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Warren Coco honored by Baton Rouge DU sponsors

BATON ROUGE – March 13, 2015 – Ducks Unlimited recognized Louisiana businessman and conservationist Warren Coco last night at a tribute event in Baton Rouge.

Public Hunting on DU Projects in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited works across the country to ensure not only sufficient habitat for waterfowl, but also to ensure waterfowl hunters continue to have the opportunity to pursue their passion. Here are some of the DU projects in Louisiana that are open to the public for duck hunting.

Migration Alert: Table Set For Strong Finish in South Louisiana

Louisiana's Coastal Zone season is nearing the end, and it's apparent that cold weather up north has provided ample opportunities for south Louisiana waterfowlers. The mid-December duck count was the highest since 1999 and 64 percent higher than last December's count. Most hunters are delighted as they head into the final days, bolstered by the good numbers and con-sistent shooting the season has brought.

Freshwater Enhancements Projects to Benefit Coastal Louisiana Wildlife

Two freshwater flow enhancement projects are now under construction in coastal Louisiana to improve habitat for waterfowl. The St. Louis Canal and Liner's Canal projects will increase freshwater inputs into marsh areas that have been impacted by saltwater intrusion. Returning fresh water to this marsh system will increase the production of submerged aquatic vegetation, providing improved habitat for waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife. Additional benefits of this work include enhanced storm protection and better water quality in surrounding areas.

New NRCS program supports ricelands conservation in Louisiana

As the world’s most widely consumed grain, rice sustains about half of the world’s population and is a critical dietary staple upon which billions depend. Rice is also critically important to the millions of migratory birds and other wetland wildlife that annually descent upon Louisiana’s coastline. In fact, rice agriculture provides nearly 42% of the food available for dabbling ducks on the Gulf Coast. As such, supporting sustainable rice farming is a critical step in ensuring the health of our nation’s natural resources and food security.

2015 Louisiana State Contacts

Migration Alert: North Louisiana Hunters Await Cold, Wet Weather and Increased Bird Activity

The early weeks of the 2014–2015 duck season brought solid hunting throughout Louisiana. However, Jeff Simmons, who authors a duck migration blog for Simmons Sporting Goods in Bastrop, cautions that the weather could impact hunter success in the coming days. "The first couple of weeks of the season were good, with lots of mallards and pintails, but the warm weather and lack of water now has the birds scattered and timid," he says.

2015 Louisiana DU Calendar Gun Giveaway

Migration Alert: East Zone Louisiana Hunters Need Weather Change

After only a five-day rest, Louisiana's East Zone hunters kicked off the second split of the season last weekend. Facing unseasonably warm weather, many hunters found decent shooting, but a cold front would be a welcome sight. Fortunately, the long-term forecast north of Louisiana may help.

DU recognizes LWFC for 50 years of Canadian habitat conservation

BATON ROUGE – December 4, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited recognizes the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) for 50 years of supporting waterfowl habitat on the Canadian breeding grounds. LWFC has contributed more than $10 million through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' (AFWA) State Contribution Program to enhance and protect habitat where many of Louisiana's ducks are produced. Louisiana has been participating in the program since its inception in 1964, longer than any other state.

DU TV Migration Report: Southwest Louisiana 2014

Wade Bourne, co-host of DU TV is in southwest Louisiana with the DU TV and reports significant increase in duck numbers the last few days. Bourne expects those numbers to increase following this week's cold front.

Migration Alert: Numbers Up, Louisiana Waterfowlers Optimistic

With bitter cold weather up north and reports of good early waterfowl numbers in the state, duck hunters across Louisiana are looking forward to opening day. The regular duck season opens this weekend in the coastal and west zones and a youth hunt will be held in the east zone.

Migration Alert: Louisiana Teal Hunting Success Varies Statewide

Although blue-winged teal numbers were significantly higher in Louisiana before opening day than they were last year, they remained well below the long-term average for September. Hunting success varied over the weekend, with some teal hunters enjoying fast and furious action while others saw mediocre flights. It was a fairly simple proposition—if you were lucky enough to be where the teal wanted to be, you did well.

DU TV Migration Report: Good Opening Weekend for Louisiana Teal

DU TV crew opens the season successfully at Honey Brake Lodge in Louisiana.

Migration Alert: Louisiana Teal Counts Already Exceed 2013 Numbers

Daily highs remain in the 90s throughout much of Louisiana, but that hasn't kept waterfowl hunters from getting ready for the state's 16-day teal season, which will open on September 13. The good news is that many blue-winged teal have already arrived, and many more are on the way.

Louisiana Project Dedicated to John Barton Sr.

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to restore wetland habitat on the South Farm Unit of the Sherburne Waterfowl Management Area (WMA). This project will provide new opportunities for public waterfowl hunting and wildlife watching and will improve habitat management capabilities on this WMA.

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Louisiana Waterfowl Harvest Trend

Louisiana waterfowlers enjoy some of the best hunting success in the country, but all of that will change if the rapid loss of coastal wetland habitat is not addressed. Help Ducks Unlimited prevent the loss of the Sportsman's Paradise.

Louisiana resident elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 22, 2014 – Ron Bartels, of Schriever, Louisiana, was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention in St. Louis.

Louisiana's Bayou L'Ours Terracing Project Nearly Complete

Ducks Unlimited is in the process of completing work on the Bayou L'Ours Terracing Project in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana.

Report Reveals Disturbing Trend of Increased Coastal Wetland Loss

An alarming national trend of increased loss of coastal wetlands was announced last November in a report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Six Louisiana Ducks Unlimited chapters make Top 100

MONROE, La. – April 4, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America's wetlands. In 2013 six Louisiana chapters made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Lafayette Ducks Unlimited chapter No. 2 in the nation

Lafayette, La. – April 3, 2014 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2013, the Lafayette Area chapter came in second on the list of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Seven Louisiana Ducks Unlimited chapters earn place in President's Elite

BATON ROUGE, La. – April 3, 2014 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 or more for DU's habitat conservation work. In 2013, seven Louisiana chapters made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Richard Lipsey of Baton Rouge recognized

BATON ROUGE, La. – March 14, 2014 – The Baton Rouge chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) honored local philanthropist, volunteer and businessman Richard Lipsey with the Emerald Teal Award at their sponsor dinner Thursday night for his outstanding commitment to DU's conservation mission. Emerald Teal awards are given to companies or individuals that donate products used to generate money at fundraising events.

Phil R. Precht honored with Wetlands Conservation Achievement Award

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced today the winners of the 2014 Wetlands Conservation Achievement Awards during the 79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources conference, held at the Denver Sheraton. This year's recipient of the Conservation/Private Entity award is Mr. Phil Precht, based in Houma, La.

Louisiana Ducks Unlimited Leadership Meeting 2014

Louisiana Ducks Unlimited Leadership Meeting, Feb 22 9am-2pm at the Clarion Inn Conference Center, Gonzales, LA.

Dale Hall named Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year

Ducks Unlimited (DU) CEO Dale Hall has been named Bass Pro Shops' 2013 Conservation Partner of the Year. Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro, recently presented Hall with the prestigious award during a special ceremony at Bass Pro's national headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

Migration Alert: South Louisiana w/ Dr. Tom Moorman

Jan. 8, 2014 - Mississippi Flyway

2014 Gun Calendar Raffle

Oran Richard: Four Decades of Support Celebrated with Tribute Weekend

Oran Richard of Lafayette, Louisiana, is a longtime DU supporter, Wetlands America Trust board member, and Diamond Benefactor and Grand Slam Sponsor. His nearly 40 years of giving to DU's conservation work in Canada and the United States was held in March 2013 and raised $950,000.

Migration Alert: Waterfowl Numbers Increasing in Louisiana

Hunting resumes tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 14) in Louisiana's East and Coastal Zones after a five-day split and a 12-day split, respectively. (Hunting in the West Zone has been open since Nov. 16 and closes Dec. 15 for a six-day break.) Biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are completing their December waterfowl survey as this report was being written.

Migration Alert: DUTV Host Details Potential Weather System

DUTV host Zach Pederson provides a glimpse of a weather system shaping up in the Mississippi Flyway that has the potential to push birds all the way to southern states.

The Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation: A Partnership to Protect the Coast

The Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation is a strong Ducks Unlimited partner on the Gulf Coast. Moore-Odom is working with DU through the Gulf Coast Initiative to conserve the best wintering habitats for ducks and geese on the Gulf. Their story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

DU hires longtime LDWF biologist to oversee Louisiana conservation programs

LAFAYETTE, La. – Nov. 13, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently selected Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Biologist Director Mike Carloss as the new manager of conservation programs for Louisiana.

Louisiana Coastal Project Receives $1 Million NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited and partners recently received a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to restore coastal marshes in south Louisiana.

Rice Stewardship Program making progress for ducks in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited’s Rice Stewardship Program (RSP) is designed to work with rice producers in southwest Louisiana to reduce input costs, thereby sustaining rice production on this landscape and providing critical waterfowl resources on these managed wetlands.

Migration Alert: Better Late Than Never for Louisiana Teal Hunters

Louisiana's early teal season is ending with a bang, thanks to the arrival of good flights of bluewings during the latter half of September. The strong finish comes after a disappointing start for many Louisiana teal hunters.

Chevron supports Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Program

LAFAYETTE, La. – Sept. 13, 2013 – Chevron was recognized for their support of conservation at the Lafayette Ducks Unlimited banquet on Sept. 12. Chevron recently entered into a one-year community partnership with Ducks Unlimited in support of DU’s Rice Stewardship Program (RSP). The program aims to promote the long-term sustainability of rice agriculture in southwest Louisiana through the stewardship of land, water and wildlife resources.

DU to Complete Green Tree Reservoir Project in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are partnering to improve a 1,900-acre green-tree reservoir on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Monroe, Louisiana.

Louisiana's Carencro Bayou Project Receives Full Funding

More teal in early-season bag, higher possession limit encourage hunters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - July 1, 2013 - This fall, early-teal-season hunters may have an opportunity to bag more teal. Additionally, if the Department of Interior finalizes the waterfowl harvest regulations as initially proposed, the possession limit would increase. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a six-teal bag limit for early teal season and a possession limit for all seasons equivalent to three daily bag limits. Current limits are a four-teal daily bag during the special season and a possession limit of two daily bag limits.

Gulf Coast Initiative

Saving the most critical wintering waterfowl habitat in North America by conserving coastal prairies and marshes along the rapidly disappearing Gulf Coast.

Ducks Unlimited initiates long-awaited coastal restoration project

Ducks Unlimited and partners recently received a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant for coastal marsh restoration efforts in Louisiana. The nearly $1 million grant will be combined with partner contributions of more than $2 million to improve more than 16,000 acres of coastal wetlands, including a long-awaited project on Liner's Canal in Terrebonne Parish.

America's River Initiative

Rebuilding the glory of the Mississippi River floodplain by conserving key wintering habitat for millions of waterfowl and reinforcing the region’s rich waterfowling legacy.

Lead Senate co-sponsor of NAWCA reauthorization talk about bill

Sens. Barbara Boxer (CA) and David Vitter (LA) worked together as lead co-sponsors of the bipartisan bill to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). Below is an excerpt of the video interview with Sen. Vitter on the bill. You can watch the full video at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.

DU Q&A with Senator David Vitter (LA)

Ducks Unlmited's Governmental Affairs Office sits down with Senator David Vitter of Louisiana to discuss the importance of DU's habitat and legislative work on the Gulf Coast.

New Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative opportunity for Louisiana ag producers

LAFAYETTE, La. – May 1, 2013 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers in 22 parishes to develop and enhance habitat for migrating birds.

Ouachita Wildlife Management Area Project Completed

Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently wrapped up a project to improve water-management capabilities on more than 1,100 acres on Ouachita Wildlife Management Area near Monroe, Louisiana.

Ducks Unlimited, LDWF to improve Sherburne WMA hunting opportunities

LAFAYETTE, La. – April 1, 2012 – Permits have been granted for a project to enhance waterfowl habitat on Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

LDWF recognized for $10M contribution to waterfowl habitat restoration

LAFAYETTE, La. – April 2, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recently received recognition for their cumulative $10 million contribution supporting wetlands restoration on Canadian breeding grounds important to Louisiana's waterfowl.

DU recognizes four states for significant financial contributions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – During its annual Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards breakfast last week, Ducks Unlimited recognized four state agencies for significant investments toward conserving waterfowl breeding habitat in Canada.

Garret Graves honored at 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 1, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Arlington, Va., at the Crystal Gateway Hyatt. This year's recipient of State/Provincial Agency award is Garret Graves.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 27, 2013 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength.

USA Rice-DU partnership

WASHINGTON - Feb. 4, 2013 - A groundbreaking new partnership between the USA Rice Federation (USA Rice) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) was forged recently to serve as a model of cooperation and communication between a farm group and a conservation organization.

Ducks Unlimited supports initial Gulf restoration strategy

Ducks Unlimited is pleased by the progress toward Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration represented in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s newly released report, “The Path Forward to Restoring the Gulf Coast.” The report details the strategy for allocation of Gulf Coast restoration funds directed by the RESTORE Act.

Freshwater-Introduction Project Proposed in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited has submitted a $250,000 proposal to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) for a freshwater-introduction project in southeast Louisiana.

Louisiana Contacts 2013

Comeback on the Coast - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Chapter

Just as the oceans' tides ebb and flow, the life cycle of a Ducks Unlimited chapter often experiences ups and downs. This cycle has been especially notable in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, over the last few years, as decreased committee engagement and poor event timing led to falling attendance and support. The all-time low came in 2011, when just a handful of dedicated volunteers showed up for the chapter's sponsor banquet.

Continental Generosity - Daryl and Mary Pennington

Waterfowl are a continental resource that rely on habitat from their northern breeding grounds to their southern winter homes and all points in between. It takes a visionary to see beyond his backyard and support habitat conservation on a continental scale. Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation trustees Daryl and Mary Pennington of Ethel, Louisiana, are prime examples of such broadly committed sponsors, their generosity shining even more brightly given that Daryl and Mary began duck hunting less than 15 years ago.

Migration Alert: Louisiana duck hunters expecting new birds

As this report is written, a strong storm system is pushing through upper and middle Mississippi Flyway states, bringing heavy snows, gale-force winds and plummeting temperatures.

NOAA, Ducks Unlimited conserving America's coasts

LAFAYETTE, La. – Dec. 17, 2012 – This fall, two Gulf Coast restoration projects are being added to a three-year agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Restoration Center and Ducks Unlimited. The Conserving America's Coasts partnership agreement aims to protect and restore approximately 5,000 acres of coastal habitats across the nation.

Portion of funds from $4.5 billion BP settlement to benefit Gulf Coast fish and wildlife

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 15, 2012 - BP announced today that it will plead guilty to several criminal charges under a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice over its role in the 2010 disaster involving the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, in which an estimated 200 million gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. Under the terms of the settlement, BP will pay approximately $4.5 billion in installments over a five-year period, with nearly $2.4 billion going to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), an independent non-profit conservation group chartered by Congress in 1984.

Ducks Unlimited, LDWF improve northern Louisiana waterfowl habitat

SHREVEPORT, La. – Nov. 15, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recently completed a project to improve waterfowl habitat on Bayou Pierre Wildlife Management Area (WMA), 20 miles south of Shreveport.

Louisiana Supports Waterfowl Habitat Conservation in Canada

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission announced in July that for the next three years Ducks Unlimited would receive 100 percent of its funding for waterfowl habitat conservation projects in Canada.

Hunting rights claim victory in state races

States across the nation voted to support hunting rights in the 2012 election in a resounding victory of sportsmen.

New Senate chairman visits Louisiana to see coastal concerns

The new chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources visited the state of Louisiana to learn more about coastal restoration issues.

Migration Alert: SW Louisiana waterfowl habitat in good shape

The regular waterfowl season opener is only a few days away and hunters with up-to-date scouting reports and the ability to adjust accordingly will likely have a great opener.

Media Advisory: Ducks Unlimited to host The Big River Thrives Leadership Forum in Memphis

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., at Ducks Unlimited national headquarters, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120 - The Big River Thrives brings together leaders and experts from diverse Mississippi River interests to identify critical habitat and ecosystems issues to be discussed within the context of comprehensive river management.

Waterfowl, hunters to benefit from nearly $30 million federal investment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sept. 12, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced a landmark investment of nearly $30 million in the future of wetlands, waterfowl and public waterfowl hunting across the country through expanded refuges and hunting programs.

Russell Sage WMA receives new levees

The Pump Trail Unit at Russell Sage WMA is a green tree reservoir (GTR) that provides more than 1,000 acres of flooded bottomland hardwood habitat in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. Through a network of levees and water control structures, managers mimic natural flood regimes to optimize these forested habitats for wintering waterfowl.

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Louisiana DU News - August 2012

A Louisiana Ducks Unlimited newsletter highlighting projects, events and the success of Ducks Unlimited and its volunteers in Louisiana.

LA State Raffles

DU joins U.S. senator for Louisiana Gulf tour celebrating RESTORE Act passage

Hot on the heels of President Obama's signing the Transportation Package and passing the precedent-setting RESTORE Act, Ducks Unlimited officials joined U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (LA) for a coastal parish tour to celebrate the promise RESTORE Act funding holds for coastal restoration.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission awards Ducks Unlimited $1 million

BATON ROUGE, La. – July 9, 2012 – In a July 2 meeting, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission awarded Ducks Unlimited 100 percent of the available State Grants Program funding for the next three years.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates victory for Gulf Coast restoration

Ducks Unlimited is pleased that key elements of the RESTORE Act were included in the Surface Transportation Extension Act reported out of conference committee today.

Hall, Dunklin represent ducks in Mississippi River working group

Hall, Dunklin represent ducks in Mississippi River working group

Gulf Coast sportsmen urge passage of transportation bill with Land and Water Conservation Fund and RESTORE Act funding

BATON ROUGE, La. - June 6, 2012 - Key sportsmen's groups in the Gulf Coast region called on Congress today to maintain provisions for funding land conservation and Gulf Coast restoration in their negotiations on a final transportation authorization bill.

Louisiana legislators approve 2012 Coastal Master Plan

On May 22, the Louisiana legislature unanimously approved the updated, $50 billion, 50-year Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, aimed at stopping coastal land loss in Louisiana, the last step in an approval process that began in January.

New opportunity for Louisiana ag producers, sign up for Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative

LAFAYETTE, La. – May 2, 2012 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers in portions of 22 parishes to develop and enhance habitat for migrating birds.

Louisiana Ducks Unlimited State Convention scheduled in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – May 2, 2012 – The 2012 Louisiana Ducks Unlimited State Convention will be held at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, July 19-21.

New report says addressing Louisiana coastal loss is worth national investment

A recent report by the Mississippi River Delta Science and Engineering Special Team addressed 10 fundamental questions about saving the Mississippi River Delta, including how to reverse coastal marsh loss, what impacts could result from restoration efforts and the economic blow to Louisiana and the nation if this important coastal ecosystem is lost.

Louisiana senators help push NAWCA closer to reauthorization

BATON ROUGE, La. - April 2, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited is applauding the efforts of a bipartisan group of senators who this week released S. 2282, legislation that would reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) through 2017.

DU receives Louisiana land conservation organization designation

LAFAYETTE, La. - March 29, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited and its landholding foundation, Wetlands America Trust (WAT), were jointly certified as a land conservation organization by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) this week. Only five other organizations have been granted this certification, and DU is the only one also accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (2011).

Former DU president inducted into Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

LAFAYETTE, La. - March 29, 2012 - Dr. L.J. Mayeux of Marksville, La., former national president and chairman of the board for Ducks Unlimited, is the 2012 recipient of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award presented by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts in 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation.

Lafayette Chapter recognized nationally

LAFAYETTE, La. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Lafayette Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

New Orleans Chapter recognized nationally

NEW ORLEANS, La. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the New Orleans Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Shreveport Chapter recognized nationally

SHREVEPORT, La. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Shreveport Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Upper Lafourche Chapter recognized nationally

LAROSE, La. – March 20, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Upper Lafourche Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Baton Rouge Chapter recognized nationally

BATON ROUGE, La. – March 16, 2012 – The President's Elite are among Ducks Unlimited's most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. This past fall, the Baton Rouge Chapter made the list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Five Louisiana Ducks Unlimited chapters recognized nationally

The following chapters earned a spot in the Top 100 out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide: Carencro, DU of Terrebonne, Lincoln Parish, Mandeville-Covington and Plaquemines Parish.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

LAFAYETTE, La. – March 19, 2012 – As the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month's milestone 9th Annual World Water Day.

Twelve DU conservation projects receive NAWCA grant approval from MBCC, six more from NAWCC

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) met last week and approved more than $24.5 million in federal grants under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) for partnership-based conservation projects that will protect, restore and enhance more than 146,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats across the United States and Mexico.

Senate vote advances historic conservation funding for Gulf Coast, other key waterfowl habitats

WASHINGTON - March 9, 2012 - After months working side by side with legislators, Ducks Unlimited applauded the Senate's passage of an amendment that could impact not only restoration efforts along the oil-spill-stricken Gulf Coast, but also expand funding for land conservation nationwide.

Ducks Unlimited, partners brief Congress, urge coastal restoration

WASHINGTON - March 5, 2012 - It's been nearly two years since the nation witnessed the largest oil spill in U.S. history. In that time, Congress still has not passed legislation to direct oil spill penalty funds to the Gulf Coast and its multi-billion-dollar natural-resources-based economy.

DU comments on Louisiana coast master plan

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has issued a draft of Louisiana's 2012 Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. After public input, the final plan will go to the legislature March 26 for approval.

Go-Devil Manufacturers donates special boat to Louisiana Ducks Unlimited

LAFAYETTE, La. – Feb. 21, 2012 – Louisiana Ducks Unlimited is introducing a new raffle at all of its events in 2012. Warren Coco of Go-Devil Manufacturers donated an 18-foot aluminum boat with trailer and a 35-hp surface drive for fundraising use. This unit was selected specifically for Louisiana Ducks Unlimited with the serial number of 25000.

LA Leadership Meeting - Feb 11th

Louisiana Leadership Meeting - Feb 11th - Homewood Suites, Lafayette, LA - open to all Volunteers. Come join us!!

LA DU News - February 2012

LA DU News is a montly newsletter regarding Louisiana Ducks Unlimited and it''s volunteers.

West Monroe DU Volunteer Wins Big

On December 20, 2010, Randy McConaughey was the lucky winner of the Louisiana Ducks Unlimited Yamaha 4-wheeler package.

Louisiana: Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area

In 2005, Hurricane Rita damaged the levees at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area beyond the repair capabilities of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

DU hosts EPA, House Appropriations Committee staffer for coastal Louisiana tour

DU staff guided two Environmental Protection Agency employees and a House Appropriations Committee staff member on a tour of Louisiana coastal wetlands on Jan. 13.

Louisiana Contacts 2012 - NEW

Bartels Dedication—Louisiana

Nov. 2011: More than 100 people gathered to celebrate the completion of a $1.2 million coastal restoration project in southeast Louisiana and to dedicate it to Ron and Jackie Bartels.

USA Rice Federation presents Ducks Unlimited with 2011 Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award

The USA Rice Federation presented Ducks Unlimited with its second annual Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award on Dec. 8. The award recognizes exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation that significantly benefit natural resources, wildlife and America's communities.

Opening Day Bag Checks

Louisiana Bag Check data from West Zone opening day.

Migration Alert - Early counts show Louisiana duck numbers higher than last year

Nov. 11, 2011: The estimated 1.84 million ducks on this survey is 13 percent higher than last November's estimate of 1.62 million.

$1.2 Million Coastal Restoration Project Dedicated to Louisiana Conservationists

Representatives of Ducks Unlimited and several partner organizations gathered today at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area to celebrate the completion of a $1.2 million coastal restoration project in southeast Louisiana and to dedicate it to Ron and Jackie Bartels of Schriever.

Ducks Unlimited CEO, Dale Hall, Visits Louisiana

Dale Hall, CEO, Ducks Unlimited met with local DU volunteers in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Gulf Coast Foraging Study Summary Report

Study to determine the capacity of marshes in the Gulf Coast marshes from Mobile Bay, Alabama to Corpus Christi, Texas. This is a Summary of the study that includes methods and key findings.

$500,000 Project Grant Benefits 6,000 Acres

LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) recently approved a $550,000 grant proposal for the St. Louis Canal Project in Lafourche Parish. A portion of the benefited area from this fresh water diversion project includes Point-aux-Chenes WMA. These grant funds will be levered with partner funds and NAWCA funding to complete the project.

Efforts to restore Gulf Coast continue to gain momentum

After years of urging top national policymakers to prioritize restoring the U.S. Gulf Coast, Ducks Unlimited is pleased to see the effort to use Clean Water Act penalties paid by the parties responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is gaining momentum in Congress.

Louisiana Has Record Waterfowl Harvest

Abundant Harvest Emphasizes Importance of Louisiana to Waterfowl

Convention 2011 - E.J. Deubler

DU 2011 National Convention guest speaker, E.J. Deubler, former DU Louisiana state chairman

DU CEO joins America's WETLAND Foundation Board of Directors

In a recent announcement from America's WETLAND Foundation (AWF), H. Dale Hall, Ducks Unlimited CEO, was named to the AWF Board of Directors. Hall will assist with the organization's decision making process as AWF works throughout Louisiana.

Louisiana native named to DU Board of Directors

During its annual convention held recently in Quebec City, Ducks Unlimited Inc. elected E.J. Deubler of Harvey, La., to its national board of directors.

DU and NWF take Sportsmen to Meet with Nation’s Leaders

Sportsmen have been calling for coastal marshlands and wetlands to be restored since last year’s oil spill, and to pay for the restoration efforts by ensuring penalties paid by BP under the Clean Water Act be directed back to the Gulf Coast region.

New Study confirms Significant Land Loss Along Louisiana Coast

Coastal Louisiana has lost more than 1.2 million acres in the past 78 years, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center. The study analyzed wetland changes from 1932 to 2010 and provides a more accurate picture than previously available.

John Newman Elected 41st Ducks Unlimited President at National Convention

Ducks Unlimited welcomed longtime volunteer and Louisiana resident John Newman as its 41st president at DU's national convention in Québec City, Canada, last week. Newman succeeds John Pope, who now serves as chairman of the board.

Policy News 3-21

Passage of NAWCA reauthorization bill critical to program's future; Shell Oil contributes half-million dollars to Gulf Coast restoration; Conservation Easement Incentive Act introduced in House with strong support

DU Receives Pennington Foundation Gift

Ducks Unlimited awarded a generous grant of $1 million over five years from the Irene W. and C.B Pennington Foundation in support of DU's work in coastal Louisiana.

Shell Oil Company Contributes Half-Million to Gulf Coast Restoration

Shell Oil Company recently donated $250,000 to Ducks Unlimited, reaching the half-million dollar mark in their support of DU's ongoing efforts to protect and restore rapidly disappearing coastal wetland habitats in Louisiana.

Policy News 3-16

DU to sportsmen: Ask Congress to direct oil spill fines back to Gulf Coast restoration; DU helps protect Miss. land grants funding from massive budget cuts; Natural Resources Trustees announce $1 billion down payment for Gulf Coast restoration efforts

Saving America's Marsh

Coastal wetland loss and degradation are threatening Louisiana's rich hunting and fishing heritage

LA Tech Dawgs plays a vital role in supporting conservation

Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 listing of top-producing college chapters throughout the nation. This year, the Louisiana Tech Dawgs Chapter made it into the elite group out of nearly 120 DU collegiate chapters.

President's Elite Chapters Rise to the Top

Each year a select group of Ducks Unlimited chapters rises to the top of the ranks: the President's Elite chapters, which raise $100,000 or more annually for DU's habitat conservation work. This year, 43 DU chapters achieved President's Elite status.

Ducks Unlimited Names Top 100 Chapters

The Top 100 Chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

DU Announces 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

Ducks Unlimited bestowed this year's Private Citizen award to Durand Farms of St. Martinville, La., in the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards ceremony at the 76th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Policy News 3-9

Great Lakes staff meets with Congress to express concerns; DU's Southern Region stresses importance of public policy efforts at LA Coastal Experience; Virginia congressman praises DU's efforts to restore NAWCA funding

L.W.F.C. Hears Waterfowl Season Zone Options for 2011-2015 Seasons

Louisiana state news.

Louisiana Contacts 2011 - New

Listen to DU on the radio in Louisiana with Don Dubuc!

Jerry Holden, manager of conservation programs in Louisiana, and Mike Checkett, DU communications specialist, will be discussing Louisiana wetland conservation and waterfowling with Don Dubuc on WWWL ESPN 1350 AM in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011.

Policy News 3-5

DU supports strengthening hunting tradition with additional funding for Open Fields; DU volunteers, staff attend South Carolina Sportsmen's Caucus luncheon; DU thanks state of Louisiana for $2 million support of marsh restoration project; USDA to hold general CRP sign-up for second consecutive year; DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California; DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

Abita Brewing Company Supports Ducks Unlimited's Louisiana Coastal Conservation Initiative

Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Company recently donated $100,000 to Ducks Unlimited, leader in wetlands conservation, for restoration of important wetland habitats along Louisiana’s imperiled coast.

Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative program update

Responding to the possible impacts of the Louisiana oil spill in June 2010, Ducks Unlimited, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service partnered up to put habitat on the ground for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. In this video update, DU CEO Dale Hall explains the benefits of this partnership.

Louisiana Duck Numbers Up along the Coast

A waterfowl survey conducted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) the week before duck season opened in the state’s west zone found large numbers of waterfowl overall and good wetland habitat conditions along coast.

Ducks Unlimited CEO joins NFWF, NRCS on tour of MBHI sites along Louisiana coast

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Oct. 27, 2010 – DU CEO Dale Hall, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Executive Director Jeff Trandahl and Kevin Norton, Louisiana state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, visited sites in the Vermilion and Cameron parishes in southwest Louisiana that were recently flooded under the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative.

$4.48 Million Louisiana Coastal Restoration Project Restores 2,500 Acres of Marsh Habitat

Ducks Unlimited and partners gathered Friday at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate the completion of a $4.48 million coastal restoration project in southwest Louisiana.

Wetlands Enhancement Project Dedicated to L. J. "Dr. Duck" Mayeux

At the southern end of the Mississippi Flyway, Ducks Unlimited dedicated a wetlands restoration project at Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge to Dr. L. J. Mayeux’s service and commitment to waterfowl conservation. The project will provide wintering habitat for waterfowl and opportunities for waterfowl hunting and other wildlife-oriented recreation as well as environmental education.

DU CEO named to governor's coastal advisory board

Gov. Bobby Jindal has appointed Ducks Unlimited CEO H. Dale Hall to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation. Hall will serve as one of two representatives from the conservation community.

Migration Update: Bayou Bluewings

Fall is in the air across the United States and Canada, and DU's Migration Map glows with a multitude of reports from waterfowl hunters about duck and goose numbers in their area. The Louisiana marshes, wintering grounds for more than 13 million waterfowl in some years, are welcoming the arrival of blue-winged teal. These birds provide the first hunting action of the fall and bring with them the anticipation for the general waterfowl season.

General Cigar will bolster Ducks Unlimited's Gulf Coast habitat restoration efforts

RICHMOND, Va. - Today, General Cigar donated $20,000 to Ducks Unlimited on behalf of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association. The donation will support DU's habitat restoration efforts along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Improve Atchafalaya Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited continues commitment to wetlands conservation in Louisiana.

Cargill Deicing Technology Supports Gulf Coast Restoration

Cargill Deicing Technology presented a check for $200,000 to Ducks Unlimited at the Louisiana State Convention. The donation supports DU’s ongoing efforts to provide sufficient wintering habitat for waterfowl along the Louisiana coast.

DU to receive $2.5 million grant for Gulf Coast habitat work

Funds will restore, enhance habitat near Gulf Coast marshes MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 24, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited was notified today it will receive a $2.5 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to provide additional habitat for waterfowl and other birds that will migrate to the Gulf Coast later this year.

DU Urges President to Accelerate Funding, Implementation of Existing Gulf Coast Restoration Plans

Ducks Unlimited urges President Obama and his Administration to accelerate implementation and funding of existing Gulf Coast restoration plans. In his speech to the nation from The Oval Office last night, the President declared, “…it’s clear we need a long-term plan to restore the unique beauty and bounty of this region…that’s why we must make a commitment to the Gulf Coast that goes beyond responding to the crisis of the moment.”

DU scientist, member brief congressional committee on impact of oil spill to waterfowl

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 15, 2010 – This past Friday, more than 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate staffs, representatives from a variety of national news programs and other organizations attended a Ducks Unlimited briefing regarding the Gulf Coast oil spill and its potential impacts on waterfowl.

Gulf Coast marshes losing ability to support waterfowl, study says

GCJV study reveals significant waterfowl food deficits LAFAYETTE, La. - June 10, 2010 - Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) scientists recently completed analyses demonstrating that the massive losses of coastal wetlands during the past half-century have reduced the capacity of Gulf Coast marshes to support wintering waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited board of directors passes Gulf oil spill resolution

DALLAS - May 28, 2010 - As part of Ducks Unlimited's ongoing response to the Gulf oil spill tragedy, its board of directors passed a resolution yesterday that further emphasized the organization's commitment to restoring wetlands along the Gulf Coast.

Ducks Unlimited - Gulf Coast Oil Spill Response

First and foremost, Ducks Unlimited's thoughts and prayers go out to the oil rig workers and their families who have been affected by this accident. As oil from the Louisiana spill moves ashore and into the wetland ecosystems along the Gulf Coast, DU wants to remind volunteers, members and supporters of the region's fragility and its importance to North America's waterfowl.

DU presents Louisiana Gulf Coast science-based solutions on Earth Day

DU members are encouraged to recognize habitat conservation solutions on Earth Day As the world's leader in wetlands conservation, Ducks Unlimited is working every day to improve habitat conditions to benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people in North America. Earth Day is no different. But today, DU wants to remind its members and supporters that there are effective, science-based conservation solutions available.

DU announces 2010 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - March 26, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2010 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 75th-annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Milwaukee, Wis., on Friday, March 26.

Louisiana CPRA Awards DU $1.78 Million For Restoration Project

Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority announced the selection of projects to receive funds from the Conservation and Restoration Partnership at their March 17 meeting. Ducks Unlimited received $1.78 million for the Calcasieu-Sabine Watershed Project.

Ducks Unlimited lauds new roadmap for Gulf Coast restoration

Ducks Unlimited looks forward to working with the Administration to implement their plan to streamline and coordinate restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast. The plan, developed under the leadership of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality, brings together stakeholders from the states, federal government, and organizations like Ducks Unlimited to expedite landscape restoration efforts.

Mississippi Alluvial Valley waterfowl hunters search for answers

Waterfowl seasons throughout the country are now officially closed. Die-hard waterfowl hunters are starting to feel the first symptoms of post-season regret. "Could I have hunted more? Could I have hunted in better places? Were my decoys wrong? Do I need a new gun?" Most importantly, this season many hunters are asking, "Where were the ducks?" Here are a few answers that might help solve the puzzling riddle many hunters faced in the Mid-South.

President Obama nominates Ducks Unlimited board member for ambassador post

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 21, 2010 - Tod Sedgwick has been nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. Sedgwick is a board trustee for Wetlands America Trust (WAT), Ducks Unlimited's supporting foundation that raises significant philanthropic gifts and manages DU's endowments and land holdings.

Who controls the duck numbers? You do

The following is a link to an article in the November 2009 issue of Louisiana Sportsman

Ducks Unlimited senior official discusses coastal restoration with administration

NEW ORLEANS - Oct. 15, 2009 - Ducks Unlimited First Vice President John Newman met with a senior Obama administration official today to discuss coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf Coast.

L. J. “Dr. Duck” Mayeux Tribute

Myrens Upland Project – Saskatchewan, Canada - Ten years after improvements began, the Myren Uplands Project was dedicated to a life-long conservationist from Louisiana. Dr. L. J. Mayeux, widely known across DU as “Dr. Duck” is a consummate example of the passion and commitment of the DU volunteer. He has held virtually every volunteer position in DU, starting as a Marksville, Louisiana committee member in 1980.

Cameron Parish Marsh Restored for Ducks and Fish

LAFAYETTE, La. June 22, 2009 – Nearly 600 acres of coastal marsh in Cameron Parish are being restored through the combined efforts of Ducks Unlimited, NOAA, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

Celebrating a Dedicated Louisiana Conservationist, Conserving 1,600 Acres

MARKSVILLE, La. May 1, 2009 – Dr. L. J. Mayeux, widely known across Ducks Unlimited as “Dr. Duck” was honored at a dinner held Wednesday at the Tunica-Biloxi Paragon Casino in Marksville, Louisiana. Proceeds from the dinner will support projects on more than 1,600 acres of permanently protected waterfowl habitat on breeding grounds in Canada and wintering grounds in Louisiana.

Conservation Leaders Call for Full Funding of Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan To Reduce "Dead Zone"

Leaders from across America’s Energy Coast (AEC) today called upon President Barack Obama and members of Congress to take immediate steps to reduce the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico by fully funding the 2008 Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan.

Rotorcraft Leasing Company Helps DU Conserve America’s Wetland

Coastal Louisiana is comprised of vast areas of wetlands with few roads. It also contains the most highly threatened wetlands in North America. Simply stated – it’s a big place with big problems, and the best way to get a sense of both is from the air. In March, Broussard-based Rotorcraft Leasing Company donated helicopter time to Ducks Unlimited to deliver that experience to important supporters.


Louisiana coastal areas vanishing Thousands of acres of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands disappeared between 1998 and 2004, according to a report released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Gulf Coast lost wetlands despite overall gains in wetland habitat across the nation. Losses along the Gulf Coast (about 62,000 acres per year) accounted for a majority of all coastal wetland loss from 1998 to 2004, the study says, bringing the area's total loss during that period to more than 370,000 acres. The loss of wetlands in southern Louisiana, estimated at around 18,500 acres per year, accounted for about one-third of the wetland losses along the Gulf Coast.

Governor, DU to Restore Coastal Wetlands

LAKE CHARLES, January 28, 2009 – Tuesday, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) is signing a cooperative agreement with Ducks Unlimited, a leading conservation organization, to restore and protect nearly 2,500 acres of coastal marshland in Southwest Louisiana. A combined $3.26 million in state funds, federal grant money and private donations will be used to construct 250,000 linear feet of marsh terraces in areas that were once healthy marsh, but have become open water due to the effects of saltwater intrusion and wave action, largely from Hurricanes Rita and Ike.


Louisiana Governor Acknowledges Ducks Unlimited As Coastal Conservation Expert Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation including Ken Babcock, the senior director of conservation for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. He will serve as one of the two representatives from the conservation community.

Baton Rouge 2008 Federal Duck Stamp Finalist

Baton Rouge resident and waterfowler, Kenneth Altazan, is a finalist in the 2008 Federal Duck Stamp competition.

Hurricanes Impact Wildlife Habitat in Texas and Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited Urges Congress to Support Habitat Restoration Efforts September 22, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited urges Congress to act quickly to help state and federal wildlife agencies, farmers and ranchers recover from the damage done by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike by funding restoration and recovery efforts that will enable them to continue with farming, ranching or other habitat programs that provide critically important wetland habitat on their lands. Waterfowl, other migratory birds and resident wildlife species depend heavily on habitat provided on public and private lands in the storm-impacted areas.

LDWF Sets Tentative Migratory Waterfowl Season

Dates & Limits have been tentaively set for the 2008 Migratory Waterfowl Season. Notable changes in bag limits are the increase of 1 Wood Duck to a total of 3. The LDWF release did not mention the status of the limit on Canvasbacks, but it expected that there will be a change, possibly to closing the season for Canvasbacks altogether.

Louisiana Coastal Restoration Gets a Boost from California-based Company

Louisiana Coastal Restoration Gets a Boost from California-based Company Sempra Energy Foundation Joins the Fight for America’s Wetland Ducks Unlimited received $25,000 from Sempra Energy Foundation to help restore over 900 acres of eroded marsh in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The California-based company joined forces with DU to protect the rapidly disappearing coastal marsh. The Sempra Energy Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that supports sustainable, measurable community-based change in places where Sempra Energy does business.


Ducks Unlimited Uses $40 Million Value of White Lake Donation for Coastal Restoration LAFAYETTE, La.- June 17, 2008 – When BP America donated the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area to the State of Louisiana, they provided Ducks Unlimited and other conservation partners with the means to secure funding for coastal restoration projects through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. The 70,965-acre donation is valued at $40 million, which DU uses as required match when applying for NAWCA grants.

DU and Partners Recieve $998,576 for Mottled Duck Habitat Restoration

DU AND PARTNERS RECIEVE $998,576 FOR MOTTLED DUCK HABITAT RESTORATION Federal NAWCA grant supports waterfowl conservation in Louisiana LAFAYETTE, La., June 5, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited was awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to enhance over 2,337 acres of coastal wetland habitat in Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion Parishes in southwest Louisiana. Partners contributed more than $2.2 million to match the $998,576 received from the federal grant. The project will restore breeding and wintering habitat for resident mottled ducks.

New Conservation Reserve Program Focuses On Coastal Prairies - LA

NEW CONSERVATION RESERVE PROGRAM FOCUSES ON COASTAL PRAIRIES USDA’s State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Program Targets Louisiana’s Coast LAFAYETTE, La. May 28, 2008 – USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and partners of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture are promoting a new initiative of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to restore 3,500 acres of native grasslands and shallow wetlands in southwest Louisiana. This initiative is part of the USDA’s recently announced State Acres For wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) program designed to address habitat needs of wildlife species whose populations are declining or are otherwise of social and economic importance.

L.W.F.C. Sets Agenda for May Meeting

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has scheduled the next regular public board meeting for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2008, at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries building located at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.

Researchers Study Mottled Ducks in Western Gulf Coast

Researchers Study Mottled Ducks in Western Gulf Coast NFWF Grant from Shell Marine and NOAA Fund Mottled Duck Conservation LAFAYETTE, La., April 10, 2008 – Partners of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) are conducting research on mottled duck survival and habitat use along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Ducks Unlimited and other conservation partners of the GCJV will use information from the study to refine habitat conservation and management strategies for enhancing the growth of mottled duck populations.


DUCKS UNLIMITED HIRES GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS REPRESENTATIVE FOR LOUISIANA Jennifer Grand hired to direct policy efforts in Louisiana LAFAYETTE, La. March 31, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited’s Governmental Affairs Representative, Jennifer Grand, begins work to coordinate public policy activities affecting wetland restoration and conservation in Louisiana.


DU AND PARTNERS RECEIVE $781,840 FOR LOUISIANA DELTA WETLANDS RESTORATION Federal NAWCA grant supports long-term wetland conservation MONROE, La., March 24, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited was awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to enhance over 3,920 acres of wetland habitat in Concordia and Ouachita Parishes in northeast Louisiana. Partners contributed more than $3 million to match the $781,840 received from the federal grant. The project will restore high priority wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds within the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMV).

Louisiana DU delivers conservation message to Congress

WASHINGTON – February 22, 2008 - Kenner, La. resident and senior Ducks Unlimited volunteer and board of directors member Mike Benge traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with representatives, senators and other policymakers to discuss the organization’s conservation priorities. Benge met individually with Louisiana Rep. Charlie Melancon and Sen. David Vitter and staff from Sen. Mary Landrieu’s and Rep. Charles Boustany’s offices.

Ducks Unlimited Celebrates World Wetlands Day with Youth

Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee this weekend. These hunts fall on World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate and share the importance of wetlands world-wide. Attendees have the opportunity to make a personal connection with wetlands through waterfowl hunting.

Ducks Unlimited- Serving the South

Projects on Public Lands in Mississippi and Louisiana Increase Hunting Opportunities Duck hunting has been highly variable in the South in recent winters. Biologists can point to no single cause, but mild weather through the winter period is surely a significant factor. When Old Man Winter does make an appearance, however, Ducks Unlimited is working to assure that sufficient habitat exists in the South to accommodate waterfowl and waterfowl hunters.

DU and partners receive $998,000 for Louisiana Gulf Coast restoration

DU and partners receive $998,000 for Louisiana Gulf Coast restoration Federal NAWCA grant supports long-term wetland conservation LAFAYETTE, La., November 12, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited was awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to enhance over 1,300 acres of coastal marsh habitat in Cameron Parish. Partners contributed more than $2.2 million to match the $998,391 received from the federal grant. The project will restore high priority wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds along the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

Ducks Unlimited honors conservationist Hugh Bateman

ALEXANDRIA, La., October 24, 2007 – Waterfowl habitat on Catahoula Lake in central Louisiana has improved tremendously since 1996 thanks in no small part to Hugh Bateman. Ducks Unlimited honored his efforts at a ceremony on Wednesday by dedicating the Catahoula Lake Hugh Anderson Bateman Tribute Project. Bateman dedicated his career to restoring the lake and ensuring it maintains international importance to migratory water birds.

Funding needed now to resurrect popular farm bill wetlands program - LA

ALEXANDRIA, La., October 4, 2007 – Honey Brake is a wetlands oasis that draws waterfowl, deer, turkey and other wildlife from miles around. For decades, it frustrated Catahoula Parish farmers who struggled to get a crop from its swampy bottoms. Now, Honey Brake is one of the nation’s largest Wetlands Reserve Program easements. Its nearly 7,800 acres make it a model of success for the popular farm bill conservation program.

Louisiana teal season set for September 15

The early teal season is nearly upon us—are you prepared? MONROE, LA. Sept. 12, 2007—Saturday, September 15 waterfowl hunters will embark on a long-held tradition as they head to the marsh in search of the elusive blue and green-winged teal. These fast-flying ducks are among the earliest birds to migrate south and have been challenging sportsmen and women for years.

2007 Discover Louisiana Hunting Weekend

Discover Louisiana Hunting (DLH), the fall hunting promotion for new hunters, has been scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23-25, announced Bryant Hammett, secretary for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

Restoration technique improves wildlife habitat at Catahoula Lake

ALEXANDRIA, La., August 1, 2007 – New strategy will improve waterfowl habitat on Catahoula Lake in LaSalle and Rapides Parishes, Louisiana. Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists, with the help of CropLife America member companies, have identified an environmentally safe herbicide application strategy. Results of a trial herbicide application on Catahoula Lake indicates broader usage will significantly reduce undesirable plants.

Bears den in Wetland Reserve Program lands

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES, June 5, 1007 - A cooperative habitat restoration program that restores wetlands on marginally and non-productive croplands recently helped produce five black bear cub litters in Louisiana.

BP America $2 million donation helps DU secure wetlands grant - LA

LAFAYETTE, La., May 31, 2007 – A two million dollar donation by BP America was used to match federal dollars and earn a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant. BP’s contribution to this grant was part of a $40 million conservation donation given to Louisiana in 2002. The NAWCA grant, awarded to Ducks Unlimited in March, will fund conservation activities on 11,024 acres in southwest Louisiana. Additional partners providing funds to help secure this NAWCA grant include the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and several private landowners.

Ducks Unlimited honors David Richard for contributions to wetlands

PORTLAND, Ore., April 2, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) presented David Richard of Lake Charles, Louisiana with its private citizen Wetland Conservation Achievement Award at the 72nd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, in Portland, Oregon.

Wetland grant awarded for restoration on Grand Cote NWR

MONROE, La., April 2, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve waterfowl habitat in central Louisiana. Project partners will conserve 2,147 acres on Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and on private land in Avoyelles and Concordia parishes. Approximately $1.6 million in matching partner funds will be combined with more than $650,000 in NAWCA grant funds for the project.

What’s Wrong with WRP? - LA

MONROE, La., March 26, 2007 - Louisiana duck hunters and farmers are losing a once robust wetlands conservation program. After conserving almost 230,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forests and wetlands critical to waterfowl in Louisiana, the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is near death in Louisiana and other southern states. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the federal agency that administers WRP, is getting fewer participants since the program’s land appraisal process changed in 2006.

Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Contributes $100,000 to Louisiana Coast Restoration

Lafayette, La., February 23, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited will restore critical wintering waterfowl habitat in Coastal Louisiana with the help of a $100,000 gift from the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. Louisiana’s coastal marshes host up to 20 percent of the nation’s wintering waterfowl. Each year, more than 10 million ducks and geese winter on Louisiana’s coast.

Partners in ‘PRIDE’

LA PRIDE is a conservation initiative targeted at protecting and conserving important wetlands throughout Louisiana with particular interest directed towards Louisiana coastal restoration efforts. Ducks Unlimited has pledged $15 million toward Louisiana coastal restoration and LA PRIDE Partners allow DU the ability to leverage “DU Dollars” with other funding sources to deliver important wetland restoration.

LDWF Providing Extra Time to Prepare for 2006 Discover Louisiana Hunting Weekend

Anyone interested in participating in the 2006 Discover Louisiana Hunting Weekend, scheduled for the Nov. 24-26, now has more time to prepare

El Paso Corporation Receives DU Conservation Honor for $250,000 in Lifetime Contributions

HOUMA, La., Oct. 3, 2006 – Conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat in Louisiana and throughout the U.S. has benefited by gifts from El Paso Corporation (NYSE: EP). On Wednesday, Oct. 4, El Paso will receive the Emerald Teal Award, which recognizes total cumulative contributions of $250,000 to Ducks Unlimited (DU).

Important Notice to Louisiana DU Members

We are writing to you as Louisianans head to the polls on September 30th to vote on a number of ballot initiatives, several of which have the potential to positively impact waterfowl and wetlands conservation and duck hunting in the Bayou State for generations to come. Ducks Unlimited encourages you to vote in favor of the constitutional amendments pertaining to coastal protection and restoration in Louisiana.

Louisiana Teal Season Opens

Get in extra duck hunting now!

Discover Louisiana Hunting Weekend Scheduled for Nov. 24-26

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will again offer new hunters the opportunity to participate during Discover Louisiana Hunting (DLH) promotional hunting days set for Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24-26.

Don Young Talks About DU's Work in Lousiana to Stop the Loss of Coastal Marsh

Louisiana has the highest coastal wetlands loss rate of any state in the nation comprising more than 1,500 square miles of marsh over the past seven decades. Open-water habitats replace 25 to 35 square miles of the coast’s emergent wetlands every year. Don Young, executive vice president of Ducks Unlimited, spoke to reporters in New Orleans, La., on Aug. 1 about the work Ducks Unlimited has done and is planning to stop the loss of coastal marsh.


The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted to tentatively adopt proposed season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the 2006-07 migratory waterfowl season at their Aug. 3 meeting.

Governor Blanco Launches New “America’s Energy Coast” Initiative

New Orleans, La. – Today Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco joined America’s WETLAND: Campaign to Save Coastal Louisiana by launching the new America’s Energy Coast Initiative. This effort is aimed at gaining national awareness about the strategic value the Gulf Coast has for the nation’s domestic energy security.

Paul Dufour - Home Again!!

Paul Dufour is home..........

El Paso Corporation Donates Pipe to Help Restore Wetlands in Louisiana

El Paso Corporation (NYSE: EP) has donated 10,000 feet of smooth steel pipe to Ducks Unlimited (DU). The pipe and associated transportation costs are valued at $60,000 and will be used to help restore wetlands in southwest Louisiana.

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana Honors Ducks Unlimited

BATON ROUGE, La., May 8, 2006 – The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana honored Ducks Unlimited (DU) with its Coastal Stewardship Award for significant contributions to the preservation and restoration of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. The award was presented to DU at the Coalition’s awards banquet on Friday, May 5.

DU Receives $440,000 for Coastal Marsh Restoration in Southeast Louisiana - LA

LAFITTE, La., March 30, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) has been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to restore 580 acres of coastal marsh habitat in Jefferson Parish, La. The project is estimated to cost $1.33 million and partners will contribute approximately $890,000 which will be matched with $440,000 in NAWCA grant funds to support coastal wetlands restoration efforts.

Sempra Energy Awards $25,000 to Ducks Unlimited for Coastal Wetlands Restoration in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited has received $25,000 from Sempra Energy LNG to help restore approximately 6,451 acres of coastal wetlands on Black Lake Marsh in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Chad Courville Receives Top Flight Award from Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is pleased to announce that Chad Courville is the recipient of DU's 2004 Top Flight Award. The Top Flight Award is given annually to a DU staff member who exemplifies leadership qualities and a strong work ethic in delivering on-the-ground conservation programs. Courville, who resides with his wife Kylee in Lafayette, LA, has worked for DU for 5 years as a project and regional biologist, working with private landowners along the Louisiana coast interested in enhancing their property for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

Ducks Unlimited Cooperator Receives Prestigious Award in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited is pleased to announce that one of its private lands cooperators, Mr. Joe Banks from Mangham, LA, was the winner of the 2004 Waterfowl Management Farm of the Year Award, sponsored by Rural Sportsman and Benelli USA.

Shell Pipeline Donates Product to Ducks Unlimited for Use on Louisiana Habitat Conservation Projects

Shell Pipeline Company in Houma, Louisiana, recently donated 285 feet of new stainless steel pipe valued at $8,530 to Ducks Unlimited for wetlands conservation projects in Louisiana. The pipe varies in diameter from 12 to 22 inches and will be used for water control structures placed on new or enhanced wetlands. The donated pipe is earmarked for the restoration of about 300 acres of wetlands under the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a conservation partnership between Ducks Unlimited, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Louisiana landowners.

Ducks Unlimited Completes Habitat Monitoring Project in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently completed a vegetation-monitoring project on Catahoula Lake in Louisiana. Project RECLAIM (Rehabilitating the Ecology of Catahoula Lake through Analysis and Information Management) is a cooperative effort between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and DU to facilitate best management practices for waterfowl with limited conservation and management funds. Funding for this project was provided by Ducks Unlimited.

Courville Among Top Conservation Award Winners in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited is pleased to announce that Chad Courville was the recipient of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation's (LWF) 2004 Professional Conservationist of the Year award. Courville received the award at the 41st Conservation Achievement Recognition Banquet held on March 6th in Monroe, LA, where the LWF convened for its 66th Annual Meeting. The awards were presented by Jerome Ringo, Chairman-Elect of the National Wildlife Federation and Dwight Landreneau, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries representing Governor Kathleen Blanco.

Enhancement Project Completed on Lower Atchafalaya Basin WMA

A wetlands habitat enhancement project at the Attakapas Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the Lower Atchafalaya Basin has been completed in Louisiana. Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Chad Courville anticipates a nutrient-rich foraging base to be ready for the 2004-2005 waterfowl season. "We've put in a new water control structure and worked on the impoundment between Crew Boat Chute and the Atchafalaya River. Before, the water dropped and was trapped between the river and the chute. It was stagnant and no moist-soil vegetation grew there. Now we can control the water level," said Courville.

Shell Partners with Ducks Unlimited to Support The Mississippi River Delta Splays Project

Grant of $100,000 will help fund restoration of wetlands in the Pass-A-Loutre Wildlife Management Area/Mississippi River Delta Crevasse Splays in Louisiana.

DU Applauds Gov. Blanco’s Efforts to Champion Wetlands Loan Act

Ducks Unlimited (DU) officials in Washington, DC and Louisiana applaud the efforts of Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in urging the federal government to double the money it spends each year on habitat under the Federal Duck Stamp Program. To accomplish this, they are asking their congressional delegations to help create the 2006 Emergency Wetlands Loan Act, modeled after similar legislation passed nearly 45 years ago.

Ducks Unlimited Pledges $15 Million to Help Restore Louisiana’s Coastal Marsh - LA

Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leader in wetlands restoration, is pledging $15 million to help restore coastal wetlands in Louisiana damaged by Hurricane Katrina. “Ducks Unlimited will work with partner conservation organizations, federal conservation agencies and the state of Louisiana to protect and restore 52,000 acres along the Louisiana coast by 2008,” said Ducks Unlimited Executive Vice President Don Young.

Jerry Holden Accepts New Role with Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is pleased to announce the promotion of Jerry Holden to Director of Conservation Programs in Louisiana. Holden, who will transfer with his wife Melissa to Monroe, La., has worked for DU as the Manager of GIS and Remote Sensing for nearly 6 years. He will join a staff of ten biologists and engineers who are responsible for DU’s habitat conservation programs in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited & Partners to Restore Louisiana Coastal Wetlands - LA

Ducks Unlimited and several partners have been approved for a project under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to help restore more than 1,500 acres of wetlands along Louisiana’s hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast. Approximately $2.3 million in matching funds from partners will be paired with $995,000 in NAWCA funds to underwrite restoration.

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Double Habitat Improvements on Catahoula Lake - LA

“This year, we set back invading woody vegetation, which smothers out duck food on the lake, by more than 4,000 acres using modern plant science technology,” said Hugh Bateman, special projects coordinator for DU in Louisiana. “In years past, we’ve only been able to accomplish about 2,000 acres of treatment.”H

Ducks Unlimited & Partners Dedicate First Restored Wetland Since Hurricanes Katrina & Rita - LA

HOUMA, La., December 14, 2005 – Ducks Unlimited joined a coalition of state, local, and federal partners, and private supporters today at the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area in Terrebonne Parish to dedicate the first restored wetland since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the region.

Governor Blanco receives $15 million Ducks Unlimited pledge for coastal marsh restoration - LA

BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 9, 2006 - Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco today accepted a $15 million pledge from Ducks Unlimited for coastal wetlands restoration projects in Louisiana. "This contribution provides a generous boost to our efforts to revitalize America's wetland, which was dealt devastating blows by Katrina and Rita," said Governor Blanco. "Coastal restoration is a key component in our storm protection strategy and we welcome Ducks Unlimited as a partner."

House Resources Chairman Wants Gulf Coastal Wetlands Restored - LA

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2006 - House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (Calif.) says coastal wetlands restoration is "absolutely critical" for the stability of the Gulf Coast region and for its wildlife. In a letter sent to House Appropriations Chairman Jerry Lewis (Calif.), Pombo asked that money President Bush requested last month for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also be available for coastal wetlands restoration.

Louisiana Wildlife Federation Honors Ducks Unlimited - LA

ALEXANDRIA, La., Mar. 13, 2006 – The Louisiana Governor’s Conservation Achievement Recognition Program named Ducks Unlimited (DU) the conservation organization of the year for 2005. The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) organizes this program. It presented DU with the award at its 67th annual convention held in Alexandria, Louisiana on March 4.

U.S. senators, DU staff member rally for protection of migratory birds in wake of oil spill

Ryan Heiniger, DU director of conservation programs for Minnesota and Iowa, met with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) and others to discuss repercussions of the Gulf oil spill on North America's migratory birds.

Faces of the Gulf Coast: Byron Prest

Plaquemines Parish DU chairman talks about the oil spill.

Faces of the Gulf Coast: Frank Jurisich

Frank Jurisich, an oyster fisherman from Empire, Louisiana, shares his story of the Gulf Coast and the oil spill.

West Gulf Coastal Plain

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation efforts in the West Gulf Coastal Plain priority area

Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont priority area

Gulf Coastal Prairie

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Gulf Coastal Prairie priority area.

Mississippi Alluvial Valley

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Mississippi Alluvial Valley priority area.

Dr. Tom Moorman's Letter on the Gulf Coast

A letter from Dr. Tom Moorman, head of DU's Gulf Coast Response Team, on the state of Gulf Coast habitat before and after the oil spill

Louisiana Coast: The Time Is Now

Louisiana's coastal marshes are in danger. Ducks Unlimited is working to save them. Learn more about the historical loss of the Louisiana coast.

Cameron Prairie NWR Terracing

To enhance migratory bird habitat at Cameron Prairie NWR by constructing Cameron Prairie NWRterraces to restore coastal marsh. The project will construct approximately 50,000 linear feet of marsh terraces on Cameron Prairie NWR and Miami Corporation property in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Catahoula Canvasbacks

This vast Louisiana lake has long been a haven for these prized diving ducks.

Where Louisiana's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region is critical to Louisiana waterfowl hunters. The vast majority of Louisiana’s annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”.

America's Marsh

A third of Louisiana's coastal marsh is gone, and 50 more acres are lost each day. Can this crucial wintering ground be saved?

View from the Gulf

Gary Koehler shares the story of Louisiana waterfowl hunters and the unseasonable weather that impacts their hunting success.

Louisiana Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Louisiana. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

Marsh Terraces as a Conservation Practice

Catahoula Lake Vegetation Monitoring Project

The Catahoula Lake Vegetation Monitoring Project is a cooperative effort between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to provide information about the health of the ecosystem to facilitate best management practices with the limited funds available. Primary funding for this project is through DU’s MARSH (Matching Aid to Restore States’ Habitat) program.

Russell Sage WMA - East Green-tree Impoundment

Enhance an existing 700-acre waterfowl impoundment through installation of a steel pipe and water control structure. This project established adequate drainage for upstream landowners and protected the integrity of the impoundment for waterfowl habitat.

Ouachita WMA - Waterfowl Impoundment Project

To establish management capabilities on green-tree reservoirs and moist soil units, provide migrating and wintering waterfowl habitat, and increase hunting opportunities on 525 acres. Development of these sites involved renovating existing levees and installation of water control structures to maximize management efficiency.

Pomme de Terre WMA - Wetlands Restoration

To restore 1,200 acres of wetlands habitat on Pomme de Terre WMA through installation of concrete spillways and gated culverts. Two waterfowl management units were designed that can be manipulated independently.

Attakapas WMA Crew Boat Chute Deadfall Enhancement

To restore 250 acres of moist-soil habitat on Attakapas WMA through installation of a water control structure and minor levee repair. A functional levee exists on the southern portion of the unit due to the extension of Crew Boat Chute in 1999 by Hunt Oil Company.

Louisiana Waterfowl Project - North

Louisiana Wetlands Reserve Program

Cameron Prairie - Moist-Soil Habitat Restoration

To improve migratory bird habitat on Cameron Prairie NWR by renovating/replacing levees and installing several water control structures. This project provides valuable moist-soil habitat for mallard, gadwall, widgeon, green-winged teal, white-fronted geese and other wintering waterfowl common to the Gulf Coast.

Pass-A-Loutre WMA - Delta Wide Crevasses

To enhance migratory bird habitat at Pass-A-Loutre WMA by aiding in an effort currently underway called Delta Wide Crevasses; funded through the Breaux Act (CWPRRA). This project consists of maintaining existing crevasse-splays, construction of new crevasse-splays, and future maintenance of selected crevasse-splays on the WMA.

Sabine NWR - Unit 7 - Enhancement

To restore 750 acres of submerged aquatic vegetation on Sabine NWR through construction of marsh terraces. This project involves construction of earthen terraces within a marsh that is being impacted by highly saline water from the Gulf of Mexico.

Mandalay NWR - Vegetation Control

To enhance 750 acres of submerged aquatic vegetation on Mandalay NWR through vegetation control methods. Herbicide will be applied to interior marsh ponds in an effort to control nuisance stands of water hyacinth. Controlling water hyacinth will allow sunlight to reach important submerged aquatic vegetation, which is prime source of waterfowl foraging habitat.

Lacassine NWR Unit B - Enhancement

To enhance 860 acres of prime waterfowl habitat on Lacassine NWR through fabrication and installation of irrigation pumping system. Currently, Unit B is managed intensively as a cooperative farm unit to provide winter forage for waterfowl through a combination of agricultural crops and moist-soil plants.

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge - Rollover Bayou

To restore 16,568 acres of coastal marsh near Pecan Island, LA through construction and installation of the Rollover Bayou Water Control Structure on Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge. This project involves installation ten 30" diameter marine-grade aluminum pipes equipped with flap gates and stop-log water control structures.

Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge - Price Lake Unit

To restore 7,000 acres of coastal marsh in the Price Lake Unit of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge through installation of two water control structures. This project involves removal of two non-functional outlet weirs and installation of two new weirs with state-of-the-art water management capabilities.

Marsh Island Wildlife Refuge

To enhance 8,000 acres of coastal marsh on Marsh Island Wildlife Refuge through refurbishment of existing levees. The external levee surrounding the waterfowl impoundment was severely damaged to constant wind and wave action from several large hurricanes. Over 15,000 linear feet of levee needed repair using approximately 60,000 cubic yards of fill dirt.

Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA - Hydrology Restoration

This project will restore historic salinities and hydrology to 4,736 acres of degraded marsh on Pointe Aux Chenes WMA through installation of 4 hydrologic structures and construction of 1 exterior levee. Erosion, salt-water intrusion, and increased turbidity have degraded the once vast fresh, intermediate, and brackish marshes of southeast Louisiana.

Louisiana Waterfowl Project - South

The mission of the Louisiana Waterfowl Project is to provide critical migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife. Managing off-season agricultural fields and other wetland areas as waterfowl habitat results in migratory birds returning to the breeding grounds physically conditioned for maximum reproductive success.

Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Marsh Terracing Project

Louisiana has the highest coastal wetlands loss rate of any state in the nation comprising more than 1,500 square miles of marsh over the past seven decades. Coastal marshes have been deteriorating since man-made navigation channels changed the natural water-flow patterns on the landscape, allowing saltwater to intrude into areas of the marsh where vegetation is less tolerant of high salinity.

Avoca Island - Coastal Marsh Restoration Project

Restoration on 1,014 acres of coastal marsh will be accomplished through installation of 3 water control structures and refurbishment of 15,650 linear feet of exterior levee.

Oyster Bayou - Coastal Marsh Restoration Project

Restoration on 7,383 acres of coastal marsh will be accomplished through installation of 5 water control structures and 4 earthen canal plugs.

Bayou Pierre WMA - Wetlands Restoration

To restore 900 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Bayou Pierre WMA through installation of several water control structures, construction of levees, and installation of pumping system. The majority of land on this WMA consisted of farmland that in most years was too wet to successfully grow an agricultural crop.

Soda Lake WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

To enhance approximately 800 acres of moist-soil habitat and semi-permanent wetlands on Soda Lake WMA through levee construction and installation of five water control structures. The project involved constructing ½ mile of new levee, reworking several existing levees and installing five water control structures.

Hurricane Impacts on Wetlands & Waterfowl

South Louisiana wetlands may suffer significant long-term damage from hurricanes.

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