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Program A: Wildlife

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

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The goal of this program is to provide a quality outdoor experience for those citizens going afield to pursue both consumptive and non-consumptive recreational and commercial wildlife oriented activities on both private and public lands while ensuring that wildlife populations remain at sustainable levels and habitats are present in sufficient quantity and quality to support this wildlife. It is the mission of this program to develop, maintain, propagate, manage, and promote the wildlife resources of the state for public recreation and commercial opportunities. This program assures that these wildlife resources remain available through proper management. This program has only one activity, Wildlife.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Wildlife Program will operate and maintain the state's 1.3 million plus acres of land managed for wildlife conservation and recreation. While providing valuable habitat for many species of Louisiana's plants and animals, these areas will provide over 1,128,000 user-days of public recreation.

This data includes citations issued by program personnel. As of October 1996 the enforcement powers for personnel in this program were discontinued.

2. In FY 1998-99, the Wildlife Program will manage upland game (small game) to maintain populations and provide maximum outdoor recreation and harvest success each trip.

3. In FY 1998-99, the Wildlife Program will manage waterfowl, wetland habitats, provide adequate winering habitat, and provide recreational opportunities that will allow an average harvest level of at least 2 ducks per hunter day.

4. In FY 1998-99, the Wildlife Program will maintain and manage a healthy population of white-tailed deer in Louisiana and provide quality outdoor recreation and a harvest of at least 200,000 deer.

5. In FY 1998-99, the Wildlife Program will restore wild turkey in all suitable unoccupied habitats, manage and enhance existing population to provide an average harvest of .5 birds per hunter annually.

6. In FY 1998-99, the Wildlife Program will manage the American Alligator to provide for a harvest of 29,000 wild alligators while ensuring that alligator farming efforts are consistent with maintaining the wild population.

Market Prices cannot be accurately projected.

7. In FY 1998-99, the Wildlife Program will manage the states' furbearer populations to provide a harvest of 625,000 animals for pelts and meat and to prevent populations from exceeding carrying capacity of their respective habitats.

8. In FY 1998-99, the Wildlife Program will ensure that none of the 550 rare, threatened or endangered species, and other elements of natural diversity in Louisiana decline in status.

9. In FY 1998-99, the Habitat Conservation Program will ensure no net loss of existing acres of wetlands, riparian and other valuable wildlife habitat over which the program has authority or control by requiring environmental impacts to be mitigated by avoidance, habitat enhancement, or habitat replacement.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with the state general fund, interagency transfers, statutory dedications, and federal funds. The Interagency Transfers are derived from the Department of Natural Resources and are for Environmental Monitoring and the Nutria Demonstration and Eradication Projects. The Statutory Dedications are derived from fees, mineral royalties, licenses etc. and are distributed into the Conservation Fund, Louisiana Alligator Resource Fund, the Louisianan Duck Stamp Fund, the Louisiana Reptile/Amphibian Research Fund, the Marsh Island Operating Fund, the Natural Heritage Account, the Rockerfeller Wildlife Refuge, and Game Preserve Fund, Russel Sage Fund #2, the Scienic Rivers Fund, and the La. Fur and Alligator Education Fund. These Statutory Dedications are used for wildlife and wildlife habitat management, and the promotion and enhancement of the Alligator industry in Louisiana (Per R.S.39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund). Federal Funds are derived from Dire Emergency Appropriations - Racoon Island, Hurricane Andrew, Impact of Hurricane Andrew on Coastal Wetlands, Impact of Hurricane Andrew on Avian Species, a US Fish and Wildlife Service Box Turtle Grant, and a Mineral Management Service Grant.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$35,000

$14,865,126

219

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$460,945

0

 

Approved BA-7 Carryforward for various maintenance projects and other equipment

$0

($312,427)

(9)

 

Approved BA-7 transferring positions to Enforcement

$0

($41,974)

(1)

 

Transfer of Staff Attorney to Secretary

$0

$50,000

0

 

Approved BA-7 Technical adjustment providing funding in the Office of Wildlife for the Alligator Resource Fund

$0

$275,000

0

 

Nutria Demonstration Project

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$15,296,670

209

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

(460,945)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carryforward for various maintenance projects and other equipment

$0

$455,589

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)

$0

$97,060

0

 

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

$0

$111,629

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustments

$0

($163,326)

(6)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

$0

($32,427)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($32,446)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

($6,528)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including reductions to fully fund Salaries

$0

$456

0

 

Adjustment(s) for Civil Service, Training and Other Statewide Interagency transfer Activities

$0

($482,000)

0

 

Adjustment(s) - for completed portion of Davis Pond Project, and Dire Emergency Federal protection

$0

$715,000

0

 

Adjustment(s) - for Nutria Demonstration Project

$0

$161,700

0

 

Adjustment(s) - for Federal Dire Emergency Projects

$0

$95,000

0

 

Adjustment(s) - for Federal Mineral Management Systems

$0

($4,267)

0

 

Adjustment(s) - for various research projects

$0

($290,325)

0

 

Adjustment(s) - for completed Federal Mineral Management System Project

$0

($61,950)

0

 

Adjustment(s) - for requested Amphibian Reptile Reductions

$0

$64,000

0

 

Adjustment(s) - for Duck Stamps funding for Waterfowl habitat protection

 

 

 

 

 

$35,000

    $15,462,890

203

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$166,220

(6)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 101.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 99.4% of the total request ($15,552,605) for this program.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$817

 

Medical examinations for new employees

$7,925

 

Land appraisals for prospective property purchases

$1,584

 

Veterinary examinations and treatment as needed on injured and sick wildlife

$155,000

 

Promote the fur and alligator industries

 

 

 

$165,326

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$4,000

 

Contract with LSU to train employees to digitize maps and establish data bases on department owned lands

$86,000

 

Contract(s) with various Louisiana Universities for research relating to marine organisms on Rockefeller Refuge, prescribed burning and marsh management techniques on vegetation and avian populations, etc.

$90,569

 

Contract(s) with various Louisiana Universities for research relating to marsh and ecology, alligator harverts, and other projects deemed necessary and required

$58,000

 

Contracts to continue assessments of vegetation conditions on Racoon Island, after Hurricane Andrew, etc.

$47,520

 

Contract with LSU for statistical consulting on research projects

$156,500

 

Research Contracts relating to alligators, etc.

$61,000

 

Contract(s) with Louisiana Tech University regarding nutria

$660,000

 

Contract(s) with various universities regarding nutria, nutria meat marketing, processing, etc.

$25,000

 

Various cooperative agreements with universities and professional herpetologists to conduct research on specific species of reptiles and amphibians

$283,683

 

Research contracts on various rare, threatened and endangered species

$101,000

 

Scenic River special grants and special projects

$9,891

 

Research contract(s) relating to health and disease problems for wildlife in Louisiana

$101,000

 

Research on son geese, and cooperative agreements relating to Ducks Unlimited and land management on privately owned lands

$125,000

 

Cooperative agreements with Foresters to assist with timber marking, sales, beaver control, etc., on state Wildlife Management Areas

$64,000

 

Duck Stamp funding for waterfowl habitat protection

 

 

 

$1,873,163

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$17,494

 

Department of Civil Service pro rata share of expenses

$1,854

 

Comprehensive Public Training Program charge

$20,000

 

Legal services for ongoing litigation concerning State Wildlife Refuge

 

 

 

$39,348

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$1,740,176

 

Replacement of various farm and heavy movable equipment tractors, draglines, mowers, etc.

$100,000

 

Replacement of shop equipment, generator, water pumps, etc.

$200,000

 

Replacement of 10 vehicles

$147,512

 

Replacement of various household, laboratory, office and associated equipment

$733,339

 

General repairs to a/c units, pumps, generators, fences, etc

$675,840

 

Repairs to movable equipment, boats, motors, barges, etc

$64,500

 

Repairs to vehicles.

332,032

 

Repairs and maintenance to buildings, grounds, etc.

 

 

 

$3,993,399

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

16 DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES


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