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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
    January 26, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652

    Victorian Valentine Workshop at Otis House Museum on Feb. 10
    MADISONVILLE - Otis House Museum is offering a Victorian Valentine workshop on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. Children, ages 7+ are invited to learn about different types of valentines and their origins. Examples of vintage mechanical valentines from the early 1900's will be on display as well as a replica sailor's valentine. After learning about the various valentines, participants can create a Victorian Valentine. Please call to register groups of 10+.
    The workshop is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information or to register call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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  • #2
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    <font color="ff0000"><font size="+2">28th Annual Louisiana&#39;s Sportsmen&#39;s Show March 8-11, &#39;07
    </font></font>


    <font color="000000">Louisiana&#39;s Original Sportfishing, Boat &amp; Hunting Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo in Gonzales, La.</font>

    READ FULL DETAILS FROM the offical website here: http://www.lasportsmenshow.com

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    • #3
      [b]LOUISIANA
      OUTDOOR
      WRITERS

      LOUISIANA
      OUTDOOR
      WRITERS’
      ASSOCIATION
      Sponsored by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers’ Association and The Advocate
      Educational Services, this essay and photography contest is designed to stimulate an
      interest in outdoor journalism and photography in Louisiana youth.


      Besides cash prizes, and other awards, the winning entries will be published in
      this newspaper and other publications and websites across the state.
      CONTEST RULES:
      1. The contest shall be open to all students.
      2. The contest is not open to the immediate family members of any Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association
      member. “Immediate family member” is defined as a son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandchild, or
      step-grandchild.
      AGE DIVISIONS:
      CATEGORIES:
      PRIZES:
      SUBMISSIONS:
      JUDGING:
      1. For the essay category, prizes will be awarded for two separate age groups: Senior &#40;14-18 years of age&#41;
      and Junior &#40;13 years of age and under&#41;.
      2. For the photography category, any age 18 years of age and under is eligible.
      ESSAY
      An original, unpublished essay about personal experience pertaining to hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking,
      or other related outdoor experience. The essay must be at least 300 words in length, but not more than 1,000
      words in length. The submitted essay must be typed, double-spaced, and only on one side of each sheet of paper.
      The essays will be judged on the following criteria: interest, subject matter, readability, spelling, and grammar.
      Winning essays should be available in an e-mail format to facilitate publication.
      PHOTOGRAPHY
      An original, unpublished photo, in either color or black-and-white print form.
      The photo may be either a 4x6 inch, 5x7 inch, or 8x10 inch print, center mounted on 8x10 inch
      poster or mounting board. Slides will not be accepted.
      THE FOLLOWING MUST BE INCLUDED WITH EACH SUBMISSION:
      At the top of the first page of each essay or attached to the back of the mounting board of the photos:
      NAME: AGE: SCHOOL: HOME ADDRESS: TELEPHONE NUMBER:
      All entries should be postmarked no later than March 26, 2007.
      • All entries will be judged by professional educators and outdoor
      communicators.
      • Winners will be notified by mail by May 5, 2007.
      • All winners and their chaperones will be honored at the annual LOWA
      Fall conference held in August this year.
      Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest
      SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES TO:
      THE ADVOCATE
      ED. SERVICES/LOWA
      P.O. BOX 588
      BATON ROUGE, LA 70821
      FIRST PLACE in each of the categories will receive a $150 cash prize and will be presented a certificate
      from the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.
      SECOND PLACE in each category will receive a $100 cash prize and an award certificate from the
      Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.
      THIRD PLACE in each category will receive a $50 cash prize and an award certificate from the Louisiana
      Outdoor Writers Association.
      Find this at:
      www.2theadvocate.com/outdoors
      CASH PRIZES IN ALL CATEGORIES DONATED BY THE LOUISIANA CHAPTER
      OF SAFARI CLUBS INTERNATIONAL.
      Submissions cannot be returned unless accompanied by a SASE.
      www.laoutdoorwriters.com

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      • #4
        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
        March 1, 2007 985-792-4652

        FOLK CRAFTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 30 &amp; 31 AT FAIRVIEW-RIVERSIDE STATE
        PARK


        MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park visitors are invited to observe
        Louisiana craftsmen at work on March 30 &amp; 31. March 30 is a school-day,
        local schools are invited to register students for the program which will
        run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. March 31 is open to general public from 10 a.m.
        until 4 p.m. Woodcarvers, metal workers, basket weavers, needleworkers and
        many other skilled artists will present techniques used to create hand-made
        items. Vendors will offer many unique items for sale. Regional folklorist
        Dr. Laura Westbrook will present a quilt slide show/lecture at 10:30 a.m. &amp;
        1 p.m. on March 31. Call the information number below to register for the
        slide show presentation.
        A puppet show by Porta-Puppet Players at the kids tent each day along with
        musical entertainment to include Bluegrass Tunes at 10 a.m., Cajun Dancers
        at 11 a.m. and on Saturday only at 1:30 p.m. Marvin Weir &amp; The Good Timers
        &#40;Classic country music&#41;. Food and soft drinks will be available on site. Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of
        Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in
        cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St.
        Tammany Parish Tourist Commission. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located
        one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 and Fairview Drive. Admission fee
        is waived for this special event. The site also offers camping, a day-use
        picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. To
        register for the school-day or for more information call 1-888-677-3247 toll
        free or 985-792-4652 locally.
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        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
        March 1, 2007 985-792-4652

        Fairview-Riverside State Park to host Easter Traditions Program April 7 MADISONVILLE - Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park are invited to participate in an Easter Traditions program on April 7th at 2 p.m. The staff
        of Otis House
        Museum will host traditional Easter egg hunts and rolling contests. Children
        will
        be divided into age groups: 4 and under; 5 through 7; and 8 thru 12. After
        the children&#39;s activities, Egg Pocking for all ages will cover Louisiana&#39;s
        original Easter Tradition.
        The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61.
        Seniors 62&#43; and children under 3 are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State
        Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany
        Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte
        River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally
        or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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        • #5
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          • #6
            March 22, 2007

            [b]<font col

            March 22, 2007

            <font color="ff0000"><font size="+2">Dear Citizens of Louisiana,
            Tired of the blame game that gets us nowhere?
            &#34;The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the flooding,&#34; says an LSU levee report released this week.

            The Army Corps says, &#34;No we&#39;re not.&#34;</font></font>



            Sign the petition and get the truth!


            We deserve an independent Commission with subpoena power to find out who made what decisions and when with the levees.


            We need people on the Commission with no stake in the results and who aren&#39;t up for re-election.


            The Commission is cheap and quick and no levee work needs to stop during the study.


            Don&#39;t we all deserve levees that work?


            Click here and sign the secure petition!
            http://www.votervoice.net:80/groups/levees/petition


            Already signed the petition? Please forward to your friends!


            Thank you,
            Sandy Rosenthal
            Founder, Levees.Org
            www.levees.org

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            • #7
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              <font color="000000"><font size="+2">Lt. Gov. Landrieu Announces Hodges Gardens to Become Louisiana&#39;s Newest State Park</font></font>

              Plans Are Underway to Return the Site to Being a Top Tourist Destination for the State

              BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the transfer of property agreement between the Hodges Foundation and the State of Louisiana has been signed, making Hodges Gardens the newest member of the Louisiana State Parks family.
              &#34;Hodges Gardens is an important asset for this region, &#34; Lt. Governor Landrieu said. &#34;The late A.J. Hodges, Sr. took a barren 700-acre stone quarry and turned it into a thriving tourist area. The state&#39;s takeover of the park will restore the garden&#39;s original beauty, upgrade accommodations, and ultimately add value to this economic asset.&#34;
              The Office of State Parks will open the park for day use by April 30. However, Hodges Gardens will not host its Easter Sunrise Service this weekend.
              Landrieu added, &#34;Our park staff is working overtime to complete maintenance work and repairs, so that folks can enjoy the gardens this spring.&#34; Angèle Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said accommodations at Hodges Gardens State Park will be a major draw. &#34;In the past, Hodges Gardens has hosted weddings, family reunions and tour groups from across the south. Preliminary studies have indicated that a restored Hodges Gardens will have a $2.7 million economic impact on the local and state economy,&#34; she said. State Parks Assistant Secretary Stuart Johnson is pleased with the addition of the park. &#34;Hodges Gardens is widely known for its rich, extensive gardens, and we intend for the site live up to that reputation,&#34; he says. Approximately 900 acres of wild and cultivated beauty, the Sabine Parish wilderness area will be a unique member to the State Parks family. Originally designed and opened to the public in 1956 by oil and gas businessman A.J. Hodges Sr., the site&#39;s naturalistic gardens consist of a variety of native and imported foliage. Hodges Gardens State Park is located on Hwy. 171, approximately 15 miles south of Many. More information on the site can be found on Louisiana State Park&#39;s website, www.lastateparks.com. ###

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              • #8
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                <font color="0000ff"><font size="+2">Congratulations to the Many Winners from the New Orleans Boat Show</font></font>
                Those who attended the 2007 New Orleans Boat Show had a chance to register to win one of the many prizes offered by our exhibitors. Here is a list of our winners.


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                Parade of Prizes - Grand Prize – The Grand Prize winner of a Blue Wave Boat, Yamaha Motor, LOADMASTER Trailer from Southern Outdoors was Nancy Tilton of Port Allen, LA. Pictured are Becky Chaney and Barbara Sclafani of the New Orleans Boat Show, Nancy accepting her Blue Wave Boat from Juanita Thibodaux of Southern Outdoors.


                Parade of Prizes - First Prize – The First Prize winner was Crystal La Fontaine of Bay St. Louis, MS. Crystal won the original pastel of &#34;Remember When…&#34; which was depicted on our official New Orleans Boat Show poster. The pastel was created by local artist Glinda Schafer. Sorry no picture of the winner is available.


                Congratulation to all of the other Parade of Prize winners and many thanks to the exhibitors who kindly donated prizes.



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                Poster Sales - At the New Orleans Boat Show, signed and numbered official New Orleans Boat Show posters were sold to benefit the City Park Big Bass Fishing Rodeo. Hurricane Katrina decimated the City Park lagoons and the park is in the process of stabilizing the waters and restocking the lagoons. The New Orleans Boat Show presented a check in the amount of $603.00 to assist in reestablishing the oldest continuously run freshwater fishing contest in the country. Accepting the check is John Hopper, Director of Development for City Park.












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                Buy A Boat and Win Promotion – Allen Ohlmeyer of Kenner, LA purchased a Nautic Star from Aqua Marine of New Orleans while at the show and was entered for a chance to win $5,000.00 cash in this promotion. Allen&#39;s entry was selected at random from all entries and accepted his winnings after he received delivery of his new boat. Pictured are Barbara, Allen Ohlmeyer, Ronnie Sbisa of Aqua Marine of New Orleans and Becky Chaney.




                Congratulations to Allen on his winnings.













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                On Line Shopping Spree – The winner of the pre show on-line $1,000.00 shopping spree was John Walther of Thibodaux, LA. John visited the New Orleans Boat Show web site and registered for the shopping spree. His name was picked at random from all entries to come to the show and shop. John is pictured with Eric Beier of Boat Stuf where he spent his winnings to outfit his new boat.




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                Take Me Fishing Center – &#34;Spend a Day Outdoors with Don Dubuc&#34; - Lorri Johnson of Baton Rouge, LA was the winner of the Take Me Fishing Center Fishing Trip with radio and TV personality Don Dubuc of &#34;Outdoors with Don Dubuc.&#34; Congratulations to Lorri and thanks to Don for this day of fishing fun.



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                The date for the next New Orleans Boat Show will be January 9-13, 2008 and will be held in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This is the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast and promises to have everything for boating, fishing and fun on the water. Be on the lookout for boat show news as the date nears. Keep checking our web site www.neworleansboatshow.com for show information. Updates will be posted as they occur.

                Have a great summer and see you at next year&#39;s show.

                Happy Boating

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                • #9
                  Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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                  Tuesday, May 15, 2007

                  ------------------------------FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE----------------------------------

                  2007 WINNING ENTRIES
                  LOUISIANA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION
                  YOUTH JOURNALISM CONTEST

                  Baton Rouge, Louisiana

                  Each year, the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association &#40;LOWA&#41; sponsors its Youth Journalism Contest to encourage youth literacy, and encourage the wise use of our outdoor resources. The contest is designed to interest students in writing and photography about outdoor subjects such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking--any activity in the outdoor spectrum.

                  The contest is open to all students 18 years of age and younger. This year 248 students submitted 339 entries from across Louisiana and a few from Mississippi.

                  There were 72 entries in Senior Essay &#40;14—18 YOA&#41;, 95 entries in Junior Essay &#40;13 YOA and under&#41;, and 172 entries from 81 students in Photography &#40;18 YOA and under&#41;.

                  The winners of the 2007 contest will be honored at the annual LOWA conference in Shreveport, La. on August 18, 2007. Each category receives the following prizes: 1st Place--$150.00 and a certificate, 2nd Place--$100.00 and a certificate, 3rd Place—$50.00 and a certificate, Honorable Mention—certificate.

                  The winners will learn their ranking in the contest at the awards ceremony. Any student who cannot attend will receive his/her check and/or certificate by mail after the event.

                  The winners &#40;in no ranking order&#41; are as follows:

                  SENIOR ESSAY:

                  Elliot Boudreaux, 15 YOA, Episcopal HS, Baton Rouge
                  Caitlyn Norris, 17 YOA, C.E. Byrd HS, Shreveport
                  Jake Hayden, 16 YOA, Dunham School, Baton Rouge
                  David Henderson, 17 YOA, C.E. Byrd HS, Shreveport




                  LOWA YJC—page 2


                  JUNIOR ESSAY:

                  Luke Leblanc, 10 YOA, Holy Family School, Addis
                  Maria LaGrone, 10 YOA, Home Schooled, Livonia
                  Amanda Wolf, 13 YOA, Home Schooled, Baton Rouge &#40;Winner—2006&#41;
                  Michael Carrigee, 13 YOA, Folsom



                  PHOTOGRAPHY &#40;Judges selected two Honorable Mentions&#41;:

                  Brittany Alane Barbary, 10 YOA, Bains Elementary, St. Francisville
                  Michael Gronowski, 17 YOA, St. Amant High School, St. Amant
                  Gaia Burrage, 12 YOA, Boyet Jr. High, Slidell
                  Robert Gallant, 17 YOA, Airline High School, Bossier City
                  Amy Weaver, 14 YOA, Metairie &#40;Winner—2004, 2005&#41;



                  Gordon Hutchinson, Youth Journalism Contest chairman said: “This was our second largest contest to date, and again the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners. The quality of submissions was high, and showed real skills and creativity in writing and photography. We congratulate all the winners, and encourage everyone to enter again next year. You are all winners in our book when you are promoting the wise use of our outdoor resources and learning to communicate your appreciation of them.”


                  ---END---


                  For further information, contact Gordon Hutchinson, LOWA YJC committee chairman at 225-388-0257 or: ghutchinson@theadvocate.com.

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                  • #10
                    House Bill 919
                    Authors: Alari

                    House Bill 919
                    Authors: Alario and Thompson

                    The law:

                    Proposed law would dedicate 1/20th of 1 percent of state sales and use tax for the purposes of the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ &#40;LDWF&#41; Conservation Fund.


                    Effective date would be July 1, 2008.

                    Estimated return to Conservation Fund: $38 million

                    The need:

                    LDWF supports the state’s commercial and recreational fish and game industries which generate an economic impact of $7 billion annually. Those fish and game industries support over 77,000 jobs and the state receives $284 million in sales and income tax revenues generated by those industries.&#42;

                    Current revenue sources supporting the Conservation Fund include: sales of recreational hunting and fishing licenses, and commercial licenses, royalties on a percentage of the land owned by LDWF and assorted fees collected for boat registrations, survey fees, Wildlife Division program fees &#40;such as DMAP&#41;, seismic fees and sales of merchandise including The Louisiana Conservationist Magazine, posters and other printed materials.

                    Declines in recent years in the sales of hunting and fishing licenses, due primarily to senior outdoorsmen and women aging out of the ranks of licensed hunters and fishermen, has caused a reduction in this source of revenue supporting the Conservation Fund and LDWF’s mission.

                    Corresponding increases in departmental expenses, primarily in staff salaries and benefits, but additionally in equipment and fuel costs, have required increasing demands on the Conservation Fund.

                    For these reasons, and the fact that fish- and game-related commercial businesses and recreational outdoorsmen and women pay state sales tax for expenses related to their business/recreational activity, dedicating a percentage of those tax revenues to LDWF is justified.

                    The infusion of state general funds into the LDWF budget would provide the agency the ability to more thoroughly fulfill its mission relative to habitat management &#40;including biological research, aquatic weed control and enforcement of regulations&#41;.

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                    &#42; Economic impact data within this factsheet is based on 2003 data.

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                    • #11
                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact

                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
                      &#62; May 16, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652
                      &#62;
                      Attention Kids!
                      &#62; Fairview-Riverside State Park to host a
                      &#62; Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby on June 23rd
                      &#62;
                      &#62; MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby for children on Saturday, June 23rd from 8 a.m. until noon. Bait will be provided, but participating children need to bring their own rod and reel. Special events to be included in conjunction with the derby are the Zebco Kids Casting Carnival and the Kids Fishing Team Scholarship &amp; Ambassador Program. A Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries educator will be onsite at the official &#34;weigh &amp; measure&#34; station and at the end of the derby prizes will be awarded for several categories.
                      &#62; The Zebco Kids Casting Carnival is the largest casting event for kids in the country. The program is designed as a casting skill practice and every kid that participates has the chance to enter a national drawing for a $500 U.S. savings bond or one of 15 Zebco 33 Platinum rod and reel combos. The day of the event a rod &amp; reel prize will be awarded in 2 age categories for the participants in the casting competition.
                      &#62; The fishing derby is free with park admission of $1 per person, ages 3 and under or 62&#43; are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the derby or for more information, call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.

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                      • #12
                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact

                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
                        May 24, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652

                        Traditional Independence Day Celebration at Fairview-Riverside State Park June 30th

                        MADISONVILLE - A Traditional Independence Day celebration with games to be hosted by Fairview-Riverside State Park June 30th from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. Pack a picnic lunch and bring the family for a day of old-fashioned fun starting with the watermelon seed-spitting contest at 12:30, followed by sack racing at 1 p.m., a water balloon toss at 1:30 and a Hoola Hoop contest at 2. All contests will be divided into appropriate age categories. Sample homemade ice cream on the porch of Otis House Museum in between contests!
                        The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, age 3 and under or 62&#43; are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.
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                        • #13
                          House Bill 919
                          Authors: Alari

                          House Bill 919
                          Authors: Alario and Thompson

                          The law:

                          Proposed law would dedicate 1/20th of 1 percent of state sales and use tax for the purposes of the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ &#40;LDWF&#41; Conservation Fund.

                          Effective date would be July 1, 2008.

                          Estimated return to Conservation Fund: $43 million &#40;year 1&#41;

                          The need:

                          LDWF supports the state’s commercial and recreational fish and game industries which generate an economic impact of $7 billion annually. Those fish and game industries support over 77,000 jobs and the state receives $284 million in sales and income tax revenues generated by those industries.&#42;

                          Current revenue sources supporting the Conservation Fund include: sales of recreational hunting and fishing licenses, and commercial licenses, royalties on a percentage of the land owned by LDWF and assorted fees collected for boat registrations, survey fees, Wildlife Division program fees &#40;such as DMAP&#41;, seismic fees and sales of merchandise including The Louisiana Conservationist Magazine, posters and other printed materials.

                          Declines in recent years in the sales of hunting and fishing licenses, due primarily to senior outdoorsmen and women aging out of the ranks of licensed hunters and fishermen, has caused a reduction in this source of revenue supporting the Conservation Fund and LDWF’s mission.

                          Corresponding increases in departmental expenses, primarily in staff salaries and benefits, but additionally in equipment and fuel costs, have required increasing demands on the Conservation Fund.

                          For these reasons, and the fact that fish- and game-related commercial businesses and recreational outdoorsmen and women pay state sales tax for expenses related to their business/recreational activity, dedicating a percentage of those tax revenues to LDWF is justified.

                          The infusion of state general funds into the LDWF budget would provide the agency the ability to more thoroughly fulfill its mission relative to habitat management &#40;including biological research, aquatic weed control and enforcement of regulations&#41; and to more sufficiently address non-game species needs, scenic rivers and wildlife educational outreach efforts.

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                          &#42; Economic impact data within this factsheet is based on 2003 data.

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                          • #14
                            Levee.Org
                            June 11, 2007



                            Levee.Org
                            June 11, 2007




                            A report just released by the American Society of Civil Engineers says the primary cause of the New Orleans disaster was flawed design of its flood protection structures.




                            It was bad design - pure and simple.




                            But here&#39;s the catch: The 84-page report sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers never mentions that the Army Corps itself is, by federal law, the agency responsible for designing the flood protection.




                            The role of the Corps in flood protection design is law by Congressional mandate since 1965, is not disputed, and you can read it yourself on Page 2 of the Corps&#39; testimony before the Government Accountability Office.




                            This shows we need an unbiased analysis of the federal flood protection failures on August 29, 2005. We need an independent, congressionally ordered study with experts who don&#39;t work for the Corps and aren&#39;t paid by the Corps.




                            Click here to demand the 8/29 Commission.






                            Senator Mary Landrieu D-La and Senator David Vitter R-La are working together to pass the 8/29 Commission legislation this summer &#40;in conferencing for the Water Resources Development Act&#41;. Show them you are serious about finding out why metro New Orleans had such inadequate protection.

                            Click here to write to your members of Congress and demand
                            the truth!




                            The State of Louisiana is united on this! Last week, the Louisiana Legislature unanimously passed a concurrent resolution requesting Congress to authorize the 8/29 Commission.



                            Legislative Director, Vince Pasquantonio and I will be guests on Garland Robinette&#39;s radio show WWL, FM105.3 Monday June 11th at 2:10pm. We&#39;ll be discussing Levees.Org&#39;s upcoming campaigns. Please tune in.




                            Sandy Rosenthal
                            Founder and Executive Director
                            Levees.Org
                            www.levees.org

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                            • #15
                              NATURE PROGRAMS SET FOR August 11

                              NEWS RELEASE
                              Office of State Parks

                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2007
                              Contact: Rita McMurray (985) 624-4442


                              NATURE PROGRAMS SET FOR August 11
                              AT FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK

                              MANDEVILLE -- People of all ages are invited to attend a special wildlife program dedicated to endangered species on Saturday, August 11, at Fontainebleau State Park.
                              A guided nature trail hike will commence at 10 a.m., with the site naturalist leading participants through the park's forest and explaining various flora and fauna encountered along the way. The hike will last approximately one hour and participants should bring their own drinking water and wear comfortable shoes. Beginning at 1 p.m., the ZooMobile will present a special program on the threatened and endangered wildlife of Louisiana. Several live examples, including a gopher tortoise, a southern pine snake, an alligator and an alligator snapping turtle will be on hand throughout the program. A naturalist will discuss why and how animals become endangered and what people can do to help. "Louisiana is home to a variety of wildlife species," said Rita McMurray, interpretive ranger. "We must respect and protect their habitats." Fontainebleau State Park is located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. In addition to birdwatching, the park offers visitors camping, hiking and picnicking opportunities. The park entrance is located southeast of Mandeville on US 190. Day-use visitors can attend all park programs for the standard admission charge of $1 per person.
                              For more information call 1-888-677-3668 toll free or 624-4442 in the Mandeville area.
                              ###


                              Rita McMurray
                              Interpretive Ranger 2
                              Fontainebleau State Park
                              62883 Hwy 1089
                              Mandeville, LA 70448-7304

                              Phone (985) 624-4442
                              Fax (985) 624-4444
                              fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us
                              Saltwater Fishing Articles & More by Outdoor Writer Jerry LaBella
                              http://www.jerrylabella.com/forums
                              http://jerrylabella.com

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                              • #16
                                Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo

                                Dates and Deadlines:
                                The International Grand Isle Rodeo is held during the last weekend in July that includes the Sunday. The deadline for registration is TBA. Please fill out the registration form below and mail to:

                                P.O. Box 23774 Jefferson, LA 70183 or fax to (504)736-6638 by the dealine above.

                                Parking:
                                There will be limited parking at the Rodeo tent area and a shuttle service will be provided from the Grand Isle community Center to the tent starting at 5:00 pm until closing every day of the rodeo activities. The shuttle will run on a as needed bases approx. every 30 minutes.

                                Rules:
                                Please read our official rodeo rules before completing your registration form.

                                Outlets:
                                Click here for a list of Rodeo Information Outlets.

                                Registration Formdeadline TBD)
                                Application Form requires

                                Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries:
                                Official State "Saltwater Recreational Finfishing" Regulations
                                Louisiana Fishing License Information
                                Louisiana State Fishing Records Information
                                More info here: http://www.tarponrodeo.org/index.htm
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                                  Sportsmen's Federation Joins USSA to Protect Sporting Dog Interests

                                  PA Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs gets on board

                                  July 27, 2007 (Pennsylvania)

                                  Pennsylvania’s largest sportsmen’s organization has joined the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance in its campaign to strike down proposed regulations that would make it impossible to keep hunting dogs in the state.

                                  The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs (PFSC) has joined the fight by sending a letter to Dennis Wolff, Secretary of Agriculture, asking that the dog care proposal be scrapped. Together, the USSA and the PFSC have sent a joint mailing encouraging Federation members to get involved and compel the governor to withdraw the regulation.

                                  The regulations, which were drafted in December 2006, came as a result of public outcry over large, abusive commercial breeding operations. The proposal will impact sportsmen who breed and raise hunting dogs, as well. It will impose expensive animal housing upgrades, mandatory daily exercise, and the keeping of daily sanitation and cleaning records. State regulators could not find a single existing kennel that would be in compliance with the proposal.

                                  “The success of our mission to take down these regulations will be greatly aided by the powerful combination,” said Rob Sexton, USSA vice president for government affairs. “We will protect sportsmen’s rights by disabling the utterly ridiculous regulations that have been proposed.”

                                  On July 11, more than 200 Pennsylvania sportsmen attended a Dog Law Advisory Board hearing at the Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern. The meeting was advertised as an opportunity to focus on sportsmen’s concerns about the proposal. Several sportsmen’s rights advocates, including USSA Associate Director for Government Affairs Evan Heusinkveld, were silenced while trying to express their thoughts.

                                  “This proposal will devastate hunting dog kennels and hobby breeders,” said Melody Zullinger, PFSC executive director. “Hunting with dogs is an important segment of Pennsylvania’s sporting community. We’re proud to be allied with the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and we are very confident that together, we will prevail in the protection of sportsmen’s rights.”

                                  The Federation, representing 318 sportsmen’s clubs and over 100,000 sportsmen and conservationists across the commonwealth, wrote comments criticizing the regulations in March, and its leadership has become increasingly concerned that the voices of sportsmen are being ignored.

                                  The USSA Sporting Dog Defense Coalition has also joined forces with other opponents of the proposed PA dog regulations:

                                  American Beagler Magazine
                                  American Brittany Club, Inc.
                                  American Cooner Magazine
                                  American Field Magazine
                                  American Plott Association
                                  Better Beagling Magazine
                                  Cabela’s, Inc.
                                  Full Cry Magazine
                                  Hounds and Hunting Magazine
                                  Hunter’s Horn Magazine
                                  German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America, Inc.
                                  Jack Russell Terrier Clubs of America, Inc.
                                  Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America
                                  National Cur & Feist Breeders Association
                                  National Hunting Beagle Association
                                  Ruffed Grouse Society
                                  The Rabbit Hunter Magazine
                                  United Kennel Club, Inc.
                                  Ardrossan Beagles, Inc.
                                  Carlisle Beagle Club
                                  Pennsylvania Beagle Gundog Association
                                  Towanda Beagle Club
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                                    Call To Action


                                    July 30, 2007

                                    Dear Louisiana Members,


                                    Within days, Congress will decide whether to approve the 8/29 Commission Investigation.


                                    Due to politics, the success of its passage rests with Louisiana Congressman Richard Baker R-LA.




                                    Please ask everyone you know in the Baton Rouge area to contact Congressman Baker and demand the 8/29 Investigation!




                                    It's simple! Just forward them the link below, and ask them to "click it!"




                                    LINK TO CONGRESSMAN DEMANDING THE 8/29 INVESTIGATION







                                    This link will automatically send a fax to Congressman Richard Baker (but it works only for citizens in his district).




                                    Please forward the link! Please ask them to "click it" by 4pm July 30.



                                    This is very important! Please forward the link below to everyone you know who lives in Baton Rouge! They are the ones who can make it happen!




                                    We deserve a truly independent examination of the levee and flood protection failures in Greater New Orleans. What happened here must never be allowed to happen again. Anywhere.




                                    LINK TO CONGRESSMAN DEMANDING 8/29 INVESTIGATION

                                    http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?...1007&SiteID=-1
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                                      Youth Journalism Contest

                                      ------------------------------FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE------------------------------
                                      Baton Rouge, Louisiana

                                      2007 WINNING ENTRIES
                                      LOUISIANA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION
                                      YOUTH JOURNALISM CONTEST


                                      Each year, the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) sponsors its Youth Journalism Contest to encourage youth literacy and encourage the wise use of our outdoor resources. The contest is designed to interest students in writing and photography about outdoor subjects such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or any activity in the outdoor spectrum.

                                      The contest is open to all students 18 years of age and younger. This year 248 students submitted 339 entries from across Louisiana and a few from Mississippi.

                                      There were 72 entries in Senior Essay (14—18 YOA), 95 entries in Junior Essay (13 YOA and under), and 172 entries from 81 students in Photography (18 YOA and under).

                                      The winners of the 2007 contest were honored at the annual LOWA conference in Shreveport, La. on Saturday night, August 18, 2007. Each category receives the following prizes: 1st Place--$150.00 and a certificate; 2nd Place--$100.00 and a certificate; 3rd Place—$50.00 and a certificate; Honorable Mention(4th Place)—certificate only.

                                      The winners learned their ranking in the contest at the awards ceremony. Any student who was unable to attend will receive his/her check and/or certificate by mail after the event.

                                      Gordon Hutchinson, Youth Journalism Contest chairman said: “This was our second largest contest to date, and again the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners. The quality of submissions was high, and showed real skills and creativity in writing and photography. We congratulate all the winners, and encourage everyone to enter again next year. You are all winners in our book when you are promoting the wise use of our outdoor resources and learning to communicate your appreciation of them.”


                                      ---END---


                                      For further information, contact Gordon Hutchinson, LOWA YJC committee chairman at 225-388-0257 or: ghutchinson@theadvocate.com.


                                      LOWA Page 2


                                      2007 LOUISIANA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION
                                      YOUTH JOURNALISM CONTEST
                                      WINNING PHOTOS AND ESSAYS

                                      SENIOR ESSAY (14-18 YOA)

                                      1st Place
                                      David Henderson 17 YOA
                                      “Philmont, New Mexico”
                                      C.E. Byrd High School
                                      475 Railsback Road
                                      Shreveport, La. 71106
                                      318-798-2644

                                      2nd Place
                                      Jake Hayden 16 YOA
                                      “One Glass of Nature, Please”
                                      The Dunham School
                                      12739 Oak Hills
                                      Baton Rouge, La. 70810
                                      225-767-0257

                                      3rd Place
                                      Caitlin Norris 17 YOA
                                      “My Favorite Place”
                                      C.E. Byrd High School
                                      10743 St. Charles Place
                                      Keithville, La. 71047
                                      318-925-0125

                                      Honorable Mention
                                      Elliott Boudreaux 15 YOA
                                      “My Redfish Spot”
                                      Episcopal High School
                                      1975 Steele Blvd.
                                      Baton Rouge, La. 70808
                                      225-3893-7440







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                                      PHOTO WINNERS (18 YOA and Under)

                                      1st Place
                                      Brittany Alane Barbay 10 YOA
                                      “Acadian Home in Black and White”
                                      Bains Elementary
                                      P.O. Box 2583
                                      St. Francisville, La. 70725
                                      225-635-6251


                                      2nd Place
                                      Michael Gronowski 17 YOA
                                      “The Shoreline”
                                      St. Amant High School
                                      45551 N. Hwy. 936
                                      St. Amant, La. 70774
                                      225-675-5051

                                      3rd Place
                                      Gaia Burrage 12 YOA
                                      “Trees Shrouded in Fog”
                                      Boyet Jr. High
                                      78 Live Oak Drive
                                      Slidell, La. 70461
                                      985-781-9640

                                      Honorable Mention
                                      Robert Gallant 17 YOA
                                      “Sunset Lake”
                                      Airline High School
                                      306 Hunters Hollow
                                      Bossier City, La. 71111
                                      318-747-3487

                                      Honorable Mention
                                      Amy Weaver 14 YOA
                                      “Black Labrador”
                                      Monteleone Junior High School
                                      608 Poplar Street
                                      Metairie, La. 70005
                                      504-834-6212

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                                      JUNIOR ESSAY WINNERS (13 YOA and Under)

                                      1st Place
                                      Amanda Wolff 13 YOA (Repeat winner in 2006)
                                      “The Hunt”
                                      Home Schooled
                                      10121 S. Tiger Bend Road
                                      Baton Rouge, La. 70817
                                      225-755-0670

                                      2nd Place
                                      Michael Carrigee 13 YOA
                                      “Hunting the Dark Continent”
                                      Home School
                                      79019 Boudreaux Road
                                      Folsom, La. 70437
                                      985-796-5579

                                      3rd Place
                                      Maria LaGrone 10 YOA
                                      “The Day I Will Never Forget”
                                      Home Schooled
                                      4971 Mosher Road
                                      Livonia, La. 70755
                                      225-718-6786

                                      Honorable Mention
                                      Luke LeBlanc 10 YOA
                                      “My First Deer”
                                      Holy Family School
                                      3331 Younger Drive
                                      Addis, La. 70710
                                      225-749-3107
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                                        NATURE PROGRAMS SET FOR September 8

                                        NEWS RELEASE
                                        Office of State Parks

                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2007
                                        Contact: Rita McMurray (985) 624-4442

                                        NATURE PROGRAMS SET FOR September 8
                                        AT FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK

                                        MANDEVILLE -- People of all ages are invited to attend a special wildlife program dedicated to endangered species on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Fontainebleau State Park.
                                        "Can I Eat That?" -- Participants will take a guided nature trail walk along the nature trail to identify and learn about edible plants. The program will commence at 10 a.m., with the site naturalist leading participants through the park's forest and explaining various flora and fauna encountered along the way. The hike will last approximately one hour and participants should bring their own drinking water and wear comfortable shoes.
                                        Beginning at 1 p.m., the ZooMobile will present a special program on reptiles. Visitors can get close to several reptiles, while learning about their habitats and survival skills. Several live examples, including a snakes, lizards, and tortoises will be on hand throughout the program. A naturalist will discuss why and how animals become endangered and what people can do to help.
                                        "Louisiana is home to a variety of wildlife species," said Rita McMurray, interpretive ranger. "We must respect and protect their habitats."
                                        Fontainebleau State Park is located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. In addition to birdwatching, the park offers visitors camping, hiking and picnicking opportunities.
                                        The park entrance is located southeast of Mandeville on US 190. Day-use visitors can attend all park programs for the standard admission charge of $1 per person.
                                        For more information call 1-888-677-3668 toll free or 624-4442 in the Mandeville area.
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                                        Rita McMurray
                                        Interpretive Ranger 2
                                        Fontainebleau State Park
                                        62883 Hwy 1089
                                        Mandeville, LA 70448-7304

                                        Phone (985) 624-4442
                                        Fax (985) 624-4444
                                        fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us
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