsor’s crab trap gear license and report trip ticket sales of crabs using the applicant’s name and commercial fisherman’s license number. This permit shall only be issued once and shall only be valid for the duration of the sponsorship. The applicant must complete a minimum of 20 crab fishing trips evidenced by trip tickets. Any trips or landings conducted prior to the date the sponsorship is initiated shall not count toward the applicant’s total required crab fishing trips.
For more information on the Notice of Intent, contact  Jason Froeba at jfroeba@wlf.la.gov or (225)765-0121.


Louisiana Conservation Connection Now Available

Release Date: 09/04/2014

Louisiana Conservation Connection Now Available

Sept. 4, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) and the Resources First Foundation (RFF) announced today that the Louisiana Conservation Connection (LCC) is now available for landowners to use as a resource for information on land management.

“The goal with this new, web-based resource tool is easy access to information that any landowner or land manager can use to improve their property for whatever their need might be,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.

Appearing before the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at their monthly meeting, RFF President Amos Eno highlighted the partners and vast selection of sources that private landowners can contact for assistance in making sound decisions when managing for wildlife habitat, agricultural or forestry concerns.

“The conservation market in the 21st century is increasingly focused on the private sector and on the actions of individual private land owners,” said Eno. “The Louisiana Conservation Connection is RFF's 6th statewide conservation center and hosts 4,000 information resources. We are pleased to help position Louisiana in the fore front of our nations' private sector conservation leadership.”

The LCC information resource was created by RFF and built with grants from the Walton Family Foundation and LWFF. The web site -- http://www.stateconservation.org/louisiana  -- addresses the conservation needs of Louisiana’s private landowners.

“The LWFF Board of Directors were impressed by the previous work done by RFF and are proud to have provided grant funds for the development of the Louisiana Conservation Connection,” said Kell McInnis, LWFF executive director. “We believe that the web site will be a valuable tool for all Louisiana landowners to become better stewards of their property and the wildlife resources that depend on it.”

The web site provides information on conservation, family farms, forestry, federal and state conservation programs, invasive and native species, natural heritage tourism and outdoor recreation, tax and estate planning services and water and wildlife resources. Landowners can find information on their local service providers such as foresters, biologists, equipment suppliers, veterinarians, and tax consultants. Site users will find new ideas for boosting their income and innovative tools for a broad range of ranch, farm and forest best management practices and tax and estate legal advisory services.

RFF is a registered 501(C)(3) non-profit organization established in 2000 to provide conservation education tools and solutions to promote conservation and restoration activities for fish, wildlife and other natural resources primarily on privately owned lands across the United States.

RFF’s websites are designed for the whole conservation community including: private owners, professional staff (foresters, biologists, lawyers, appraisers, etc.), and conservation service providers. With all of RFF’s projects, the goal is to connect people to conservation by leveling the playing field, providing free access to critical conservation information, tools, and services.

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

For more information, contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov  or Amos Eno at 207-221-2753 or aeno@resourcesfirstfoundation.org .

Photo caption: (left to right) Kell McInnis, LWFF executive director; LDWF Secretary Robert Barham; and RFF President Amos Eno at the Sept. 4 LWF Commission meeting following announcement of the Louisiana Conservation Connection, a new web resource for landowners.

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