LOUISIANA ECOLOGICAL SERVICES FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN (2010 – 2014)
The purpose of this strategic plan is to outline the Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office's (LFO) Five-Year Strategic Plan consisting of goals, strategies, assessment, and needs in order to fulfill the Service's mission. Strategic habitat conservation is defined as the efficient conservation of fish, wildlife, and vegetative populations through habitat management, protection, restoration, or manipulation. It is a process of developing a conservation strategy, making efficient management decisions, and using research and monitoring to assess accomplishments to refine future conservation strategies (National Technical Assistance Team 2008).
The LFO's Five-Year Strategic Plan details the strategies needed to achieve our goals. An annual review of each program's accomplishments will be completed under the direction of the Project Leader with each program coordinator. In that review, field office priority areas, partnership opportunities, program focus, personnel development opportunities will be evaluated. As identified in the sections below, additional resources in the form of increased funding and personnel would enable the LFO to work more efficiently and thoroughly in our efforts to conserve and enhance the trust resources we are charged to protect.
The LFO's overarching goals are to protect and restore ecosystems, habitats, and populations, with emphasis on wetlands and other declining habitats that support threatened and endangered species, concentrations of migratory birds, and interjurisdictional fisheries. The LFO emphasizes an ecosystem approach incorporating Strategic Habitat Conservation to address and prioritize habitat issues through partnerships with other Federal and State agencies, conservation organizations, private landowners, and citizen stakeholders to achieve the greatest possible benefits to Federal trust fish and wildlife resources.