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Title: Operation of Vehicles on the Banks and Bottoms of Designated Scenic Streams
Resolution #: 10C, 2011
Date Proposed: 3/20/2011
WHEREAS, the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Streams Program was established to protect outstanding natural resource waters and their riparian habitats, and

WHEREAS, it has become the practice by some users on some scenic streams to drive vehicles along the banks and on the beds for recreation, and

WHEREAS, operating vehicles on the banks and beds of scenic streams encourages erosion of the banks, bottoms and sandbars of the streams, contributing to stream turbidity, degradation of habitat for aquatic and terrestrial species of plants and animals, and impairment of the scenic quality of the stream, all contrary to the purposes of the Louisiana Scenic Streams Act, and

WHEREAS, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), as administrator of the Louisiana Scenic Streams Program, has the authority to prohibit or limit uses of scenic streams that are inconsistent with the purposes of the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Streams Act, and

WHEREAS, in cooperation with the private riparian owners, it is appropriate to limit the use of vehicles on the banks and bottoms of scenic streams and prohibit such use as necessary to protect the habitat and scenic quality of scenic streams, and

WHEREAS, in November of 2010, the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation adopted a position in support of regulating the use of vehicles on the banks and bottoms of scenic streams in anticipation of rulemaking by the LDWF.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Louisiana Wildlife Federation supports restricting the use of vehicles on the banks and beds of designated scenic streams, in cooperation with the private riparian landowners, and prohibiting such uses when necessary to preserve the habitat and scenic qualities of Louisiana’s Scenic Streams.


Adopted by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation in convention assembled, March 20, 2011 in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Submitted By: Ken Dancak, LWF President
LWF Committee: Conservation Policy, Laws and Enforcement

Correspondence

3/21/2013 Letter to Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
8/28/2013 Letter to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
8/28/2013 Texas Report on Effects of Off-Road Vehicles on Stream Environments
Notes: "Off-Road Vehicles and Their Impact on Stream Environments: A Policy Statement From the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society" January 2001. This document was sent attached to the letter sent to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on August 27, 2013.
9/30/2013 Statement from Louisiana Chapter of American Fisheries Society on Off Road Vehicle Use
Notes: Off-Road Vehicle Use in Louisiana Streams. A Policy Statement from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, September 2013
10/16/2013 Letter to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission
Notes: October 15, 2013 Letter mailed to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Members On behalf of the Board of Directors of Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF), I want to thank you and members of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for passing the notice of intent for recommended changes to the Scenic Rivers Program. LWF is working to inform people about the issues presented and how to comment. Also, LWF appreciates the work of the Commission in support of efforts to increase hunter participation. LWF passed our Resolution No. 15C, 2013 “Expanding Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities” in which we offer suggestions about how to address increased demand for public waterfowl hunting access and commend the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Commission for the demonstrated increase in licensed hunters since 2007. The commitment to meeting the needs of hunters and encouraging more participation shows. Please see the attached letter to the Department and copy of resolutions. Thank you for serving the public as a Commission member to guide the wise use of Louisiana’s natural resources and protect the economic and recreational values we enjoy. Sincerely, Rebecca Triche Executive Director
12/20/2013 Letter to LDWF Scenic Rivers Coordinator
Notes: To comment in support of the the proposed rule changes to the Natural and Scenic River System in the notice of intent issued by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission on October 3, 2013.


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