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LWFC Takes No Vote on Fall Red Snapper Season in Louisiana

Release Date: 10/07/2017

Baton Rouge, LA – During the October meeting on Thursday, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission opted not to vote on a proposal to give anglers additional access to red snapper during the fall of 2017.

Several commissioners said they were concerned that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) did not have the snapper harvest numbers from the four other Gulf Coast states, and that harvest could cause the overall gulf-wide quota to be exceeded. The overall catch numbers for 2017, especially if it far exceeds the gulf-wide quota, could affect both the federal and state red snapper season in 2018.

Earlier this summer, the Gulf Coast states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama and Florida - were granted a 39-day extension to allow private recreational anglers to fish for red snapper in federal waters out to 200 nautical miles from their coasts.  That extension ended on September 4, 2017.

Representatives from the Coastal Conservation Association and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership requested the commission delay approval of a fall red snapper season until the catch data from the other four Gulf States is announced. 

They also voiced concern about an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) federal lawsuit challenging the 39-day season, suggesting that a quota over-run would benefit the EDF legal standing.

Jack Montoucet, LDWF Secretary, had proposed the fall state season after the 39-day federal season ended with Louisiana being 107,000 pounds below its self-imposed limit of 1.04 million pounds.  The self-imposed limit represented approximately 15.5% of the estimated gulf-wide quota and is equal to the historical percentage of the gulf-wide annual harvest taken by Louisiana’s recreational anglers.  Harvest of less than this self-imposed limit will represent a decreased share of the overall gulf-wide recreational landings, especially if the overall gulf-wide quota is exceeded in 2017.

The state-waters season proposal would have provided red snapper fishing on weekends only, possibly into December of this year.

Commission Chairman Chad Courville announced that he would convene a special meeting of the commission to consider a fall season if the catch numbers from the other four Gulf states show the overall catch quota had not been reached.  It is unclear when official gulf-wide catch data will be released from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

LWF Commission Modifies Rules for Approved Domestic Aquatic Organisms

Release Date: 10/05/2017

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission modified the rules and regulations for approved Domestic Aquatic Organisms to include Sterlet sturgeon.

An application for consideration was submitted to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to add Sterlet sturgeon to the list of approved species for aquaculture purposes including processing for meat and caviar.  This action today also established a Sterlet sturgeon permit and the permit regulations

The department heavily monitors this process to limit the impacts from non-native aquatic organisms into aquaculture.  Species are considered for approval by evaluating their potential negative risks to native species, their habitats, and human health.

Permit restrictions and the full notice of intent are available here.

Questions about the Sterlet Sturgeon permit or people interested in applying for the permit should contact Robert Bourgeois, LDWF Fisheries Permit Manager, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898 or via email to rbourgeois@wlf.la.gov.

 

 

 

LDWF Plans Seven Crab Trap Closures Along Louisiana Coast

Release Date: 10/05/2017

At today’s meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent (NOI) allowing the removal of derelict crab traps from seven different areas along Louisiana’s coast in 2018.

Since 2004, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, together with individual volunteers and organizations, has successfully removed and disposed of over 33,000 abandoned and derelict crabs. The removal of these crab traps is especially important to boating safety and crab harvesting efforts. Last year, LDWF, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation members, volunteers, CCA and members of the recreational fishing community assisted in retrieving more than 5,600 abandoned crab traps.

1. The first closure will take place in the upper Barataria Basin and adjacent marshes, west of Port Sulphur, and will begin at 12 a.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

2. The second closure will take place in Lake Pontchartrain, west of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, and will begin at 12 a.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 10, 2018.

3. The third closure will take place in Sabine Lake and will run concurrent with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department closure of Sabine Lake. Both the Louisiana and Texas portions of Sabine Lake will be temporarily restricted for the use of crab traps to eliminate confusion during trap cleanup efforts. The Sabine Lake crab trap closure is scheduled to begin at 12 a.m. February 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 25, 2018.

4. The fourth cleanup will be located in the Pontchartrain Basin, just north of the MRGO, including the southern portion of Lake Borgne and the area around Bayou La Loutre. This closure will begin at 12:00 a.m. February 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 3, 2018.

5. The fifth closure area will be located in the Pontchartrain Basin, within the area from Delacroix to the MRGO, beginning at 12 a.m. March 4, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 19, 2018.

6. The sixth closure area will take place in the Terrebonne Basin, in an area from Dulac south beyond Cocodrie beginning at 12 a.m. March 16, 2018, through 11:59 pm March 29, 2018.      

7. The seventh closure area will be in the Vermilion-Teche Basin, in the West Cote Blanche Bar area beginning at 12 a.m. March 18, 2018, through 11:59 pm March 31, 2018.

Barataria Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 14-day period from 12 a.m. February 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 14, 2018:

  • From a point originating on the western boundary of the Barataria Waterway (Lat. 29° 34' 54.52" N., Long. 90° 3' 41.24" W.), then eastward to the intersection of Highway 23 and Reddick Lane (Lat. 29° 34' 53.36" N., Long. 89° 49' 38.29" W.), then southward on Highway 23 to the intersection of Caroline Avenue and Highway 23, then southwesterly to a point where Little Pass and the southern bank of the Freeport Sulphur Canal intersect (Lat. 29 27’ 19.15”N Long. 89 42’ 25.96” W.), then southwest to the point located at Lat. 29° 23' 51.08" N., Long. 89° 46' 30.00" W., then westward to a point located at Lat. 29° 24' 17.19" N., Long. 89° 59' 24.00" W., then northward following the Baratraia Waterway, then       terminating at a point Lat. 29° 34' 54.52" N., Long. 90° 3' 41.24" W

West Lake Pontchartrain Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 10-day period from 12 a.m. February 1, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 10, 2018:

  • From a point of origin where I-55 intersects Pass Manchac (Lat. 30 ° 17' 7.08" N., Long. 90 ° 24' 6.07" W.), then eastward where Pass Manchac exits at the northwest bank of Lake Pontchartrain, then northward following the bank of Lake Pontchartrain to the south bound lane of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (Lat. 30 ° 21' 51.75" N., Long. 90 ° 5' 38.59" W.), then southward to a point where the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway crosses the Lakefront Trail located (Lat. 30 ° 1' 10.06" N., Long. 90 ° 9' 17.28" W.), then westward following the Lakefront trail along the south bank of Lake Pontchartrain until it intersects the Duncan Canal (Lat. 30 ° 2' 50.56" N., Long. 90 ° 16' 45.21" W.), then westward past the Duncan Canal continuing to follow the south bank of Lake Pontchartrain to a point where I-10 passes over the southern bank of Lake Pontchartrain (Lat. 30 ° 3' 21.43" N., Long. 90 ° 22' 17.79" W.), then westward on I-10 to the intersection of I-55, then northward on I-55 and terminating at the location I-55 crossing over Pass Manchac (Lat. 30 ° 17' 7.08" N., Long. 90 ° 24' 6.07" W.)

Sabine Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 10-day period from 12 a.m. February 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. February 25, 2018:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the southern side of LA Highway 82 and the eastern shore of Sabine Lake, then north along the eastern shoreline of Sabine Lake to its intersection with East Pass, then due north to Sabine Island, then west along the southern shoreline of Sabine Island to its westward most point, then due west to the Texas state line, then south along the Louisiana / Texas state line to its intersection with LA Highway 82, then east along the southern side of LA Highway 82 and terminating at its intersection with the eastern shore of Sabine Lake

Pontchartrain Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 16-day period from 12 a.m. February 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 3, 2018:

  • From a point of origin located at the most northeastern corner of Proctor Point in Lake Borgne (Lat. 29 ° 56' 47.47" N., Long. 89 ° 42' 54.25" W.), then eastward to the most northwestern point in Lake Eugenie (Lat. 29 ° 55' 42.99" N., Long. 89 ° 26' 32.41" W.), then southward past Coon Nest Island to a point located on the western bank of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) (Lat. 29 ° 42' 29.25" N., Long. 89 ° 26' 16.56" W.), then northwestward following the western bank of the MRGO to the intersection of Bayou La Loutre, then westward to the intersection of Bayou La Loutre and the Shell Beach Cut (Lat. 29 ° 50' 28.27" N., Long. 89 ° 41' 23.38" W.), then following the western bank of the Shell Beach Cut northward to its entry point at Lake Borgne (Lat. 29 ° 51' 54.53" N., Long. 89 ° 40' 32.52" W.), then westward following the southern bank of Lake Borgne as it makes its northern turn at Proctor Point and terminating at the northeastern corner of Proctor Point (Lat. 29 ° 56' 47.47" N., Long. 89 ° 42' 54.25" W.)

Pontchartrain Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 16-day period from 12 a.m. March 4, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 19, 2018:

  • From a point located where Bayou La Loutre crosses under Highway 300 (Lat. 29 ° 50' 40.41" N., Long. 89 ° 45' 32.18" W.), then south on Highway 300 to Sweetwater Marina in Delacroix, then south following the western bank of Bayou Terre aux Boeufs to its point of exit into Black Bay (Lat. 29 ° 39' 14.73" N., Long. 89 ° 32' 54.19" W.), then southeastward to a point located at the southern tip of Mozambique Point (Lat. 29 ° 38' 2.27" N., Long. 89 ° 30' 2.80" W.), then eastward to a point located on the western bank of the MRGO, across from Grace Point, (Lat. 29 ° 41' 1.11" N., Long. 89 ° 24' 2.54" W.), then northwestward following the western bank of the MRGO to the intersection of Bayou La Loutre, then westward following Bayou La Loutre and terminating where Bayou La Loutre intersects with Highway 300 (Lat. 29 ° 50' 40.41" N., Long. 89 ° 45' 32.18" W.)

Terrebonne Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 14-day period from 12 a.m. March 16, 2018, through 11:59 p.m. March 29, 2018:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of LA Highway 57 and Dulac Canal, then east along LA Highway 57 to its intersection with LA 56, then due east to the western shoreline of Bayou Little Caillou, then north along the western shoreline of Bayou Little Caillou to its intersection with Lapeyrouse Canal, then east along the northern shoreline of Lapeyrouse Canal to its intersection with Bayou Terrebonne, then south along the eastern shoreline of Bayou Terrebonne to its intersection with Seabreeze Pass, then southwest to channel marker number 17 of the Houma Navigation Canal (Lat. 29 ° 11' 11.3" N., Long. 90 ° 36' 44.5" W.), then southwest to the northern most point on Pass la Poule Island (Lat. 29 ° 08' 33.5" N., Long. 90 ° 39' 01.3" W.), then west to Bayou Sale channel marker (Lat. 29 ° 06' 31.8" N., Long. 90 ° 44' 34.2" W.), then north to the western shoreline of Bayou Sale, then north along the western shoreline of Bayou Sale to its intersection with Four Point Bayou, then north along the western shoreline of Four Point Bayou to its intersection with the Houma Navigation Canal, then north along the western shoreline of the Houma Navigation Canal to its intersection with Bayou Grand Caillou, then north along the western shoreline of Bayou Grand Caillou to its intersection with Dulac Canal, then east along the northern shoreline of Dulac Canal and terminating at its intersection with LA Highway 57

Vermilion-Teche Basin Crab Trap Removal

The use of crab traps shall be prohibited for a 14-day period beginning at 12 a.m. on March 18, 2018, and end on March 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.:

  • From a point originating from the intersection of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Acadiana Navigational Channel, then southwest along the Acadiana Navigational Channel red buoy line to the red navigational marker number 12 on the Marsh Island shoreline near Southwest Pass, then east along the shoreline of Marsh Island to Longitude 91 ° 43’ 00” W, then north along Longitude 91 ° 43’ 00” W to the shoreline of West Cote Blanche Bay, then west along the northern shoreline of West Cote Blanche Bay to its intersection with the Ivanhoe Canal, then north along the eastern shoreline of the Ivanhoe Canal to its intersection with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, then west along the northern shoreline of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and terminating at the Acadiana Navigational Channel  

For maps of 2018 closure areas, visit the LDWF Derelict Crab Trap webpage at:  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/derelict-crab-trap-removal.

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 affected parishes as well as non-resident licensed crab fi.shermen 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. Only LDWF or those designated by LDWF will be authorized to remove derelict crab traps in the closure areas. Abandoned traps must be brought to LDWF designated disposal sites and may not be taken from the closed area.

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Mr. Peyton Cagle, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 1212 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601, or via e-mail to: peyton.cagle@la.gov prior to November 30, 2017.

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.

Crab Task Force to Meet October 10

Release Date: 10/05/2017

                                                                            

Louisiana Crab Task Force Meeting

Pete Gerica, chairman

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1:00pm

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Dr., STE 210

New Orleans, LA 70148

 

AGENDA

 

I.         Roll Call and Introduction of Guests

II.         Approval of July 11, 2017 Minutes and October 10, 2017 Agenda

III.         Financial Report

IV.         New Business

A.     To Hear a Presentation on the 2018 Derelict Crab Trap Closure Areas- Peyton Cagle

B.     Discussion of Crab Season Closures- CTF

C.     Discussion of Leadership Workshop and Meeting Rules of Order- Anne Dugas

D.     To Consider Funding for the 2018 LA Fisheries Forward Summitt- Anne Dugas

E.     To Consider a Resolution to Support the State’s Continued Work on Gulf Hypoxia-     Doug Daigle

V.         Public Comment

VI.         Set Next Meeting

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:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8376772658569700353

LWF Commission to Modify Blue Crab Harvest Regulations

Release Date: 10/05/2017

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a Notice of Intent changing regulations for the commercial harvest of blue crabs during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
 
The changes adopted are listed below :

  • The commercial harvest of female blue crabs is prohibited March 1 through the end of April in 2018 and 2019.  
  • A commercial fisherman may possess an incidental take of female crabs in an amount not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs that is possessed.
  • The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission removed the 30-day February through March crab trap closure period for the years 2018 and 2019.

Regulations that will remain in effect in 2018 and 2019:

  • Ban on the commercial harvest of immature female blue crabs. There is an exception for immature female blue crabs held for processing as softshell crabs or being sold to a processor for the making of softshell crabs. Additionally, legally licensed commercial crab fishermen may have an incidental take of immature female crabs not to exceed two percent of the total number of crabs in possession. (An immature female crab, also known as a “maiden” or “V-bottom” crab, can be identified as having a triangular shaped apron on her abdomen. A mature female crab can be identified as having a dome shaped apron on her abdomen.)

LDWF reminder for gear changes:

  • November 15, 2017 - Changes to the number and size of escape rings required on crab traps will go into effect. A minimum of three escape rings should be placed on the vertical, outside walls flush with the trap floor or baffle, with at least two rings located in the upper chamber of each trap. Single chambered traps are required to have three escape rings. The minimum size of rings should be 2 and 3/8 inches inside diameter. Any crab trap constructed of wire mesh 2 and 5/16 inches square or greater is exempt from escape ring requirements. 

Interested persons may submit written comments relative to the proposed rule to Peyton Cagle, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 1212 N. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70601, or via e-mail to peyton.cagle@la.gov prior to November 30, 2017.

 

LDWF to Close Elmer’s Island Due to Tropical Storm Nate on Friday October 6 at Noon

Release Date: 10/05/2017

October 5 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announces the temporary closure of Elmer's Island, located on the southwestern tip of Jefferson Parish beginning October 6th at noon.

As a precautionary measure due to the projected path of Tropical Storm Nate and anticipated impacts from this storm, Elmer's Island will remain closed until further notice.

LDWF Fights Giant Salvinia From all Angles on Lake Bistineau

Release Date: 10/05/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is taking an aggressive integrated pest management strategy to control giant salvinia on Lake Bistineau. The strategy involves a three-pronged approach including chemical, mechanical and biological methods to manage continued growth of the invasive plant.
 
Biological efforts include the stocking of salvinia weevils in areas of the lake heavily infested with the plant. In June, the department hosted a “weevil day” and provided salvinia weevils to Bistineau property owners who distributed the weevils near their property. Through this effort, volunteers released 115,200 weevils. In 2017 alone, the department stocked at total of 180,855 salvinia weevils in Lake Bistineau.
 
As of September 27, through the application of EPA-approved aquatic herbicides and surfactants, the department has successfully treated approximately 10,264 acres of giant salvinia through 403 operations totaling 3,252 crew hours. An operation is defined as one two-man crew over an 8-hour day. Through this chemical control method, LDWF spray crews and contract applicators utilize skiffs, airboats and helicopters to apply the herbicides. Currently the department has a contract to conduct aerial spraying on roughly 500 acres. This will be completed as soon as weather and lake conditions allow.
 
LDWF has utilized mechanical drawdowns for salvinia control on the lake since 2008. This method involves removing water from the lake to dry out large expanses of the plant. The 2017 drawdown began on May 1. This control method has the potential of removing large quantities of giant salvinia at low cost, reducing large areas of growth simultaneously, and works particularly well in drying giant salvinia stranded along the shoreline.
 
LDWF aquatic plant control biologists recently met with boom specialists in an effort to evaluate the use of boom to entrap large areas of giant salvinia on Bistineau. This may provide LDWF with a more effective and efficient method to conduct herbicide spraying.
 
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is currently working to repair a slide on the lake side of the Bistineau dam. Additional repairs are needed in the outflow area of the spillway including clearing debris, adding rip-rap to prevent further erosion and making repairs to the damaged outflow apron. The work is tentatively scheduled to begin once the gates are closed on Nov. 30

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation to Hold Eighth Annual A Wild Night on Oct. 12 at Live Oak Arabians Stables

Release Date: 10/04/2017

Oct. 4, 2017 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation will host its annual fundraiser, the eighth annual A Wild Night, on Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Live Oak Arabian Stables, 6300 Jefferson Highway in Baton Rouge.
 
Several local restaurants and caterers will provide food for the event and area businesses and supporters have donated auction items.
 
Tickets are $200 per couple for the event and a reserved table of eight is available for $1,000. To purchase tickets and for more information, go to www.wildnight.org/ .
 
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation was created for the purpose of promoting the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and to further encourage public conservation and enjoyment of Louisiana’s natural resources. Upon its creation in December 1995, it was envisioned as a Foundation that would promote the welfare of LDWF, reflecting the belief that there was more to accomplish than governmental resources could cover. The proposed Foundation would support Department programs with additional resources developed through its own facilities.
 
For more information about the Foundation, go to www.lawff.org/ .

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Gov. Edwards Praises Proposal to Open Fall Red Snapper Season in State Waters

Release Date: 10/03/2017

BATON ROUGE  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is proposing that recreational anglers be allowed to harvest additional red snapper in state waters beginning Friday, Oct 6. The proposal would be for weekends – Friday, Saturday and Sundays – only.

“This is an unexpected surprise and exciting news for avid fishermen across Louisiana,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Having an extended red snapper season is a wonderful opportunity that many will be able to enjoy.  Louisiana anglers and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are to be commended for working together to show the federal government that Louisiana deserves to manage its own red snapper fishing season in federal waters.”

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission will decide on the plan at its Thursday, Oct. 5 meeting, set for 9:30 a.m., at the LDWF headquarters, 2000 Quail Drive.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet says the department decided to propose the new season after receiving red snapper landings’ estimates from the department’s LA Creel Program indicating Louisiana’s recreational fishermen (private anglers and charter-for-hire) landed 936,864 pounds of red snapper through Sept. 4 of the year, when the extended, weekends only, federal red snapper season closed. The landings account for approximately 90 percent of LWDF’s self-imposed limit of 1,044,793 pounds.

The new fall season will allow recreational anglers the opportunity to harvest the limit’s remaining 107,929 pounds of red snapper in state waters, with a daily bag and possession limit of two fish per person. Each fish must be a minimum of 16 inches long.

The proposal or any suggested changes must be approved at the Commission meeting.

The department will monitor the progress of the harvest. If approved by the commission, Secretary Montoucet will have the authority to close the season when the self-imposed limit is met or projected to be met.

LDWF set a limit on its red snapper catch because it believes being accountable for the catch limit will help the state’s chances of receiving federal government permission that would allow Louisiana to manage its own red snapper season out 200 nautical miles from its coast.
 
Recreational Offshore Landing Permit
 
LDWF reminds anglers that a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit is required to possess certain species, including red snapper.  Anglers may obtain or renew the permit, free of charge, at https://rolp.wlf.la.gov. Anglers may renew their permits up to 30 days prior to expiration. A valid Louisiana fishing license number is required to obtain a permit. A confirmation number is allowed for a temporary (trip) license.
 
Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, groupers, snappers, hinds, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip also do not need a permit as long as the charter captain has a valid Charter Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

 

 

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Merrydale Landing Road and Boat Ramp on Buckhorn WMA to be Closed October 19-20

Release Date: 10/03/2017

Oct. 3, 2017 – Merrydale Landing Road along with the boat ramp at Merrydale Lake on Buckhorn Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will be closed to the public Oct. 19-20 for a Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) Program Celebration that will be held on the property.
 
Portions of the WMA south of Highway 128 will be closed that week and will reopen Oct. 21.
 
The celebration will be held in conjunction with conservation partners from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas to celebrate 25 years and 700,000 acres of Wetland Reserve success in the tri-state area. Conservation leaders from multiple agencies will be conducting tours highlighting WRE success and the benefits of the program. This is an invitation only event.
 
For more information on Wetland Reserve Easements, please visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/easements/acep/?cid=stelprdb1242695
 
Buckhorn WMA consists of 11,121 acres in Tensas Parish, and is located approximately 14 miles west of St. Joseph, LA. Access routes include Louisiana Highway 4 and 128 and parish roads such as Clydesdale Road and Honeysuckle Lane. 
 
For more information on the WMA, contact Mitch McGee at mmcgee@wlf.la.gov or 318-343-4044.

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