The Baton Rouge Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office is located in the Mississippi River Watershed of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Established in 1978, the office is led by Project Leader Glenn Constant and employs six individuals including biologists, biology technicians and an administrative officer. Our office was previously located in Jackson, Mississippi and also Natchitoches, Louisiana but has been located in Baton Rouge since 1993.
What We Do
About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a bureau within the Department of Interior. We are the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. We are the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is management of these important natural resources for the American public. The Service also helps ensure a healthy environment for people through its work benefiting wildlife, and by providing opportunities for Americans to enjoy the outdoors and our shared natural heritage.
The Service is responsible for implementing and enforcing some of our Nation’s most important environmental laws, such as the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the Lacey Act. It also oversees the Federal Aid program responsible for distributing hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
At this time we are working with:
- Pearl Darter
- Gulf Sturgeon
- Alligator Gar
- Alligator Snapping Turtle
- Louisiana Pearlshell Mussel
- American Eel
- Frecklebelly Madtom
Projects and Research
Our current projects include leading and/or assisting with the following species:
- Alligator Gar Population Assessment
- Contribution of Alligator Gar Stocking to Conservation Objectives of the Service and Partners
- American Eel Population Assessment
- Frecklebelly Madtom Population Assessment
- Frecklebelly Madtop Habitat Assessment and Restoration
- Gulf Sturgeon Habitat Assessment and Restoration in Louisiana Estuaries
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working to restore alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula) populations in the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Gar are not currently federally-listed as threatened or endangered. However, in some areas their populations have substantially decreased over the past 50 years prompting most states within their historic range to enact...
We think it is a very important part of our job to inform the public on what we do. More importantly we want to educate the people on why it is important to conserve our lands, restore populations, and be a steward of the the environment. When a person has a genuine interest or understanding of a particular matter they are more likely to support the issue. We need your support to be able to pass on to future generations the same beautiful rivers and fishes that you have enjoyed for so many years.