February 27, 2004
State, federal, and private landowners participating in a workshop at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans will formally announce a landmark agreement and efforts to define future plans and actions to help save a rare reptile. Eight federal and state partners signed a conservation agreement in December 2003 to identify and establish management for the Louisiana pine snake on federal lands in Texas and Louisiana. The Louisiana pine snake is listed as a candidate species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as threatened by the state of Texas, and as a species of conservation concern by the state of Louisiana.
To help protect this species, agencies need to regularly burn the forest understory with controlled fires in appropriate conditions. This also makes for a healthier, safer forest and benefits the entire ecosystem, not to mention a more natural visiting experience when the forest understory is regenerated.
A live Louisiana pine snake will be available for photo opportunities. Photos will be available on Monday, March 1, 2004 at http://southeast.fws.gov/news/pinesnake
Pine Snake photos -- click on photo for 300 dpi
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