Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Create an Accountlast updated: November 2013Contact Louisiana Department of Natural ResourcesTo request additions or corrections to this entry email the AdministratorRelated Success Stories for Louisiana Department of Natural ResourcesACE Basin ProjectThe ACE Basin Project is widely recognized as one of the most successful public/private partnerships in ecosystem based conservation.Action Teams for the EnvironmentThe Action Team Project assists college students in developing an awareness of environmental issues. Students build the skills necessary to take action on environmental/conservation issues.Aquatic Nuisance Species Dispersal Barrier ProjectImplemented electric barrier in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal to deter the inter-basin transfer of invasive fish between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.Baraboo River Cooperative RestorationPartners worked together to remove four aged, unsafe, and uneconomical dams that blocked fish movement, damaged water quality, and endangered river users on the 128 mile Baraboo River mainstem. Bete Grise PreservePartners raised funds and applied for grants to buy Bete Grise, a high quality dune swale wetland system. In 2004, two grants were awarded totaling $1,450,000 for 1104 acres.Callaway ConservationThe Ida Cason Callaway Foundation protected 2,507 acres of forest. Forest restoration, education and recreation activities continue under the terms of the conservation easement.Calumet InitiativeA coalition working to revitalize both the Rustbelt economy and the significant ecological riches of Calumet.Chicago WildernessAn unprecedented partnership of 182 public and private organizations working to protect, restore and manage the biological diversity of the Chicago region. Chouteau Island ImplementationThe Chouteau Island Implementation effort will convert a 5,500 acre island-complex, outside of St. Louis, Mo., into a passive recreational complex with extensive floodplain habitat restoration.Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (“Breaux Act”)The goal of the Breaux Act partnership is to design, build, maintain and monitor sustainable projects that create, protect, and restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Confluence: A Conservation, Heritage & Recreation CorridorReconnecting people to region’s Great Rivers through a system of multi-use trails, recreation facilities, historic sites, visitor education centers, public art & interpretation.Conserving Maryland’s Threatened Bog TurtleThe Partnership is working with private farmers and landowners to help recover the threatened bog turtle.Critters Pocket Guide SeriesCritters field guides have been distributed to over 232,000 students in 10 states nationwide through interactive field and classroom programs.Cusick Wetland RestorationThe Partnership restored a wetland, created a wetland educational site, and established a park.Dakota County Minnesota Farmland and Natural Areas ProgramThis voluntary program seeks to protect 5,000-10,000 acres of priority Dakota County farmlands and natural areas over the next 10 years.Defense Mapping Agency Center/National Imagery and Mapping Agency Formerly used Defense site is being restored for economic development and conservation of significant wetland areas.Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Project, Delaware & New JerseyPlanting of 110,000 bushels of shell that provide suitable substrate for development of juvenile oysters, resulting in both environmental & economic benefits to the Delaware Bay on a regional level.Ditch ProjectA collaboration between academic, state, and federal institutions to better understand and manage nutrient losses from agricultural drainage ditches.Front Range Fuels Treatment PartnershipThe Front Range Fuels Treatment Partnership is a dynamic partnership of federal, state and local governments, land-management agencies, private landowners, conservation organizations and others.Help Us Stop the Spread of Aquatic Nuisance SpeciesA cooperative effort between Federal, provincial, state, regional, and local agencies and many other stakeholders to prevent the westward spread aquatic nuisance species in North America.Henry Mountain Bison HerdSportsmen and ranchers negotiate win-win solutions to maintain livestock grazing and ensure quality bison hunts in the Utah Henry Mountains. Illinois River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) The Illinois River Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) helps farmers improve water quality in the Illinois River and restore bottomland habitat through conservation easements.Indiana Master Naturalist ProgramBrings together specialists with adult learners to foster an understanding of Indiana's natural resources and promote volunteer service and conservation in local communities.Iowa Buffer TeamA unique group of public and private partners joined forces to promote the establishment of buffers on agricultural lands.Karner Blue Butterfly Habitat Conservation PlanHCP encourages voluntary creation and management of endangered Karner blue butterfly habitat on private lands through incentives and support.Kaskaskia Watershed Association, Inc.Federal, State and local partners joined together to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for restoration and management of the Kaskaskia River watershed.Lake Decatur Watershed Community Based PartnershipThis farmer-urban community based watershed partnership, formed in 1943, promotes reducing nitrate and sediment loads from agricultural lands.Land O’ Lakes Ravine RestorationPartnership stabilized ravine leading to the Mississippi River that was causing sediment deposition and extreme disturbance to high quality plant communities.Leopold Memorial ReserveCoordination among private landowners stopped land fragmentation, initiated habitat monitoring, and improved management which produced significant ecological research and educational opportunities.Longleaf Pine and Oak Planting ProjectsPartnership involves expansion of a longleaf pine woodland in an urban area and reforestation of a former bottomland hardwood forest.Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration StudyThe plan would make significant progress towards achieving and sustaining a coastal ecosystem that can support and protect the environment, economy and culture of southern Louisiana and the Nation.
Louisiana Coastal Area Land Change Study GroupMulti-year, multi-agency coastal restoration and rehabilitation project responding to loss of 1,900 square miles of coastal land and marsh during the 20th century. Managing Flooding in Metropolitan MilwaukeeThe Conservation Fund partnered with the Milwaukee Sewerage District is implementing flood management programs that protect wetlands and wildlife habitat.Martell Rush River ProtectionDiverse partners collaborate to protect shoreline, and provide public access to the Rush River.Measuring Conservation Practices A GIS-based model was developed to determine the effects of best management practices for agricultural lands on erosion and sedimentation rates.Michigan Conservation Stewards ProgramThis program delivers high quality, locally based education to create an informed citizenry who will practice community-based volunteer conservation management activities.Michigan's Copper Country Cooperative PartnershipIn 1998, NRCS contracted with the EPA to remediate about 800 acres of exposed stamp sand areas to prevent erosion into Torch Lake. Middle Mississippi River Wetland RestorationSince the Great Flood of 1993 American Land Conservancy has been helping restore bottomland hardwood habitat, sidechannels and wetlands from St. Louis to Cairo, IL. Midwest Invasive Plant NetworkAddressing the threats of non-native invasive plants to the Midwest by providing leadership, facilitating information development and exchange, and coordinating regional efforts.Missouri SWCD/NRCS PartnershipMissouri NRCS' partnership with local soil and water conservation districts is tops in reducing soil erosion and protecting water quality.Missouri Watershed Research Assessment-Stewardship ProjectMGCA and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council initiated WRASP to help corn farmers be better environmental stewards of the land, water and natural resources.Montana Water TrustMWT develops water transfer agreements with farmers, ranchers, and other landowners that increase flows and benefit native fish in Montana’s 4,000 miles of dewatered streams.NRCS, State, Private, Tribal PartnershipPublic-Private-NGO: to Restore Salmon Habitat in the Blue Mountains of the Pacific NorthwestOhio CELPThe Trust for Public Land is working on two projects along the lakefront of Lake Erie in Ohio: East Sandusky Bay and Mentor Marsh.Ohio Scioto River Basin Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program The Ohio Scioto River Basin CREP helps cost-share the creation of conservation buffers and wetlands on private farms to improve water quality.Old Inlet Terrapin Habitat Enhancement ProjectThe goal of the Old Inlet Terrapin Habitat Enhancement Project is to restore nesting habitat for the Northern Diamond-backed Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin).Perenosa Bay, Afognak IslandCoastal rainforest and salmon rivers are being conserved for Alaska Department of Natural Resources in an area identified as the top habitat for Exxon Valdez oil spill injured fish and wildlife.Protecting Fish Habitat in SCA powerful coalition of private citizens and federal, state, and local agencies, is restoring South Carolina's rare trout waters.Puget Sound and Adjacent Waters Restoration Program Puget Sound and Adjacent Waters Restoration Program provides assistance to agencies to restore the tributaries, waters, and shorelines of Puget Sound.Restoration at Kankakee SandsRestoration of both hydrology and native plants on fragments of farmland will add to a mosaic of stream, wetland, prairie and savanna.Restoring Shaded Coffee Plantations in Puerto RicoProject provides incentives and assistance to coffee growers to return “sun” coffee plantations to shade, improving environment and wildlife habitat. Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute at Northland CollegeIn the spirit of Sigurd F. Olson, we facilitate solutions to environmental problems through education, research and citizen involvement. Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat InitiativeThe Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Initiative is a cooperative conservation program to allow willing landowners to sell inholdings along salmon rivers for conservation and public access purposes.St. Clair Shores Waterfront Advisory CommitteeOur goals are directed towards promoting better water quality, a cleaner Lake St. Clair and greater public awareness concerning our waterfront stewardship.Stewardship NetworkBy creating grassroots conservation communities, the Network increases capacity to care for natural lands and waters so that the sum of natural areas protection is greater than its parts.Swamplovers PartnershipA 500 acre block of land in the Black Earth Creek watershed of rapidly developing Dane County has been protected along the Ice Age Trail.White Mountain Apache TribeThe White Mountain Apache Tribe has created innovative strategies for balancing economic development and resource conservation.Wildlife Forever – Minnesota Twins Bass Fishing ClassicThe Wildlife Forever - Minnesota Twins Bass Fishing Classic raises funds for natural resource conservation and youth education projects while promoting the conservation of Twin Cities Metro lakes.Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art ContestThe State-Fish Art Contest has educated thousands of students nationwide about America’s fisheries, helping to creating knowledgeable future leaders of cooperative conservation efforts.Winyah Bay Focus AreaBroad-based coalition is conserving South Carolina’s coastal Winyah Bay watershed by land acquisitions, conservation easements, and wetland restoration.