Chronic Wasting Disease not in La. ... so far

(This story was first published in the first quarter 2019 issue of the Louisiana Logger) One of the first wildlife-related news stories that broke in 2018 was confirmation that a free-ranging white-tailed deer had died of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Issaquena County, Mississippi. Given the cultural and economic importance of hunting in the region, this discovery raised considerable concern from the public and sparked many questions about the history and ecology of the disease, recommendations and precautions for hunters, potential impacts of CWD on deer populations, and strategies to minimize risk of further transmission. In response, people involved in CWD surveillance and management o

Early voting begins Saturday, Sept. 28

This election year is important to everyone in Louisiana, but for the forest products industry, it is crucial. During the last regular session of the Louisiana Legislature, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would have potentially reduced the cost of insurance for loggers. However, despite the tort-reform bill that could have reduced insurance rates for all motorists, a state Senate committee consisting of a majority of trial attorneys killed it. It’s important for folks in the forest products industry to seek out and vote for candidates at least in part based on their appreciation for and understanding of forestry. As voters make their selection for the upcoming election, the F

La. gubernatorial candidates debate at LSU

BATON ROUGE — Three candidates for governor clashed over taxes and Medicaid in their first debate Thursday night but largely agreed on abortion restrictions, gun policies, the dangers of e-cigarettes and the value of the TOPS scholarship program. The debate, which took place at LSU, featured Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards and his Republican opponents, businessman Eddie Rispone and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham. One of the most contentious sequences centered on Louisiana’s shift from a budget deficit to a budget surplus since Edwards was elected in 2015 and whether the candidates would now cut taxes. Edwards pointed to the state’s investment in education, including a recent pay raise for K-12 tea

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