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2019-2020 LEEC UNIVERSITY RESEARCH GRANT GUIDELINES

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)
Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)

 
Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST
 
Grants that are funded are based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and support efforts to increase public awareness and knowledge of the subject area.
 
Maximum award: $1,200

 
GUIDELINES:

  • Students attending Louisiana colleges or universities and who are working toward a Master’s Degree, Ph.D., or conducting post Ph.D. research with a focus on environmental issues are eligible to apply on behalf of their school.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the applicant/Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the applicant’s college or university and the institution receives the award payment.
  • Funding requests are not to exceed $1,200.00.
  • Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis only, pending submittal and acceptance of required reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, and photos.
  • All monies must be spent to support research. (The LEEC/LDWF will not provide indirect costs to universities or tuition fees.) Funds may be used to purchase materials and/or equipment necessary to conduct research, fulfill poster requirement, and/or provide travel and lodging to and from field sites during data collection. Travel reimbursement requests must comply with the State of Louisiana Travel Guide https://www.doa.la.gov/osp/Travel/travelpolicy/pocketguide.pdf.
  • Changes in project scope or budget must be pre-approved through the LEEC Coordinator.
  • Research proposals that are funded must be based on sound scientific principles and have an environmental focus. Research involving environmental issues affecting Louisiana is preferred.
  • All research conducted must follow the college/university IRB guidelines to ensure compliance.
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s major professor must be included in the proposal.
  • LEEC members may not apply.
  • An individual may not submit more than one application.
  • The LEEC/LDWF reserves the right to use the funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF website, printed materials, and other means.  
  • Awardees are required to submit an educational poster highlighting their project for display at the 2020 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium.
  • Announcement of awardees will be made no later than April 1, 2019. Awardees will be notified by mail and/or email.
  • Project start date is June 1, 2019. Purchases made prior to June 1, 2019 will not be refunded.
  • If funded, students will be required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. Scope of work as described in the proposal must be completed and the final report submitted by May 1, 2020.
  • Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Timely reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, and project photos are required for reimbursement of expenses.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in lack of reimbursement and/or disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.

 
RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION

 
 
Questions?
Contact Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 735-8680.
 

2019-2020 LEEC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT GUIDELINES

2019-2020 LEEC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT GUIDELINES

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)
Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)
                                                                                                             
Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST
 
Grants that are funded must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana.
 
Maximum award: $2,500.00

GUIDELINES:

  • Any local education, state, or environmental agency, college, university, or nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is eligible to apply. This Professional Development grant is made available to all educators who impact teacher education.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the applicant/Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the affiliate organization. In the event that the Project Leader leaves the organization, the organization must notify the LEEC grants coordinator and then satisfactorily demonstrate to the LEEC grants committee the ability to continue the project or the grant will cease. 
  • Funding requests are not to exceed $2,500.00.
  • Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis only, pending submittal and acceptance of required reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, photos, and support documentation.
  • All monies must be spent on materials of instruction directly related to the purpose of the project, facility rental, registrations, and/or stipends to participants not to exceed $15 per contact hour. Travel, furniture, indirect costs, food, and salaries will not be funded. Development or writing of instructional materials will not be funded.
  • Changes in project scope or budget must be pre-approved through the LEEC Coordinator.
  • Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana. Funded projects are those that involve a series of learning experiences facilitated by an educator and that demonstrate an increase of understanding in participants.
  • Examples of fundable proposals include:
  • Providing environmental learning experiences that are standards-based, correlated to the Louisiana Student Standards, and include lesson plans or other resources that help ensure implementation of strategies.
  • Presenting workshops to other non-formal educators or pre/in-service teachers that illustrate how existing environmental education curricula can be presented in standards-based, environmental science as inquiry formats.
  • Significant in-kind services, cost-share OR matching funds (minimum of 50% match of requested funds) must be shown. For example, in delivering a two-day facilitators training workshop, the participants may pay a registration fee to cover meals, the project personnel may use their time spent preparing, presenting and traveling as a match, and if the facilities, meals or materials are donated, these too may be considered a match. A letter(s) of support from the source(s) must accompany this proposal pledging the in-kind or matching funds.
  • It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to organization guidelines and regulations.
  • Recipients, by law, will receive Tax form 1099 declaring receipt of these funds, unless the application is made through an agency, university, or foundation.
  • An individual/organization may not submit more than one Professional Development Grant application.
  • LEEC Members and/or member organizations as defined in R.S. 30:2503 may not apply.
  • LEEC/LDWF reserves the right to use funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF website, printed materials, and other means.  
  • Awarded applicants will be encouraged to attend the 2021 Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium to showcase their project and network with colleagues and state resource providers. Registration fees and lodging assistance may be provided to those whose presenter proposals are accepted.
  • Announcement of awardees will be made no later than April 1, 2019. Awardees will be notified by mail and/or e-mail.
  • Project start date is June 1, 2019. Purchases made prior to June 1st will not be refunded.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. All projects must be completed and the final report submitted by May 1, 2020.
  • Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Timely reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, project photos and support documentation are required for reimbursement of expenses. Support documentation includes agenda, sign-in sheet, and any handouts provided.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in lack of reimbursement and/or disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.

IMPORTANT!!! Applications are anonymous and competitive. Identifying information, such as the name(s) of the applicant(s), school, county/parish, or state, should appear only where indicated. Mention of identifying information in the body of the PROPOSAL will disqualify the application.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATION

 

Questions? Contact Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 735-8680.
 

2019-2020 LEEC EDUCATOR GRANT GUIDELINES

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)

Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)

 

Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST

Grants that are funded are based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and impact Louisiana teachers and students.

Maximum award: $1000 for 1 teacher or $2000 for a team

GUIDELINES:

  • School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers in accredited public or non-public schools (K-12) in Louisiana are eligible to apply on behalf of their school.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the applicant/Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the applicant’s school/school system and the school/school system receives the award payment. In the event that the Project Leader leaves the school, the school must notify the LEEC grants coordinator and then satisfactorily demonstrate to the LEEC grants committee the ability to continue the project or the grant will cease.   
  • Funding requests are not to exceed $1,000.00. Two or more teachers from the same school may apply jointly for a total amount not to exceed $2,000.00.
  • Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis only, pending submittal and acceptance of required reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, photos, and support documentation.
  • All monies must be spent on materials and/or equipment directly related to the purpose of the project. Travel, furniture, acquisition of real property, lobbying, indirect costs, registration fees, clothing, and/or food items will not be funded.
  • Changes in project scope or budget must be pre-approved through the LEEC Coordinator.
  • Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact student learning. Funded projects are those that involve a series of learning experiences facilitated by a teacher and that demonstrate an increase of understanding in students.
  • It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to school guidelines and related regulations.
  • Recipients, by law, will receive Tax form 1099 declaring receipt of these funds, unless the application is made through an agency, university, or foundation.
  • An individual may not submit more than one application.
  • LEEC members and/or member organizations as defined in R.S. 30:2503 may not apply.
  • LEEC/LDWF reserves the right to use the funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF website, printed materials, and other means.
  • Awarded applicants will be encouraged to attend the 2021 Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium to showcase their project and network with colleagues and state resource providers. Registration fees and lodging assistance may be provided to those whose presenter proposals are accepted.
  • Announcement of awardees will be made no later than April 1, 2019. Awardees will be notified by mail and/or e-mail.  
  • Project start date is July 1, 2019 and grants are to be implemented during the 2019-2020 academic school year. Purchases made prior to July 1st will not be refunded.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. All projects must be completed, funds spent and the final report submitted by May 1, 2020.
  • Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Timely reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, project photos and support documentation are required for reimbursement of expenses. Examples of support documentation include examples of student work, videos, lesson plans, etc.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in lack of reimbursement and/or disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.

IMPORTANT!!! Applications are anonymous and competitive. Identifying information, such as the name(s) of the applicant(s), school, county/parish, or state, should appear only where indicated. Mention of identifying information in the body of the PROPOSAL will disqualify the application.

EDUCATOR GRANT APPLICATION

Questions? Contact Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 735-8680.

 

2019-2020 LEEC/LDOE GREEN SCHOOLS GRANT GUIDELINES

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE)
Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)
Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST
The LEEC, in collaboration with the LDOE, is offering this grant to encourage Green Ribbon Schools initiatives in accredited Louisiana schools. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html.
 
Open to accredited Pre-K-12 schools in Louisiana
Maximum award: $5000

GUIDELINES:

  • School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers in accredited public or non-public schools (Pre-K-12) in Louisiana are eligible to apply on behalf of their school.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the applicant/Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the applicant’s school/school system and the school/school system receives the award payment. In the event that the Project Leader leaves the school, the school must notify the LEEC grants coordinator and then satisfactorily demonstrate to the LEEC grants committee the ability to continue the project or the grant will cease.  
  • Funding requests are not to exceed $5,000.00.
  • Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis only, pending submittal and acceptance of required reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, photos, and support documentation.
  • All monies must be spent on materials and/or equipment directly related to the purpose of the project. Travel, furniture, acquisition of real property, lobbying, indirect costs, registration fees, and/or food items will not be funded.
  • Changes in project scope or budget must be pre-approved through the Green Schools Coordinator.
  • Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have a school sustainability focus, and be designed to directly impact student learning.  Funded projects are those that involve a series of learning experiences facilitated by a teacher and that demonstrate an increase of understanding in students.
  • Proposals must satisfy EPA’s definition of Environmental Education (EE): EE increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provides the skills necessary to make informed environmental decisions and to take responsible actions. EE is based on objective and scientifically-sound information, and does not advocate a particular viewpoint or a course of action. EE teaches individuals how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking and enhances their own problem solving and decision making skills on environmental topics.
  • It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to school guidelines and related regulations.
  • Recipients, by law, will receive Tax form 1099 declaring receipt of these funds, unless the application is made through an agency, university or foundation.
  • A school may not submit more than one LEEC Green Schools application.
  • LEEC Members and/or member organizations as defined in R.S. 30:2503 may not apply.
  • The LEEC/LDWF/LDOE reserves the right to use the funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF/LDOE websites, printed materials, and other means.
  • Awarded applicants will be encouraged to attend the 2021 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium to showcase their project and network with colleagues and state resource providers. Registration fees and lodging assistance may be provided to those whose presenter proposals are accepted.
  • Announcement of awardees will be made no later than April 1, 2019. Awardees will be notified by mail and/or e-mail.
  • Project start date is July 1, 2019 and grants are to be implemented during the 2019-2020 academic school year. Purchases made prior to July 1st will not be refunded.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. All projects must be completed and the final report submitted by May 1, 2020.
  • Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Timely reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, project photos and support documentation are required for reimbursement of expenses. Examples of support documentation include examples of student work, videos, lesson plans, etc.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in lack of reimbursement and/or disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.

IMPORTANT!!! Applications are anonymous and competitive. Identifying information, such as the name(s) of the applicant(s), school, or parish, should appear only where indicated. Mention of identifying information in the body of the PROPOSAL will disqualify the application.
 
GREEN SCHOOLS GRANT APPLICATION

Questions? Contact Brian Gautreau, Green Schools Coordinator, at (225) 765-2864 or bgautreau@wlf.la.gov.
 

Two Men Pleaded Guilty to Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 11/27/2018

Two Louisiana men were sentenced in the U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana in Alexandria for duck hunting violations.

Tyler W. Smith, 33, of St. Francisville, and Logan A. Blanchard, 25, of Oscar, both pleaded guilty to placing bait to take migratory game birds and hunting migratory game birds over a baited area.  Smith also pleaded guilty to hunting migratory game birds without a state duck license and hunting without a basic hunting license.

The honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph H.L. Perez-Montes accepted the guilty pleas, and sentenced Smith on Nov. 7 to pay a $3,610 fine and suspended his hunting privileges for two years.  Judge Perez-Montes also sentenced Blanchard on Sept. 26 to pay a $3,540 fine and suspended his hunting privileges for three years.

The guilty pleas stem from a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement division investigation.  Agents cited Smith and Blanchard on Dec. 16, 2017 for the migratory game bird hunting violations in Catahoula Parish near Harrisonburg.

December 2018 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda (Note: The December meeting will be held on Monday, December 3)

Release Date: 11/27/2018

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.

 

The following items will be discussed:

 

1. Call to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call

4. Adoption of November 1, 2018 Commission Meeting Minutes

5. Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

6. Enforcement Report, November 2018 – Major Edward Skena, Enforcement Division

7. Receive and Consider a Notice of Intent on Dredge Fill Material Program – Kyle Balkum, Biologist Director

8. Receive a Presentation on the New WMA Self-Clearing Permit App – Steve Smith, Wildlife Biologist

9. Receive an Update on Chronic Wasting Disease Status – Scott Durham, Wildlife Biologist Director

10. Receive a Presentation from the Louisiana Oyster Task Force (OTF) – OTF Representative

11. Set April 2019 Commission Meeting Date

12. Receive Public Comments

13. Adjournment

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6092608729370592771

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all

reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign

language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Two Avoyelles Parish Men Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/21/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agents cited two men for alleged deer violations in Avoyelles Parish on Nov. 19.

Agents cited Brice Rodgers, 19, Plaucheville, and Brandon Prothro, 39, of Simmesport, for taking over the daily limit of deer, taking deer from a moving vehicle, taking deer during illegal hours, taking deer with an illegal weapon, possession of illegally taken deer and intentional concealment of wildlife.  Agents also cited Rodgers for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a tip about five freshly killed deer beneath a wooden bridge in Plaucheville.  Agents investigated the complaint and found the deer and uncovered information that led them back to Rodgers and Prothro.

Agents arrived at Rodgers’ residence for questioning where they found two more untagged deer in ice chests.  Rodgers said he harvested those two deer during the primitive firearms season, but had not tagged them.

During the investigation, agents determined that on Nov. 16, Rodgers and Prothro went hunting at night killing four deer with a .17 cal. rifle and one with a crossbow from the road out of a truck.

Agents learned they had the deer at Rodgers’ residence.  However, they decided to throw the five deer over the bridge because they thought agents might be looking into their alleged illegal hunting activity.

Intentional concealment of wildlife and hunting deer during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking over the daily limit of deer carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a road, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting deer with an illegal weapon each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

The men may also face up to $8,123 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.  Rodgers faces an additional $3,249 in civil restitution.

LDWF Agents Conduct Successful Search and Rescue Mission

Release Date: 11/20/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents performed a successful search and rescue mission of an overdue boater in Cameron Parish.

Agents received information about a kayaker that was overdue on the afternoon of Nov. 18 on the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  LDWF agents immediately conducted a search of the area and were able to find the missing 38-year-old Lake Charles resident around 9 a.m. on Nov. 19.

The man was found about a mile from the place he launched his kayak.  According to the kayaker, he went out duck hunting on the morning of Nov. 18 when he got lost and couldn’t find his way back to the launch.  He attempted to call for help but was unable to get service on his cell phone.

Agents were able to retrieve the man and his kayak and get him back to the launch where an ambulance transported him to the Cal Cam Hospital in Sulphur for treatment of mild hypothermia.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard and Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office also participated in the search.

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