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  • New maps aid conservation in Louisiana

    December 16, 2019 | 3 minute read

    Recent revisions to a federal report on the nation’s wetlands indicate that coastal areas are losing wetlands more quickly than the rest of the nation — none more so than those along the Gulf of Mexico. The rate of the loss appears to be accelerating, too. Among the findings: beginning in 2004, an estimated 5% of all saltmarsh habitat vanished to open waters along the Gulf of Mexico during a 4½-year period.  Learn more...

Faq

  • A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor.
    Information icon Louisiana pinesnake. Photo by Michael Sealy, USFWS.

    Louisiana pinesnake final 4(d) rule

    February 26, 2020 | 6 minute read

    What action is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) taking? The Service is finalizing a rule under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for the Louisiana pinesnake, a reptile from Louisiana and Texas. This rule will reduce regulatory burdens while providing for the pinesnake’s conservation. What is a Louisiana pinesnake and where can they be found? Reaching up to about five feet long, Louisiana pinesnakes are non-venomous and secretive in nature, spending much of their time underground in burrows of its pocket gopher prey  Learn more...

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  • A yellow brick building with lots of windows.
    Information icon The Louisiana Ecological Services Field Office. Photo by USFWS.

    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.  Learn more...

  • Small pink birds with rounded bills wade through the shallow water.
    Roseate Spoonbills out in the water. Photo by Corey Douglas.

    For coastal communities

    Coastal program in Louisiana Program supports voluntary, proactive and cooperative projects in these areas, focusing efforts to restore and protect habitat for federal trust species. We provide technical expertise and financial assistance to: Private landowners and citizens; Native American tribes; Non-profit organizations; Municipal and local governments; Business and industry. Learn more about how we coordinate the coastal program in the southeast and at the national level. Coastal Wetlands Planning Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) restoration activities Louisiana supports over 45 percent of the intertidal wetlands in the lower 48 states, but has suffered over 90 percent of the coastal wetland loss in the nation.  Learn more...

  • Birds flying around boom floating in the water to contain an oil spill.
    Brown pelican feeding frenzy during BP oil spill response off Queen Bess Island, LA. Photo by Tom MacKenzie USFWS.

    Environmental contaminants

    Pollution is one of America’s greatest environmental concerns. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is the primary federal agency dedicated to protecting wildlife and their habitats from pollution’s harmful effects. What we do The Service’s Louisiana environmental contaminants coordinator works with industry, as well as state and federal agencies, to ensure wildlife can co-exist with natural resource development as well as agriculture, forestry, and transportation activities. We are involved in:  Learn more...

  • Heavy machinery.
    Slash-buster after cleaning up the levee. Photo by Corey Douglas.

    For developers: Conservation planning assistance

    Conserving habitat for fish and wildlife in Louisiana To protect the overall public interest, including the environment and our trust resources, Congress has mandated that certain public and private development activities require formal authorization and approval by the Federal Government or state agencies with delegated regulatory authority. Some of these development projects include: Hydropower and alternate energy development Highway construction and re-routing Pipeline construction Gravel mining Cell tower construction Construction or development in wetland habitats Coastal development The goal of the Louisiana Ecological Services Office‘s Conservation Planning Assistance Program work is to provide state-wide project evaluation and consultation for all of the Service’s trust resources.  Learn more...

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    The Louisiana Field Office utilizes the latest GIS applications to provide spatial analyses to all programs; Civil Works, Coastal Restoration & Protection, Conservation Planning Assistance, Endangered Species, Environmental Contaminants, and Partners for Fish & Wildlife. These tools provide the capability to look at landscape conservation and ecosystem management; assess habitat suitability, wildlife habitat management, and where to best put limited resources towards protection and recovery. We also provide GIS and GPS (global positioning system) support to national wildlife refuges for management plans, oil and gas exploration, elevation and geodetic benchmark surveys, remote sensing and habitat mapping.  Learn more...

  • Thousands of geese taking flight.
    Information icon Geese flocking overhead. Photo by Corey Douglas.

    Migratory birds

    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed in 1918. That Act prohibits the taking, killing, possession, transportation, and importation of migratory birds, their eggs, parts, and nests; except when specifically authorized by the U.S. Department of the Interior. While the Act has no provision for allowing unauthorized take, the Service realizes that some birds may be harmed or killed as a result of project implementation even when reasonable measures to protect birds are implemented.  Learn more...

  • A map of the Louisiana delta with hundreds of points.
    Information icon A map of the Louisiana delta with hundreds of points indicating where the Service spends its resources. Map by Robert Greco, USFWS.

    Freedom of Information Act

    Documents: All Louisiana ES references 2020 Louisiana ES references 2019 Louisiana ES references 2018 Louisiana ES references 2017 Louisiana ES references 2016 Louisiana ES references Louisiana black bear Louisiana pine snake Search:  Learn more...

News

  • A patterned black and gray snake blends in to the strewn, dark pine needles on the forest floor.
    Information icon Louisiana pinesnake. Photo by Michael Sealy, USFWS.

    Service finalizes 4(d) rule to aid conservation of Louisiana pinesnake and support landowner efforts

    February 26, 2020 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a special 4(d) rule for the Louisiana pinesnake, tailoring conservation protections for the snake while ensuring greater regulatory certainty for landowners. The Louisiana pinesnake was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2018 and landowners play a critical role in its conservation and recovery. “Conservation agencies, non-profit groups and the timber industry are all taking steps to reverse the decline of the Louisiana pinesnake and its habitat,” said Leopoldo Miranda, Service regional director for the South Atlantic Gulf and Mississippi Basin.  Read the full story...

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