WMA improvements to enhance waterfowl hunting

Staff report

Waterfowl hunting and wildlife watching opportunities have gotten a boost on the popular Sherburne Wildlife Management Area south of U.S. 190, between Lafayette and Baton Rouge.
Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have created additional wetland habitat on the South Farm Unit of the WMA, which will open new areas for public waterfowl hunting and provide increased habitat management capabilities, according to a news release from Ducks Unlimited.
Mike Carloss, Ducks Unlimited manager of conservation programs, said, “This project is the first one in the state supported in part by Louisiana Ducks Unlimited license plate sales. This gives Ducks Unlimited members and supporters a terrific, tangible example of what supporting Ducks Unlimited means for them.”
Sherburne WMA provides opportunities to enjoy hunting and other outdoor recreation. This project not only improves waterfowl habitat on areas already open to hunting, but also opens two new units for pursuing waterfowl, the news release said.
Robert Barham, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary, noted that Sherburne is a favorite duck hunting spot for wildlife management area users.
“Projects such as this improve habitat and expand opportunities for public hunting, and are great examples of cooperative efforts that enhance what we as a department can do with limited resources,” Barham said.
Mosaic senior vice president of phosphate operations Gary N. “Bo” Davis, one of the partners in the project, said an enhanced water delivery to the habitat at Sherburne will greatly improve the function of the Atchafalaya Basin.
“The health of the basin is crucial, as it captures overflow that would otherwise flood the Mississippi River, one of America’s most important waterways,” Davis said.
Partners on the project include LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, friends of John W. Barton Sr., Wetlands America Trust and The Mosaic Company, which has operations near Baton Rouge and contributed to the project.

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