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Volunteers Needed for Derelict Crab Trap Cleanups

Release Date: 02/06/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host its annual Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo with two volunteer cleanup events in March. LDWF encourages volunteers to participate in this opportunity to remove abandon crab traps and conserve Louisiana’s marine resources. Volunteers are needed to assist with dockside activities including unloading and stacking traps. The greatest need is for volunteer boat owners to help maximize collection. 
 
The department will host the following volunteer cleanup events:
 
Lake Pontchartrain Basin: In partnership with Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and St. Bernard Parish government, a dedicated volunteer day will be held on Saturday, March 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sweetwater Marina located at 6205 Delacroix Hwy. For more information, contact Patrick Smith at patrick@saveourlake.org.
 
Terrebonne Basin: A second volunteer event will take place at Isle De Jean Charles Marina at 571 Island Road in Montegut on Saturday, March 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Marx at jmarx@wlf.la.gov
 
Boat owners will be given the equipment needed to collect the traps and transport them in the owner’s vessel. Additional volunteers are welcome to man the unloading dock and help with the demolition and disposal of traps.
 
The derelict crab trap cleanups will take place during the 30-day closure of the commercial blue crab fishery. The prohibition on the use of all crab traps begins on the third Monday in February.
 
The Derelict Crap Trap Removal Program was initiated by LDWF in 2004 to address removal of derelict and abandoned crab traps. The traps increase ghost-fishing mortality of blue crabs and other species captured incidentally, interfere with other commercial fishing gear types, create navigation hazards and reduce visual appeal of our environment. The volunteer-based program is funded through commercial fishermen gear fees, and since its inception has disposed of more than 27,000 derelict crab traps.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Earns Third-Party Certification to SFI on 490,000 Acres of WMA Property

Release Date: 02/06/2017

Feb. 6, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has certified approximately 490,000 acres of state-owned wildlife management area (WMA) forestland through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard.
 
“This is another method whereby LDWF can show that we’re using proper stewardship managing the property entrusted to us by the citizens of Louisiana,’’ LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “Thanks to the SFI Forest Partners Program, the public can remain confident that our forested WMA land is managed in line with the high standards set by SFI. They can also be assured that these forests will remain healthy and productive for generations to come.’’
 
The SFI Forest Partners® Program was founded by Time Inc., the National Geographic Society, Macmillan Publishers and Pearson, with support from Hearst Enterprises. They are investing in the future of forests by making commitments to increase the source of certified forest products, starting in the U.S. South. By collaborating on shared objectives and linking market leaders directly to stakeholder groups, SFI and its Forest Partners are working together to strengthen forest practices and procurement through certification.
 
“The long-term success of Louisiana’s forestry industry is dependent on sustainable management of the state’s natural resources,’’ Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “It significantly impacts employment and manufacturing activity. We believe this endeavor boosts our state’s commitment to landowners and timber directors by investing in responsible forest management.’’
 
SFI’s 2015-2019 Forest Management Standard is based upon principles, goals and performance measures that were developed nationally by professional foresters, conservationists and others with the intention of promoting sustainable forest management in North America. SFI and its many partners work together to balance environmental, economic and social objectives such as conservation of wildlife habitat and biodiversity, harvesting forest products, protecting water quality, providing forest industry jobs and developing recreational opportunities.
 
“We are thrilled that the LDWF has demonstrated their leadership and commitment to responsible forest management by getting these lands certified to SFI,” said Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of SFI Inc. “By doing so, they are contributing to SFI’s mission as a sustainability leader and helping to conserve important habitats for the Louisiana black bear and other species. The LDWF is also highlighting the importance of well-managed forests, and the communities and markets that rely on them.”
 
Much of the 490,000 certified acres sits in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, an area heavily populated by the Louisiana black bear.
 
“The Louisiana black bear and improving its habitat is certainly high on our list of management concerns,’’ LDWF Forestry Program Manager Duck Locascio said. SFI’s Forest Management Standard helps provide assurances for the protection of rare species, including the Louisiana black bear.
 
“Accredited third-party auditors evaluate the sustainability of our management of these Department-owned forestlands,’’ Locascio said. “Certification to SFI allows us to show the private landowners we work with, that are interested in managing for wildlife and long-term forest sustainability, that we’re doing what we say we’re doing and what we do works.’’
 
The primary objective for LDWF is to manage these areas to sustain the wildlife populations associated with the forestlands. The SFI certification will allow LDWF wood products to be accepted into the market as sustainably managed wood. Revenue from that will be put back into management of these lands by LDWF.
 
“Certification will increase the attractiveness of timber sales on our WMAs,’’ Locascio said. “That will allow our managers greater opportunity and flexibility to provide wildlife habitat enhancement treatments and, thus, further our primary mission to improve wildlife habitat and provide wildlife-oriented recreational opportunities.’’
 
 
About the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI)
SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized SFI program. SFI works collaboratively with conservation groups, local communities, youth, resource professionals, landowners and countless other organizations and individuals who share our passion for and commitment to healthy forests, responsible purchasing and sustainable communities. Since 2010, SFI has awarded 85 conservation and community partnership grants totaling more than $3 million to foster education, research and pilot efforts to better inform future decisions about our forests. When leveraged with project partner contributions, that total investment exceeds $9.5 million. In addition, sustainable forestry is promoted through the SFI Fiber Sourcing Standard and the SFI Chain-of-Custody Standard. SFI on-product labels help consumers make responsible purchasing decisions. SFI Inc. is governed by a three-chamber board of directors representing environmental, social and economic sectors equally. Learn more at www.sfiprogram.org and www.sfiprogram.org/Buy-SFI.
 
 
For more information on LDWF’s Forest Management Program, contact Duck Locascio, Jr., at dlocascio@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2346.

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Shrimp Task Force to Meet February 8th

Release Date: 02/04/2017

Shrimp Task Force Meeting

The following is the agenda for the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force Meeting. The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m.

Terrebonne Council Meeting Room

8026 Main Street, Houma, LA 70360

 

AGENDA

I.               Roll call and introduction of guests

II.             Approval of December 7, 2016 meeting minutes and February 8, 2017 agenda

III.           Treasury Report

A.     Budget report- LDWF

IV.            New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on Louisiana’s 2017 Draft Coastal Master Plan- Bren Haase

B.     Discussion of Task Force Financial Procedures- Cara Tyler/ Yvette Buckner

C.     Discussion of Shrimp Industry Washington Trip- Acy Cooper

D.     To Hear a Meeting Update from the Joint Task Force Working Group - Acy Cooper

E.     Officer Elections

F.     To Hear a Presentation on TEDs- NOAA Study- Michael Barnette

V.              Public Comment

VI.            Set Quarterly Meetings

VII.          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

 

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LDWF to Hold Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 02/03/2017

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will conduct an informational meeting concerning Lake Bistineau.

 
Who:       LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:      Public information meeting about Lake Bistineau
 
When:     Tuesday, February 21, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
                9961 Hwy. 80
                Minden, LA 71055
 
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will answer questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia.  Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meetings, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

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.

 

LDWF’s Archery in Louisiana Schools Program Conducts Regional Tournaments

Release Date: 02/03/2017

LDWF’s Archery in Louisiana Schools Program Conducts Regional Tournaments

Feb. 3, 2017 - The 2017 Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) regional tournaments, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF), concluded with a total of 1,453 participants from 53 Louisiana schools.
 
A total of 732 student archers participated in the 2017 ALAS South Regional Tournament on Jan. 14 in Alexandria. The 2017 ALAS North Regional Tournament was held on Jan. 21 in Shreveport with 721 competitors.  Regional qualifiers advance to the 2017 ALAS State Tournament, set for March 4 in Shreveport, to compete for scholarship awards and the opportunity to qualify for the 2017 NASP National Tournament.
 
Participants shot in teams of 12-24 archers in elementary, middle and high school divisions. The top three teams and top five individuals in each division were recognized in an awards ceremony at each tournament. Kaitlyn Misenheimer of Benton High School shot a 293, the highest score of either 2017 regional tournament. She earned the title of top Individual for the high school division at North Regional. Trent Ingraham of Northwood High School was close though with a score of 292, earning top individual in the middle school division at South Regional.
 
Here are the top team and top individual results for each tournament below.  For complete results, visit nasptournaments.org.  Congratulations and job well done to all archers.  
 
2017 ALAS REGIONAL TOURNAMENT TOP TEAM & TOP INDIVIDUAL  RESULTS
SOUTH REGIONALS
Team scoring
Elementary: 1. J.I. Barron Sr. Elementary, 2,837; 2. Ball Elementary, 2,795, Goodpine,  2,725.
Middle: 1. Northwood High, 3,213; 2. Jena Jr. High, 3,066; 3. Poland Jr. High, 3,062.
High school: 1. Alexandria Senior High, 3,115; 2. Acadiana High, 3,110; 3. Tioga High, 3,094.
Individual rankings
Elementary: 1. Jacob Skaggs, Northwood, 273; 2. Case Smith, Northwood, 272; 3. Micah Col, 264.
Middle: 1. Trent Ingraham, Northwood, 292; 2. Rhett Fannin, Jena, 286; 3. Lance Dykes, Northwood, 282.
High school: 1. Nathan Delill, Buckeye, 290; 2. Wayne Bearb, Acadiana, 280; 3. Ella Basco, Northwood, 278.
NORTH REGIONALS
Team scoring
Elementary: 1. Benton Elementary, 3,084; 2. Kingston Elementary, 3,069; 3. Princeton Elementary, 2,987.
Middle: 1. Benton Middle, 3,369; 2. Haughton Middle, 3,247; 3. Cope Middle, 3,151.
High school: 1. Benton High, 3,341; 2. Airline, 3,212; 3. Parkway, 3,115.
Individual rankings
Elementary: 1. Tyler Pope, Benton, 286; 2. Eden Old, Benton, 280; 3. Jason Nall, Kingston, 276.
Middle: 1. Tucker Gibbs, Benton, 291; 2. Avery Halverson, Benton, 288; 3. Lauren Bayne, 282.
High school: 1. Kaitlyn Misenheimer, Benton, 293; 2. Dakota Simpson, Caddo Magnet, 292; 3. Gabe Fradella, Benton, 286.
 
2017 ALAS STATE TOURNAMENT
 
The 2017 ALAS State Tournament will be held March 4, 2017, at the Shreveport Convention Center. This year’s state tournament will again include the NASP/IBO 3-D event. More than 1,000 student archers have already pre-registered.  This event is open to the public and free for those 18 years of age and under.  The adult admission fee is $5. The state tournament will begin with the first flight at 8 a.m. and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. 
 
These events are made possible by the generous contributions of our sponsors: Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Cenla Bowbenders, Morrell Targets, Man Cave Archery, Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority, Louisiana Archery, Whitetails Unlimited-Cenla Buckbusters, Hoot & Holler Archery, Quality Deer Management Association-Central Louisiana Branch, H&E Equipment Services, Outlaw’s BBQ, LSU AgCenter, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, National Wild Turkey Federation-Louisiana Chapter, CENLA Signs, Homeland Security and the Louisiana National Guard. 
 
ALAS is looking to partner with Louisiana businesses and organizations to continue to support student archers. Sponsorships are still being accepted for the 2017 ALAS State Tournament.  For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact ALAS State Coordinator, Robert Stroede, at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276. 
 
The ALAS program is also seeking volunteers to assist with the 2017 ALAS State Tournament. No previous experience is required but volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact ALAS Southeast Regional Coordinator Jan McGovern at jmcgovern@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4930.
 
ABOUT ARCHERY IN LOUISIANA SCHOOLS
 
The Archery in Louisiana Schools program, administered by LDWF, introduces students in grades 3-12 to international target style archery as part of the in-school curriculum.  ALAS is part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) that involves more than 14,000 schools and 2.4 million students in the United States annually. The ALAS/NASP program is available to all schools in Louisiana and grants are available to assist with funding,
For more information regarding the Archery in Louisiana Schools program contact ALAS State Coordinator Robert Stroede at rstroede@wlf.la.gov or 318-484-2276.
 

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Two Men Cited for Illegally Harvesting Deer Near Lottie

Release Date: 02/01/2017

Two Men Cited for Illegally Harvesting Deer Near Lottie

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two Pointe Coupee men for alleged deer hunting violations in Pointe Coupee Parish on Jan. 26.
 
Agents cited William Melancon, 18, and Abram Glaser, 19, for hunting deer during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle.
 
Agents were notified by the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office about two men who were stopped for a traffic violation with a doe and spike deer in the bed of their truck.  Agents arrived on scene and after questioning the men determined they took the deer at night from their vehicle with a crossbow near Lottie.
 
Agents seized the crossbow and both deer, which the deer were later donated to charity.
 
Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Melancon and Glaser could also face civil restitution totaling $3,249 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.
 
LDWF agent Sgt. Cliff Ortis and Pointe Coupee Deputy D. J. Higginbotham participated in the case.

 

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AMENDED Louisiana Crab Task Force to Meet February 7th

Release Date: 01/31/2017

                                                                            

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., Room 210

New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

 

AGENDA

I.            Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.            Approval of December 12, 2016 minutes and February 7, 2017 agenda

III.             Financial Repor

IV.           New Business

A.     Discussion of Upcoming Crab Trap Cleanups- Jeff Marx

B.     Discussion of Upcoming Crab Closures, Selling Crabs during Closed Trap Season -LDWF

C.     Discussion of MSC Sustainability Certification Assessment- Damon Morris

D.     Discussion of Task Force Financial Procedures- Cara Tyler/ Yvetter Buckner

E.     To Consider Funding for Jazz in the Park Treme Crab Festival- Emanuel Lain

F.     Discussion of Crab Marketing Opportunities- Thomas Hymel

G.     Officer Elections 

 

      VI.               Public Comment

      VII.             Set Next Meeting

      VIII.            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

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February 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 01/31/2017

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017
 
Contact: Rene LeBreton
Public Information
(504) 286-8745
rlebreton@wlf.la.gov
 
                                           Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
 
                                                            Committee Agenda
 
The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
 
The following items will be discussed:
 
1.     Call to Order
 
2.     Pledge of Allegiance
 
3.     Roll Call
 
4.     Adoption of January 05, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
6.     Enforcement Reports January, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena
 
7.     Receive the Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet – Jason Adriance, Biologist
 
8.     Receive an Update on and Consider Comments to previously approved Notice of Intent to Amend the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the 2017-2018 Season, the Resident Game Hunting Season for the 2017-2019 Hunting Seasons, the General and Wildlife Management Area Rules and Regulations for the Turkey Season, the Turkey Hunting Areas, and Seasons, and Bag Limits for the 2018 Turkey Season, and the Migratory Bird Seasons, Regulations, and Bag Limits for the 2017-2018 Hunting Season – Steve Smith, WMA Program Manager
 
9.     Receive Report on Deer Area 8 – Johnathan Bordelon, Deer Program Manager
 
10.  Receive Report on Kaput Feral Hog Bait – Dr. Jim LaCour, Wildlife Veterinarian
 
11.  Discussion and Consideration of March, 2017 Meeting Date, Location and Time
 
12.  Set May, 2017 Commission Meeting Date
 
13.  Receive Public Comments
 
14.  Consider Holding an Executive Session, Pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) for Discussion and Consideration of Settlement Offer in the matters involving the “Albritton Servitude,” including the following listed and related cases:
 

    • State of Louisiana v. ASA Properties, et al, Docket No. 72779, Section B, 42nd Judicial District Court, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana.
    • State of Louisiana v. ASA Properties, et al, Docket No. 35809, 39th Judicial District Court, Red River Parish, Louisiana.
    • Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P. v. Pintail Properties, LLC, et al, Docket No. 35565, 39th Judicial District Court, Red River Parish, Louisiana.
    • Petrohawk Operating Company v. Chesapeake Louisiana, L.P., et al, Docket No. 35,903, 39th Judicial District Court, Red River Parish, Louisiana.
    • QEP Energy Company v. Pintail Properties, et al, Docket No. 35,801, 39th Judicial District Court, Red River Parish, Louisiana.
    • Stroud Petroleum, Inc. v. Pintail Properties, LLC, et al, Docket No. 34865, 39th Judicial District Court, Red River Parish, Louisiana,

Ryan Seidemann, Assistant Attorney General and Daniel D. Henry, Jr., LDWF Deputy General Counsel

 
15.  Adjournment 
 
A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
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.
 
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 the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

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LDWF Begins Replacement of Big Roaring Bayou Bridge at Big Lake WMA

Release Date: 01/30/2017

Jan. 30, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has begun replacing Big Roaring Bayou Bridge at Big Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Fina Road from Louisiana Hwy. 4 to Trusler Lake Road will be closed during the duration of the bridge replacement work.
 
The project is scheduled to be completed by May 2017.
 
Big Lake WMA, which consists of 19,231 acres, is located in Franklin, Madison and Tensas parishes approximately 12 miles east of Gilbert. The eastern boundary of Big Lake WMA is contiguous with a portion of the western boundary of Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge. Together, these areas form one of the largest remaining tracts of bottomland hardwood forests that historically composed the lower Mississippi River floodplain from lower Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. For more information on Big Lake WMA, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/32646 .
 
For more information, contact Lowrey Moak at lmoak@wlf.la.gov or 318-343-4044.
 

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Oyster Season to Re-open in Portion of the Public Oyster Seed Grounds East of the Mississippi River and North of the MRGO

Release Date: 01/27/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will re-open a portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) within Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) Harvest Areas 3 and 4 at one-half hour before sunrise on January 31, 2017.  Daily take and possession limit has been reduced from 50 sacks to 20 sacks of oysters per vessel.  It is expected that this reduced sack limit will reduce the threat to the oyster resources in this area compared to previous harvest levels and these areas can withstand continued, limited harvest.

LDWF reminds oyster harvesters that the Lake Borgne/Mississippi Sound area, which is generally the area of LDHH Harvest Areas 1 and 2, will remain closed until further notice due to extensive oyster mortality observed throughout the area and to protect a recent spat set.  Closure of this area is expected to increase the likelihood of spat survival and facilitate resource recovery.  The protection of remaining oyster resource is in the long-term best interest of the public oyster seed grounds in this area.

Closure dates are determined by the LDWF Secretary Montoucet on an “as needed” basis, based on biological and harvest data, or if enforcement issues are encountered.  The Secretary is also authorized by the Commission to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended, and to open public areas if substantial oyster resources are located. 

Public notice of any opening, delay or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours in advance, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

 

To view maps related to this action visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

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