L.D.W.F. Acquiring 7,200 Acres Within Joyce W.M.A. Throught Funding Partnership

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EVENT: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) will host a signing ceremony within the June 5 LWFC meeting to officially transfer property within the Joyce Wildlife Management Area (WMA) from The Conservation Fund (TCF) to LDWF.

The $2.2 million acquisition will ensure that the acreage, formerly leased from TCF, will be permanently held for outdoor recreation and coastal wetlands preservation.

The funding sources making the purchase possible include a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant, a North American Wetland Conservation Act grant, and Wildlife Habitat Natural Heritage Trust funds.  TCF was able to reduce the state’s purchase price with $450,000 provided by a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant through its partnership with Shell Oil and private funds donated through TCF by Ameriprise Financial.

Officials representing NOAA’s Eastern Gulf Regional Office, NAWCA, Ameriprise and TCF will be in attendance.

WHEN: Thursday, June 5 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Louisiana Room, LDWF Administrative Office, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer, LDWF Press Secretary, ph. 225-765-5115 or bboehringer [at] wlf [dot] louisiana [dot] gov.