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Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office

The field station was established in 1972. We strive for ecosystem sustainability through preservation, conservation, enhancement, and restoration of habitats essential for the long-term viability of the fish, wildlife, and plants in Louisiana. The field office 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 citizens to achieve the greatest possible benefits to fish and wildlife.

Threatened and Endangered Species

Explore a list of threatened and endangered species by parish in Louisiana.

Louisiana Endangered Species Act (ESA) project review and guidance for other federal trust resources

The application is designed to streamline the review of projects for potential effects to federally listed threatened and endangered species (T&E) and their critical habitat (CH).

Emergency Consultations

Occasionally, federal agencies must respond to emergency situations where human life and property are in danger. Examples include oil spills, wildland fire and hurricanes. The Endangered Species Act and its implementing regulations recognize the need to respond immediately to emergencies and provide special procedures that allow federal agencies the latitude to complete their emergency responses in order to secure human life and property without delay, while still providing them with protections that normal compliance under the ESA would have afforded them.

Learn more about emergency consultations.

Press Releases

  1. A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor. Oct 5, 2017

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends deadline on Louisiana pinesnake ruling

  2. A small, long fish with dark spots and a long dorsal fin in an aquarium. Sep 19, 2017

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends Endangered Species Act protection to rare fish

  3. Four manatees and a school of fish assemble under crystal clear water. Mar 30, 2017

    Manatee reclassified from endangered to threatened as habitat improves and population expands - existing federal protections remain in place

  4. A gopher tortoise walking through an open pine habitat. Mar 24, 2017

    Service, Department of Defense adopt credit strategy for Southeast installations benefiting gopher tortoise and other species

  5. A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor. Oct 5, 2016

    Louisiana pinesnake proposed to be added as threatened under the Endangered Species Act

  6. A small, long fish with dark spots and a long dorsal fin in an aquarium. Sep 20, 2016

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to list pearl darter as threatened

  7. Tall stems extending from the forest floor give way to bright white dangling flowers. Sep 13, 2016

    Southeastern orchid placed on federal threatened and endangered species list

  8. Two birds on a grassy plain. Sep 1, 2016

    Service creates ESA listing workplan to provide predictability and encourage proactive conservation of imperiled wildlife

  9. A small mouse white white belly and sand-colored back hides behind beach vegetation. Aug 30, 2016

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducting five-year status reviews of 22 Southeastern species

  10. TWo biologists on a beach wearing gloves photograph and document a dead sea gull. Jun 1, 2016

    Deepwater Horizon oil spill killed as many as 102,000 birds across 93 species

  11. Bright green needles emerge from a central cone of a longleaf pine tree Apr 6, 2016

    Seeing the forest for the trees

  12. A close up photo of a gray-silver salamander walking on a layer of wet moss. Mar 15, 2016

    Four Southeastern species do not require federal protection, two others under further review

  13. Kemps ridley sea turtle laying in the sand. Large with grey shell and yellow body with grey speckles. Nov 13, 2015

    New report assesses the impacts of emerging threats on Gulf coast species and ecosystems

  14. Red-cockaded woodpecker flying from its nest. Nov 6, 2015

    Service, states, celebrate 20th anniversary of the safe harbor program offering voluntary land management agreements with private landowners

  15. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Sep 9, 2015

    Recovery plan for endangered frog available

  16. A small brown bat on the roof of a cave with a fuzzy white fungus on its nose. Jul 1, 2015

    Service awards grants to 35 states, District of Columbia for work on deadly bat disease

  17. A dark colored salamander with white spots on its stomach and sides. Jun 30, 2015

    Federal wildlife officials respond to a petition to list dozens of species under the Endangered Species Act

  18. A monarch butterfly perched on a bushy plant with bright yellow flowers. Jun 17, 2015

    Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Habitat Council partner to save monarchs

  19. A Louisiana black bear standing in a grassy clearing Jun 12, 2015

    Service announces public hearings on proposal to delist Louisiana black bear

  20. A butterfly covered in white spots with orange and yellow wings perched on a purple flower. Jun 2, 2015

    Service provides $5.7 million in grants to help conserve monarch butterflies and other at-risk species in 11 states

  21. A bald eagle strewn on the grass laying on its back. May 28, 2015

    $11,000 reward offered for information in death of bald eagles in Plaquemine, Louisiana

  22. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison. May 20, 2015

    Secretary Jewell, Governor Jindal announce proposal to remove Louisiana black bear from endangered species list

  23. An injured bald eagle crouched in a field. Mar 31, 2015

    $7,500 reward for information on bald eagle shooting

  24. Coiled up black pinesnake on grass. Mar 10, 2015

    Service proposes to designate Critical Habitat and announces re-opening of comment period on proposed listing of black pinesnake

  25. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Dec 9, 2014

    Seven whooping cranes fly into Georgia following ultralight aircraft

  26. A brown bird with long slender neck and legs takes flight. Nov 14, 2014

    Migratory bird conservation commission waterfowl, approves $28 million to conserve shorebirds and other species in 16 states

  27. Seven young white whooping cranes with beige heads and feathers rest in a protective net pen. Nov 14, 2014

    Whooping cranes arrive in Tennessee

  28. An adult red wolf walking stealthily in a caged enclosure at the zoo. Oct 17, 2014

    Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of gunshot red wolf

  29. A strange looking salamander with horns. Sep 22, 2014

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 27 Southeastern species

  30. A bald eagle perched with its wings spread. Apr 11, 2014

    $7,500 reward for information on bald eagle killing in Louisiana

  31. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Jan 7, 2014

    Endangered whooping cranes arrive at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL on aircraft-guided flight

  32. Long white birds flying in formation behind a fan powered glider. Dec 31, 2013

    Endangered whooping cranes make it to Florida following ultralights

  33. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following. Dec 30, 2013

    Endangered whooping cranes now in Georgia on aircraft-guided flight to Florida

  34. Airborne ultralight with whooping cranes following. Dec 12, 2013

    Endangered whooping cranes now in Alabama on aircraft-guided flight to Florida

  35. A wet brown frog with bright green round eyes on fallen reeds. Nov 19, 2013

    Landmark study reveals low national rate of frog abnormalities on wildlife refuges

  36. A small yellow breasted bird with grey feathers. Nov 14, 2013

    Service approves incidental take permit for NiSource multi-state Habitat Conservation Plan

  37. A mussel with brownish outer shell and a glossy white inner shell that resembles a baked potato. Oct 15, 2012

    Service proposes to protect neosho mucket and rabbitsfoot under the Endangered Species Act

  38. An orange and brown butterfly specimen. Aug 27, 2012

    Service completes status review of the bay skipper butterfly

  39. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Jun 19, 2012

    Fox & Friends story about steps to protect endangered Dusky Gopher Frog misses the mark

  40. Dormant vegetation in front of a lake banked by a small stand of pine trees. Apr 24, 2012

    Jeff Weller to lead U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Lafayette office

  41. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky. Apr 20, 2012

    Conservation effort in northern Louisiana is something to quack about

  42. Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond. Feb 10, 2012

    Ultralight-led whooping cranes released at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

  43. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Jan 13, 2012

    Service to hold public hearing and re-open comment period on the revised proposed Critical Habitat designation and associated draft economic analysis for the Mississippi gopher frog

  44. Three small black bear cubs yawning in unison. Mar 31, 2011

    Restoring Louisiana black bear habitat

  45. Three children and a US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist crouch over a net with used to collect insects from a nearby stream. Mar 17, 2011

    4-H national headquarters and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service honor Louisiana youth wetlands education and outreach 4-H program

  46. Two large, white, Whooping cranes flying in for a landing on a small pond. Feb 8, 2011

    Interior clears the way for return of whooping cranes to Louisiana

  47. Two brown pelicans fly in for a landing on the rocky shoreline. Jul 18, 2010

    Scientists ask public to report banded birds to help scientific research

  48. Two brown pelicans fly in for a landing on the rocky shoreline. Jul 8, 2010

    Using sound science, the service addresses urgent habitat needs for birds and other wildlife along the Gulf coast

  49. A white and black frog standing on dormant grass. Jun 3, 2010

    Fish and Wildlife Service proposes critical habitat for Mississippi gopher frog

  50. Two gloved workers wearing protective glasses soap up and clean an oiled bird. May 9, 2010

    First two birds, oiled from the Gulf spill, readied for release at Pelican National Wildlife Refuge

  51. A gray bird with bright red spot on its face with a small, furry, beige chick. Apr 9, 2010

    Fish and Wildlife Service conducts five-year status reviews of 10 Southeastern species

  52. Hundreds of brown pelicans cover a vegetated beach. Nov 11, 2009

    Brown pelican populations recovered, removed from Endangered Species List

  53. A prehistoric looking brown fish in a hand with a shovel shaped face. Sep 22, 2009

    Fish and Wildlife Service proposes Endangered Species Act protection for the shovelnose sturgeon

  54. A white breasted bird with a brown head and grey feathers. Sep 11, 2009

    Secretary Salazar announces more than $41 million to purchase wetlands and fund grants for migratory waterfowl habitat more than $7 million in waterfowl habitat grants approved for southeastern states

  55. A small gopher tortoise with tan shell standing on sandy grass covered soil. Sep 9, 2009

    Federal finding means gopher tortoise status in the eastern portion of its range merits further review

  56. Thousands of ducks taking flight out of a marsh nearly cover the sky. Jul 31, 2009

    Liberal season proposed for upcoming late waterfowl season

  57. Six people wearing life preservers on a boat. Jun 9, 2009

    Secretary Salazar announces boating grants to 28 states to help keep waterways clean

  58. Five birds with bright green markings on the side of their head on wing tips swimming. Jun 1, 2009

    Conservation funds GO ZERO® program goes gold with CCB

  59. Thousands of birds take flight over a green marsh. May 19, 2009

    High Ouachita River levels postpones floodplain reconnection project

Suggested Streamlined Coordination for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration, Drilling and Production in Louisiana Shale Plays

This document was prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Louisiana Ecological Services Office (LESO) and partners to protect and conserve important public resources such as wildlife and plants, and their habitats (including waterbodies) within areas of Louisiana with a high potential for new or continued oil and natural gas drilling and production.

Five Year Strategic Plan

Our 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.

Download the Strategic Plan.

Service Area

The Louisiana Ecological Service field office service all of Louisiana. Our main office is located in Lafayette, with sub-offices in New Orleans and Fort Polk.

Contact

Louisiana Ecological Services
646 Cajundome Blvd., Suite 400
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone (337) 291-3100
Fax (337) 291-3139
lafayette@fws.gov

Directions

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