Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

LDWF Issues RFP to Begin Process for Allocation of Waterfowl Breeding Grounds Habitat Funds

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April 09, 2018

BATON ROUGE: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) issued a request for proposals (RFP) for breeding waterfowl habitat work through the next three years.

Since 1965, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has provided funding to support conservation of breeding-grounds habitat for migratory waterfowl and by statute allocates a portion of annual hunting license revenue for that purpose. Specifically, R.S. 56:104(A)(1)(b) states:

“An amount equal to ten percent of the fees collected from the sale of hunting licenses shall be dedicated by the commission to the development and preservation of breeding grounds for migratory waterfowl, the funds to be expended for such purposes through Ducks Unlimited, Inc. or under the direction of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its discretion ...”

In the last eight years, an average of $319,465 annually has been awarded in two-year or three-year contracts for the protection, restoration and enhancement of breeding waterfowl habitat. The current contract expires on June 30, 2018. LDWF is soliciting three-year proposals for use of all or a portion of that funding during the July 2018 through June 2021 period. Multiple contracts for partial amounts of the available funding have been awarded in the past at the discretion of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC).

The RFP process requires that proposals be submitted by May 25. Proposals may be submitted to the LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager via regular mail, fax, or e-mail at:

Larry Reynolds, Waterfowl Program Manager
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Office phone: 225-765-0456
Fax: 225-763-5456
E-mail: Lreynolds@wlf.la.gov

The top qualifying proposals, as determined by an initial review by the LDWF Waterfowl Section staff, will be presented to the LWFC at their monthly meeting on June 7, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Louisiana Room on the first floor of the LDWF Headquarters Building. No more than five prospective grantees will be given 15 minutes to present proposals to the LWFC. The Waterfowl Program Manager will inform prospective grantees about the need for a presentation no later than May 29. A summary of the Waterfowl Section staff’s proposal evaluations will be prepared and presented to the LWFC at their meeting on July 3.

Following presentation of the Waterfowl Section’s evaluation, LWFC will make public selection of proposals for funding and the amount awarded.

To view the 2018 RFP, past proposals, and reports, go to:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/breeding-waterfowl-habitat

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or Lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

Original Press Release http://www.wlf.louisiana. gov/news/41955

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