L.D.W.F. Sets Public Meetings Aug. 17-18 to Discuss Catahoula Lake Management

Release Date: 08/08/2011

Aug. 8, 2011-- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has scheduled two public meetings in the Catahoula Lake area to discuss current and future management plans on the lake.

The meeting dates, times and locations are:

* Aug. 17 - 6:30 p.m. at the Woodmen of the World Building, 1720 East Oak St., Jena

* Aug. 18 - 6:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Convention Hall, 915 3rd St., Alexandria

In 2010, LDWF initiated a 10-year management and research plan that includes: varying water-level management from traditional dates; bush-hogging and haying in designated locations to inhibit growth of encroaching swamp privet and water elm; herbicide application to kill smaller trees; active removal of stands of larger trees; and establishment ofmonitoring plots to evaluate the effects of various management activities on the vegetative community on the lake bed.

The ultimate goal is to identify management practices or combinations of management activities that reduce woody encroachment while maintaining or improving waterfowl food production.

Along with the experimental management plan, LDWF will also discuss: the upcoming opportunity for hay leases on the lakebed; recently approved changes in the East Zone waterfowl hunting season dates; proposed changes to zones used for waterfowl hunting in Louisiana; upcoming surveys to assess hunter satisfaction with past waterfowl hunting zones, splits, and season dates; and opinions on potential changes to those regulations in the future.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov, or Steve Smith at 318-487-5885or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.