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Program C: Information and Education

Program Authorization: Const. Art. IX, Sec. 7; R.S. 56:1, et seq.; 36:601, et seq.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Among the states, Louisiana is blessed with unparalleled wildlife resources. Unfortunately, the state also has high rates of fish and wildlife violations, and outdoor accident rates. The mission of the Education program is to inform and educate the public about our wildlife resources and their habitats in order that they become more knowledgeable more responsible stewards and better able to enjoy the benefits of the resource, and to promote sustainable resource populations for the present and future. The goals of the program are: 1) Increased public awareness, participation and appreciation of wildlife and aquatic resources and of the function of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the management of those resources and 2) To promote a safer hunting environment. This program has one activity, Education.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. The Statutory Dedications are derived from fees, mineral royalties, licenses, etc. These revenues are deposited into the Statutory Dedication, Conservation Fund and are used for the various activities within this Program such as Administration, Information, Wildlife, Environmental and Conservation Education (Per R.S.39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each Statutory Dedicated fund). Federal Funds are provided from Hunter Education, and Aquatic Education federal allocations, and are used for Hunter and Aquatic Education Activities within this Program.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$2,193,767

33

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$3,749

0

 

Carry forward for Tripod for beta-cam camera

$0

$208,799

0

 

Carry forward for aquatic education program ($9,000); construction of an assembly center at Waddill Refuge ($199,799).

$0

$36,000

0

 

Cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a study relative to evaluation of aquatic resources education programs in the Southeastern U.S.

$0

$100,000

0

 

Purchase and resale of items with the subsequent proceeds deposited into the Conservation Fund to be used to support the LA Conservationist Magazine.

$0

$76,065

1

 

Receipt of the Waddill Urban Wildlife Refuge from the Office of Wildlife.

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$2,618,380

34

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$20,266

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 - 1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$0

$20,671

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 - 2000

$0

$109,150

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($98,550)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($3,749)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carry forward for Tripod for beta-cam camera

$0

($208,799)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carry forward for aquatic education program ($9,000); construction of an assembly center at Waddill Refuge ($199,799).

$0

$64,857

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($4,948)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

$0

($74,112)

(2)

 

Personnel Reduction

$0

($156,000)

0

 

Non-recurring Hunter Education contract

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$2,287,166

32

 

GRAND TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($331,214)

(2)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDATION AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 87.4% of the existing operating budget. It represents 102.6% of the total request ($2,229,041) for this program. Adjustment in this program include: non-recurring carry-forward adjustment for the Construction of an Assembly Center at Waddill Refuge $199,799; non-recurring adjustment for Hunter Education -$156,000; and the reduction of 2 unnecessary positions.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$5,000

 

Contracts for construction and design of various firing ranges

$7,718

 

Contract with LSU to assist with various marsh maneuvers

$9,000

 

Contract to prepare and distribute information at fishing clinics statewide

 

 

 

$21,718

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$46,000

 

Hunter and Aquatic Education workshops held statewide

$13,980

 

Hands on Outdoor Training (HOOT Camp)

$417,748

 

Conservation Magazine (combined with the information and Education Program beginning in Fiscal Year 1998-1999)

 

 

 

$477,728

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$47,500

 

Replacement vehicles, 1 pickup, enclosed trailer, and 2 extended cab pickups

$24,650

 

Replacement of furniture at various Education Centers statewide

$37,000

 

Repairs to various Education Centers statewide

 

 

 

$109,150

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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