One suspect was arrested on charges of simple arson for setting fires on others' property in Vernon Parish and a second suspect is being sought, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF). Laura Ashley Lee, 34, of 252 Lee Rd. in Leesville, was arrested March 18 on one count of simple arson, according to a press release from LDAF. She was released the same day on $3,500 bond. Robert Lee Ramirez, also of 252 Lee Rd. in Leesville, remained at-large
From the American Loggers Council: WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced March 24 that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative — USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers — will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs. The Dep
A prescribed burning workshop to teach and certify forest landowners to burn their own lands safely and legally will be held May 5-7 at the Louisiana Ecological Forestry Center (formerly Hodges Gardens) in Florien. And now more people will be allowed to sign up for the workshop. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Ecological Forestry Center, the Southwest Louisiana Forestry Association (SW LA Forestry Association), the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department o
OSHA is promoting the eighth annual National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction in May. The virtual kickoff is set for 1 p.m. May 3 and will feature comments from Principal DAS Jim Frederick, Dr. John Howard from NIOSH and Scott Ketcham, director, directorate of Construction for the USDOL at the Occupational, Safety and Health Administration, as well as other partners from NIOSH and CPWR. The attachment below includes more information about the event and websi
Quail Forever is putting on Wildlife Management Wednesday each week on Facebook. Wildlife Management Wednesday is a weekly outreach series where Sabrina Claeys and Austin Klais of Quail Forever Louisiana will present five- to 10-minute presentations for landowners and land managers. "We currently have 11 presentations ready to go with topics ranging from forest management to pollinators to Louisiana ecological history," According to a release from Claeys. "You'll be able to
BATON ROUGE — Speaker Clay Schexnayder went from winning races in cars to winning races against career politicians, and the leading Republican legislator in the House was the last person who predicted that sharp curve in his road. “When I first got elected in 2012, I was the first mechanic and first race car driver to be elected to the House of Representatives,” said Schexnayder, R-Gonzales. “The speaker position didn’t come overnight. It took eight years to get here. It wasn
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