The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Technical Services Section will present Wetland Management Workshops in May and June at three locations throughout Louisiana’s Mississippi Alluvial Valley Region.  The target audience for these events will be landowners managing shallow water impoundments for waterfowl and wetland birds.

The Thursday evening workshops are scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the following locations:

May 30 — Poverty Point Reservoir Visitor Center

1500 Poverty Point Parkway, Delhi, La.

June 13 — Concordia Parish Sherriff’s Office Community Room

26356 Hwy. 15, Ferriday, La.

June 27 — Avoyelles Parish School Board Meeting Room

221 Tunica Drive West, Marksville, La.

Each workshop will cover fundamentals associated with management of wetland impoundments for waterfowl and wetland birds. Topics will include timing of drawdowns, beneficial and invasive plant species, maintenance practices and a brief discussion on timber management in bottomland hardwood reforestation projects. Speakers will include LDWF technical services biologists, waterfowl and forestry program staff, and representatives from the USDA-NRCS. Experienced wetland managers will be on hand to discuss your particular situation.

Over the last 20 years, thousands of acres of wetland impoundments have been constructed, both independently and with the assistance of government cost share programs.  Some landowners are finding that, without management, these wetland units do not remain productive over extended periods of time.  There are certain management practices that must be utilized to maximize use by wetland birds.  Landowners managing Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) properties should find this opportunity particularly beneficial.

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