West Monroe 6/18/21 Smiling with pride! City of West Monroe Director of Parks and Recreation, Stuart Hodnett (Louisiana Master Naturalist Northeast) told LMNA Blog this morning the great news in Restoration Park! "It's been a lot of hard work but we did it! Not just the cleanest in the region, the whole state too!"
The State Cleanest City Award is sponsored by the Louisiana Garden Club Federation. They officially presented the Award to the City of West Monroe on Friday, June 18 at 11 a.m. at West Monroe City Hall. https://www.myarklamiss.com/news/local-news/city-of-west-monroe-named-cleanest-city-in-the-state/
In an email news update, Louisiana Wildlife Federation says the HCR 55 bill to establish a Conservation Stewardship Study Group in Louisiana was passed unanimously. They expect the study group to produce a report by February 1, 2022 with recommendations to establish a fund for conserving Louisiana’s priority habitats. They thanked the public for messages of support and are excited to see Louisiana Forever move forward.
HB 691 Bill Passes, Allowing LDWF to Restructure Fees.
Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will raise license fee prices for the first time since the mid 1980's to help pay for maintaining the outdoor and natural resources access that we all enjoy. The changes will be phased-in by 2024. In a video on their Facebook page Conservation Conversations - New License Fee Structure LDWF's Undersecretary Brian McClinton thanked the public for the support received for the bill that authorizes an update to the current license fee structure in order to counter shortfalls, improve user experience and provide the agency with a more stable source of revenue. They say this is crucial to the department’s ability to make citizens and visitors safe and keep hunting and fishing opportunities available.
Click here to see details of the new fee structure: https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/.../rec-license-synopis.pdf
Laughing Gas Fueling Climate Change? No Joke.
This article from the BBC looks at the 'forgotten climate change gas', Nitrous oxide, N2O, also known as laughing gas. Though it hasn't loomed large in the public consciousness or climate change policies apparently it is a potent greenhouse gas, 300 times as potent as the same quantity of CO2, and equally long-lived. The greatest anthropogenic source is chemical fertilizers used in agriculture, and the article looks at how the gas is emitted and how people are working to find alternative methods for productive farming.