Release Date: 09/06/2007

After more than 30 years of service to Louisiana hunters, conservationists and outdoorsmen and women, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Wildlife Division Administrator David Moreland has decided to retire on Sept. 7, 2007.

Moreland received his Masters of Science degree in Biology at what was then Northeast Louisiana University, now the University of Louisiana Monroe.  Moreland's career started with LDWF in 1976 when he accepted a District 7 Game Biologist position.

"I knew exactly what I wanted to do from the time I was a 4-H club member in elementary school and that was to work for Wildlife and Fisheries," said Moreland.  "I actually took another job out of college with a different state agency, but as soon as I saw the Wildlife and Fisheries position open up I jumped on it and haven't looked back."

In 1978, Moreland was promoted to District 7 Wildlife Supervisor.  There he coordinated and supervised wildlife and game management activities in the Florida parishes and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) east of the Mississippi River.

From 1992 to 2004, Moreland served as the state's deer program manager.  His responsibilities included the program's management and research activities throughout the state on both public and private lands.  Part of that work included establishing annual seasons and regulations for deer hunting.  During this time, Moreland also served as the LDWF representative for the Southeast Deer Study Group.

"The years I spent as the state deer biologist were the most satisfying and rewarding part of my career," said Moreland.

In July of 2004, Moreland became LDWF's Wildlife Division Administrator.  In this position, Moreland managed over 100 employees statewide and handled the administrative coordination of the statewide hunting on WMAs, and of notable species such as white-tailed deer, Eastern wild turkey, waterfowl and upland game. 

Throughout his career, Moreland has published many of his research findings and musings in journals, magazines and books.  His most recent book was entitled "Checklist of Woody and Herbaceous Deer Food Plants of Louisiana," published in 2006.  The book details the various food plants that contribute to sound deer management, and it took Moreland more than five years to assemble. 

"The groundwork for this publication was actually initiated on the Pearl River WMA in 1980," Moreland said.

Moreland has written for LDWF's Louisiana Conservationist magazine off and on since 1985 and will continue writing for the magazine in his retirement with a recurring column called "Outdoor Roots."  Moreland will also remain a member of the Louisiana Outdoors Writers Association, which is a group that honored him in 2004 with their Arthur Van Pelt Award for lifetime conservation achievement.

For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at 225-765-2496 or tgresham@wlf.louisiana.gov.