How to Request Data

Due to the increase in operating costs, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries must unfortunately raise the cost of our project reviews and data requests.

The current prices were set in 1994, and we have avoided raising our prices for as long as possible.  The new cost for project reviews will be $30 per quad and the new cost for digital data exchanges will be $40 per quad.  These prices will go into effect on July 1, 2012.  Any requests placed prior to           July 1, 2012 will be honored at the lower prices.

 Thank you for understanding the necessity for this price increase.

 

The LNHP will review a proposed project for impacts to rare, threatened, or endangered species and critical habitats known from our database. Please read "Understanding our Data" below for important information governing the use of our data. If you wish to have a proposed project reviewed, you must submit a written request containing the following information:

  1. Detailed project description.
  2. Map showing exact area of project location (a USGS 7.5 minute topographic quadrangle map is preferred or CD mailed with ArcView Shape file projected in NAD83,UTM, Zone 15).
  3. Review parameters (ex: 1 mile radius of project area).
  4. Please indicate latitude, longitude, township, range, and section if known.
  5. In order to provide this service, we must charge a fee of $20.00 per quad reviewed. We will send an invoice with our letter of findings.

Requests may be mailed to the following address:

La. Natural Heritage Program
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000
Attn: LNHP Data Manager

Requests may also be emailed to Carolyn Michon at cmichon@wlf.la.gov or faxed to (225) 765-2452. Cover letter must indicate ATTENTION LNHP DATA REQUEST.

If you wish to have a large-scale project reviewed and digital data returned to you in an ArcView Shape file format, you must submit a written request containing the following information:

 

  1. Detailed project description.
  2. A CD mailed with ArcView Shape file(s) projected in NAD83,UTM, Zone 15 showing exact area of project location.
  3. Review parameters (ex: 1 mile radius of project area).
  4. In order to provide this service, a data aggreement will need to be signed and a fee of $25.00 per quad reviewed will be charged.  We will send a shape file(s) of point data for all species and natural communities of conservation concern within indicated project area, metadata, and an invoice with our letter of findings. 

Data requests must be submitted in writing to the LNHP Data Manager at the address above, emailed to Nicole Lorenz at nlorenz@wlf.la.gov or faxed to (225) 765-2452. Cover letter must indicate ATTENTION LNHP DIGITAL DATA REQUEST.

For any other questions regarding submission of data requests, please call the LNHP data manager at (225) 765-2643 or assistant data manager at (225) 765-2357.

Understanding our Data

We are pleased to provide you with information from the Louisiana Natural Heritage Program (LNHP) database of rare, threatened, or endangered species and natural communities in Louisiana. Due to the dynamic nature of the LNHP database, some understanding about our database is essential in order to use this information effectively.

The quantity and quality of data collected by the LNHP are dependent on the research and observations of many individuals. In most cases, this information is not the result of comprehensive or site-specific field surveys; many natural areas in Louisiana have not been surveyed. The LNHP database represents a compilation of information extracted from published and unpublished literature, museums and herbaria, field surveys, personal communications, and other sources. Records for new occurrences of plants and animals are continuously being added to the database and other occurrence records may change as new information is gathered. For these reasons, the materials found on this website may not accurately reflect the current status of elements or areas of interest. The LNHP cannot provide a definitive statement on the presence, absence, or condition of biological elements in any part of Louisiana. Heritage reports should never be regarded as final statements on the elements or areas being considered, nor should they be substituted for on-site surveys required for environmental assessments.

The LNHP and the State of Louisiana shall not be liable for any damages or loss whatsoever, to any person or legal entity, or property resulting from the use of the data specified here. Any person/company/organization or legal entity which receives said information agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the LNHP and the State of Louisiana from and against any and all claims, demands and causes of action of any description in favor of any person for damage or loss whatsoever to persons, legal entities, or property arising from the use of the data specified herein. Information provided by this website may not be published without prior written approval of the LNHP, and the LNHP must be credited as an information source in these publications.