Program Authorization: Const. Art. IX, Sec. 7; R.S. 56:1, et seq.; 36:601, et seq.
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 provide Louisiana citizenry with information to help them be safe, knowledgeable, responsible and involved in the wise and prudent use and management of Louisiana's renewable wildlife and fisheries resources. To accomplish this, the program uses all forms of media and coordinates educational activities with agencies. The goal of this program is to inform Louisiana citizenry of Louisiana's unique fish and wildlife resources and the habitats that support them. This program has one activity, Education.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Information and Education Program will increase Louisiana Conservationist Magazine readership by 1% in fiscal year 1998-'99, without an increase in subscription fees during FY 1998-'99.
2. This program will disseminate information via numerous and diverse media outlets to inform the public about resource management on a continuing basis during FY 1998-'99.
3. In FY 1998-'99, the Information and Education Program will educate, on an ongoing basis, all those required by law to take hunter education, in order to keep the hunter accident rate below the 8.25 accidents/100,000 hunters, the average which prevailed in the five years prior to the legal requirement for hunter education.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Information and Education Program will offer ongoing educational instruction of regional conservation issues and concepts to approximately 15,000 students, teachers, and citizens.
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
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 94.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 97.1% of the total request ($2,259,979) for this program. The same levels of service should be provided at the recommended level of funding.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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