Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Trailblazer newsletter and BTF meeting announced

The last BTF meeting was held on March 31 and it was announced that Evan Thames, with Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries would be filling in Mark McElroy's position due to his retirement.

Evan stressed to the public that he wants them to report to him known pockets of Salvinia growth. He can be reached at 371-5216 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Also, there is an updated question and answer section, regarding Bistineau on the LDWF website (wlf.louisiana.gov) and a place to submit comments.

Likewise, Trailblazer Inc. has a place to submit comments, learn more about the BTF and view past meeting notes and agendas, as well as upcoming meetings on its website (trailblazer.org).

The next BTF meeting is scheduled for May 26th at 10:05 a.m. in the police jury room at the Webster Parish courthouse. Guests tentatively scheduled to speak at this meeting include: David Fields, La Dept. of Ag & Forestry, Evan Thames, La Wildlife & Fisheries, Ken Guidry, Red River Waterway Commission and Dr. Northcutt, a lake resident who signed up to comment.

For more information go to www.trailblazer.org/btfmain.htm.

April was a very busy month for educational outreach! During this month, 693 area students have been reached through water quality presentations and/or activities and 34 presentations have been given. Some of the locations and/or events include:

"Dad and Me" at the Girl Scout Camp in Chatham, "Scout Badge Day" at Sci-Port in Shreveport, "Family Fun Bio Blitz" at Girl Scout Camp in Sterlington, "Roughing-it Camp" with 4-Hers in Winn Parish, and schools groups from Bossier Elementary, Choudrant and Sterlington.

In addition, there was a booth event at Sci-Port in Shreveport for their annual "Sustainapalooza". This particular event was aimed at adults, rather than children, and several "green" groups and/or companies set up booths, such as: Shreveport Green, Chesapeake Energy, Pratt Industries and CottonTails Diaper Service of Louisiana. This event had a great turn-out as well with an estimate of just over 300 people.

Other water quality outreach and networking was done at the Claiborne, Webster, and Jackson Parish Police Jury meetings, Saline SWCD's Plant Sale, Ringgold Library, Saline Library and Castor Library.






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