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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 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

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$2,261,343

34

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$26,193

0

 

Carryforward for uniform patches, etc., not received timely

$0

$43,950

0

 

Approved BA-7 for Wildlife Camps

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$2,331,486

34

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($26,193)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carryforward for uniform patches and other miscellaneous expenses

$0

($57,800)

0

 

Non-Recurring Adjustment (Nonrecurring -$151,100; Replacement +$93,300)

$0

$31,884

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$7,277

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

($35,308)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($5,278)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

($43,501)

(1)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

$0

($800)

0

 

Reduction(s) in various Expenditure Categories; Including reductions to fully fund salaries

$0

($30,000)

0

 

Completed portion of Clean Vessel Act

$0

$22,000

0

 

Contract for completion and distribution of fishing information about Louisiana and funding for Wildlife Camps

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$2,193,767

33

 

GRAND TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($137,719)

(1)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDATION AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

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.

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

$150,000

 

Construction of Waddil Facility including the firing range

$29,960

 

Hunter and Aquatic Education workshops held statewide

$317,768

 

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

 

 

 

$497,728

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$34,000

 

Replacement vehicles, 1 pickup, and 2 extended cab pickups

$5,000

 

Replacement of various rifles to be used to conduct mandatory shooting in hunter education

$1,800

 

Replacement of a Table Top Display used for the educational programs

$12,000

 

Replica mounts of common Fresh and Saltwater Fish to be used in teaching Fish Identification at education programs

$11,000

 

Replacement of various obsolete computer and associated educational assistance equipment

$20,000

 

Repairs to various Education Centers statewide

$9,500

 

Repairs to various Program equipment, i.e., vehicles, audio and visual aids, etc.

 

 

 

$93,300

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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