Baton Rouge: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) offers wildlife management assistance to private landowners and managers through its Private Lands/Technical Services Program. Technical Services Biologists (TSBs) can help landowners with deer management, dove field establishment, management of waterfowl impoundments and habitat management for a wide variety of wildlife.
One of the most important things these biologists do is listen. Landowners own and manage land for a variety of reasons. The assistance provided by the Private Lands/Technical Services program is guided by the objectives, needs and resources of the landowner. If a landowner needs financial assistance to implement certain management activities, the TSB may be able to help locate appropriate funding sources.
Some landowners may already be working with a natural resource professional, such as a consulting forester. The TSB will not replace these other professionals, but will work closely with them to integrate the landowner’s wildlife objectives with other management objectives and programs.
Landowners are encouraged to seek a written plan to help them maintain a long-term and consistent management approach and TSBs can provide that plan. Even the best plan will need to be modified as experience and conditions dictate, so landowners are encouraged to maintain contact with their TSB. The landowner and TSB should regularly evaluate the habitat, assess the impacts of management and make changes when needed.
There is no cost to landowners to utilize the services of the department’s TSBs. Whether a landowner is interested in hummingbirds or trophy bucks, looking for a comprehensive management plan or simply has a management question, the department’s technical services biologists can help. To contact a LDWF technical services biologist in your area, call an LDWF field office in Monroe (318-343-4044), Minden (318-371-3050), Pineville (318-487-5885), Lake Charles (337/491-2575), Hammond (985-543-4777), Opelousas (337-948-0255) or New Iberia (337-373-0032).
For additional information, contact David Breithaupt at 318-487-5885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.