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Fundraising efforts ongoing for Wildlife agent Tyler Wheeler

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Fundraising efforts ongoing for Wildlife agent Tyler Wheeler

There is now a t-shirt selling campaign and special fund established to help Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler’s family with medical bills and expenses.

Wheeler is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds suffered while making a traffic stop early Saturday morning. The 25-year-old agent was shot in the arm, shoulder, jaw and head. Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

According to a recent Facebook entry, Wheeler’s father, Darren Wheeler posted “Thanks for everything and all the prayers. That old saying, ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ I guess he (Tyler Wheeler) is answering our question.”

According to the Monroe News Star newspaper, over $21,000 has been raised through the t-shirt selling campaign. Shirts can be ordered, according to the newspaper, until Jan. 23 and will arrive Feb. 8. Prices vary based on the style ordered. For more information regarding the fundraiser, visit www.booster.com/tylerwheeler

A fund has also been established by the Louisiana Wildlife Agents’ Association, a nonprofit corporation which seeks to protect and promote the welfare and interest of all classified commissioned wildlife agents, active or retired.

 

The account is set up under the LWAA c/o Tyler Wheeler. According the newspaper, anyone who wants to donated can visit any Capital One location and make a deposit to account number 2082047754. Funds generated will be used to assist with medical expenses incurred by the Wheeler family.

2017 Dates Announced for Use of White Lake WCA Facilities by Groups for Other Public Uses and Nature Trips

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Jan. 11, 2017 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has designated dates between Feb. 1-May 31, 2017, for public use of facilities at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA). For profit or commercial activities are prohibited.
 
White Lake WCA is located south of Gueydan in Vermilion Parish. LDWF owns and manages lodge facilities and 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land. The lodge facilities, accessible only by water, will be available for day-use or overnight use at rental rates that vary based on level of services required by the group using the site. Boat transportation to and from the site will be provided as part of the day use and overnight use access for 2017 group use dates.
 
The facilities and landscape are ideal for birding groups, nature photographers, environmental or wetland ecology students, or small business retreats. LDWF can provide site staff for guided boat tours and biologists for lectures on the ecosystem within the conservation area, which includes freshwater marsh, coastal prairie and an experimental population of whooping cranes.
 
White Lake WCA and the surrounding Mermentau River Basin provide abundant habitat for a variety of avian and aquatic species. This property supports migrant passerine birds, shorebirds, wading birds, rails, gallinules and many species of raptors.   Several large breeding rookeries of wading birds are present on the property. Access dates and fees for 2017 are as follows:
 
SCHEDULE FOR OTHER PUBLIC USES AND NATURE TRIPS AT WHITE LAKE WCA
 
Site visits may be scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between Feb. 1-May 31, 2017.
 
Site visits will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis pending facility and staff availability. At this time, WLWCA will only accommodate one group per day/week and all facility reservations must be made two weeks in advance to allow for staff scheduling.
 
FEE SCHEDULE FOR WHITE LAKE WCA FACILITY USE
 
Day Use (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
$300 - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with no food or drink or additional services provided by LDWF. (For up to 15 people.)
 
$300 + $10/person - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks and bottled water provided. (For up to 15 people.)
 
$300 + $20/person - Includes one-day use of lodge for meetings with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and lunch provided. Lunch provided (for up to 15 people) will consist of a sandwich tray and chips or something similar. It will not include a hot lunch.
 
Exemptions from day-use lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).
 
Overnight Use (arrive 2-4 p.m. day 1; depart 1 p.m. day 2)
 $400 + $25/person/night - Includes overnight stay at lodge with only linens provided.
 (For up to 12 people.)
 
$400 + $35/person/night - Includes overnight stay at lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water and linens provided.  (For up to 12 people.)
 
$900 + $35/person/night - Includes overnight stay at lodge with coffee, cold drinks, bottled water, meals (breakfast, lunch and supper) and linens provided. (For up to 12 people.)
 
Exemptions from overnight lodge rental fee: State agencies, local and federal agencies, and universities conducting research, or educational activities, conducted in cooperation with LDWF. Costs for beverages or lunch may apply ($10/person for drinks, $20/person for drinks and lunch).
 
Skeet Range (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events)  - $10/person/25 clay pigeons; $15/person/25 clay pigeons, 25 shotgun shells provided.
 
Exemptions – Any persons using the skeet range at LDWF-sponsored events.
 
Boat Tours (optional activity for groups using site for scheduled events) -$10/person/ride. Limited to authorized function attendees.
 
Exemptions: Any state, local or federal agency working in cooperation with the LDWF on cooperative initiatives or universities/conservation organizations working with LDWF on cooperative research projects, or educational activities conducted in cooperation with LDWF.
 
LDWF reserves the right to schedule other public use activities and nature trips, for educational purposes, outside the advertised dates should the need arise.
 
For more information on White Lake WCA facility use, contact Wayne Sweeney at 337-536-9400 ext. # 1 or wsweeney@wlf.la.gov .
 

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Oyster Task Force Public-Private Oyster Grounds Committee

Release Date: 01/10/2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 9:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

I.           Call to Order

II.          Discussion of Moratorium Lifting Draft Notice of Intent

III.         Public Comment

IV.         Set next meeting

V.          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/6311038793661895938

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. 

Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee

Release Date: 01/10/2017

Oyster Task Force Legislative Committee

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 11:00 A.M.

UNO Advanced Technology Center

2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210

New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

I.              Call to Order

II.             Discussion of Alternative Oyster Culture Statute

Re: Suitability Mapping Requirements- John Supan

III.            Discussion of Oyster Severance Tax

IV.            Discussion of Standard Measurement

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/6311038793661895938

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.

LDWF Announces Annual Caney Creek Reservoir Public Meeting

Release Date: 01/10/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing on Caney Creek Reservoir issues, including an overview of aquatic vegetation issues and the results of recent fish population sampling.  The recent stock assessment studies on the bass and crappie populations in Caney Creek Reservoir are not complete and will be discussed in full detail at a future meeting. 

Who:       LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:      Public meeting on Caney Creek Reservoir
 
When:     Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 7 p.m.
 
Where:    Jimmie Davis State Park Conference Center
                1209 State Park Rd.
                Chatham, LA 71226
 
The meeting is open to the public, and all persons interested in the conservation and management of the fisheries resources and aquatic habitats in Caney Creek Reservoir are encouraged to attend.

LDWF established a comprehensive management plan for Caney Creek Reservoir in 2006; the plan includes annual public hearings to update the public concerning special projects, fisheries and aquatic vegetation management.

The current LDWF Caney Creek Reservoir Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meeting, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

Update from Interim Secretary Patrick Banks Regarding LDWF Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler

Release Date: 01/09/2017

Today at a joint press conference in Quachita Parish with Gov. John Bel Edwards, State Police Colonel Michael Edmonson and other law enforcement officials, LDWF Interim Secretary Patrick Banks provided an update on LDWF Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler.

“Everyone at our agency is praying for Senior Agent Wheeler and his family.  We are all stunned by this cowardly act and very proud of the law enforcement team bringing the suspects to justice,” said Interim LDWF Secretary Patrick Banks.

“We received some good news this morning by Agent Wheeler’s father.   He is responding well to treatment, and is able to respond to the commands of his family and hospital staff by making movements and squeezing hands."

“Our agency is strong, and is built on these brave men and women who protect us all.  The whole of our agency, brave enforcement agents, talented scientists and dedicated public servants are praying with that strength for Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler today.  We are grateful for his service."

 

“We are pleased with the progress and recovery of Senior Agent Wheeler, we will continue our work to ensure he and his family get the justice they deserve,” said LDWF Col. Joey Broussard.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Adopts Notice of Intent for Hunting Seasons, Hunting Regulations and WMA Rules

Release Date: 01/06/2017

Jan. 6, 2017 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) adopted notices of intent for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 hunting seasons, 2017-18 general and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) hunting seasons and rules and regulations, Experimental Dove Field Leasing Program, 2018 general and WMA turkey hunting season and rules and regulations, and 2017-18 migratory bird hunting season and rules and regulations at its January meeting Thursday in Baton Rouge.

 
The notices of intent include proposed hunting season dates and regulation changes from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for the upcoming hunting seasons and provide for a public comment period.
 
Some of the proposed changes include:
 
·         Change in deer seasons in Deer Areas 4 and 10, eliminating bucks-only days, and changing the entire season to either-sex harvest. Also changing season limits in these areas from a limit of six (not to exceed three antlered or four antlerless), to a limit of three (not to exceed two antlered or two antlerless).
 
·         Change in deer seasons for Deer Area 7, eliminating bucks-only days, and changing the entire season to either-sex harvest while still maintaining the six deer season limit.
 
·         Modification to water level benchmark closure language to facilitate reopening the season at a lower level than the closure level in Deer Area 5.
 
·         Adding water level benchmark closure and reopening language for certain roads on Dewey Wills WMA.
 
·         Change in reporting time period for the validation of deer and turkey tags from seven days to 72 hours following harvest of deer or turkey.
 
·         Implementation of shot restrictions for dove hunters on WMAs and on LDWF leased dove fields, restricting shot to non-toxic shot, size 6 and smaller.
 
·         Removal of restrictions on weapons that can be carried by deer hunters for personal protection during primitive seasons on private lands. Hunters must still abide by primitive weapon rules as previously defined in Louisiana hunting regulations.
 
·         Addition of Small Game Emphasis Area to Pomme de Terre WMA.
 
·         Addition of available days of opportunity within the Small Game Emphasis Areas on Richard K. Yancey and Sherburne WMAs.
 
·         Addition of youth squirrel season on Pomme de Terre and Grassy Lake WMAs, to be held the fourth Saturday of September for two days.
 
·         Elimination of live transport permits for feral hogs during February hog dog seasons on WMAs.
 
·         Modification of opening day of statewide turkey season from the last Saturday of March to the first Saturday of April.
 
·         Modification of teal season to change from the last three weekends in September to the last 16 days of September.
 
·         Change in daily bag limit for pintail from two to one.
 
·         Change in youth age requirements for youth waterfowl seasons, from 15 years of age and younger to 17 years of age and younger.
 
·         Elimination of Experimental Quality Deer seasons on WMAs.
 
·         Adjustments to deer seasons on Bodcau, Bayou Macon, Boeuf and Dewey W. Wills WMAs.
 
·         Addition of opportunity for youth deer and squirrel hunting on Kisatchie National Forest.
 
 
 
To view the full notice of intent and all proposed hunting season dates and regulations changes for the upcoming hunting seasons, please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/action-items.

 
Public comment will be accepted at LWFC monthly meetings from February through March and/or can be submitted in writing by mail to: Steve Smith, LDWF Wildlife Division, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, or via email to ssmith@wlf.la.gov until 4:30 p.m., March 5, 2017.
 
LDWF will also collect public comment at public hearings to be held Feb. 20-March 1 throughout the state. Locations and times for those meetings will be announced later this month.
 
For more information, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2359, 318-487-5885, or
ssmith@wlf.la.gov.

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LDWF will close at Noon on Friday, January 6th Due to Dangerous Winter Weather Conditions

Release Date: 01/06/2017

Due to potential dangerous wintry weather conditions, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne is announcing the closure of state government offices in 44 parishes as of noon Friday.
 
Parishes included in the closure list include Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, Desoto, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberville, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Baton Rouge, West Carroll, West Feliciana and Winn.
 
For more information about the closures, visit Louisiana.gov

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Boyce Tower Road at Maurepas Swamp WMA Partially Reopened

Release Date: 01/05/2017

Jan. 5, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has reopened Boyce Tower Road on Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area to the bridge. However, the road past the bridge remains closed due to flooding.
 
Once flooding recedes, LDWF will inspect and repair any damage and reopen the remaining portion of the road.
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA, which consists of 122,098 acres, is located approximately 25 miles west of New Orleans and along the south shore of Lake Maurepas west to near Sorrento. The WMA includes property in Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, St. James and Tangipahoa parishes. For more information on the WMA, go to: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wma/2791.
 
For more information, contact Forest Burks at fburks@wlf.la.gov or 985-543-4781.

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LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest East of Mississippi River

Release Date: 01/05/2017

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest East of Mississippi River

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest on all public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish at one half-hour after sunset on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Recent harvest pressure has depleted the limited supply of oyster resources in these public oyster areas. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of the oyster populations in these areas.

The Commission authorized the Secretary of LDWF to take emergency action to close areas on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open 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 prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

 

To view the latest oyster closure maps visit: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/commerical-oyster-seasons

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