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Facilities and Special Units

USGS Louisiana Fish & Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit

What is the Coop Unit? The USGS Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit is one of 44 Cooperative Research Units in 40 states. The Cooperative Research Units are cooperative endeavors between the U.S. Geological Survey, state game and fish agencies, Wildlife Management Institute, and in several cases, including Louisiana, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program was the vision of J. N. Ding Darling. As Director of the Bureau of Biological Survey (the future U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Darling pushed for the cooperative endeavor in an effort to facilitate the training of wildlife biologists and to address applied wildlife and fisheries issues at the state and regional levels. The first units were established under his direction in 1935.

Aquaculture Research Station

The Aquaculture Research Station is located on 178 acres south of Baton Rouge and includes 146 experimental ponds totaling 100 surface acres. Scientists conduct research on catfish, oysters, alligators, baitfish, turtles, a variety of freshwater game fish and crawfish.

Aquatic Germplasm and Genetic Resources Center (AGGRC)

The Aquatic Germplasm and Genetic Resources Center (AGGRC) is a research group located at the former Dairy Improvement Center of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. The group is based on the research of Dr. Terrence Tiersch. The primary focus is on genetic improvement, reproduction, and conservation of germplasm and genetic resources of aquatic species. Current research areas include cryopreservation, hybridization, polyploidy, flow cytometry, gamete quality analysis and hatchery spawning of aquatic species. For information, contact Dr. Tiersch.

Louisiana Forest Products Development Center

In the State of Louisiana, the forest industry contributes over 50% of the total value of all agricultural, animal and fish/wildlife commodities. In addition to lumber, plywood, OSB and the production of other primary products, valuable secondary products are also produced such as furniture and kitchen cabinets. In 1994 the LSU Agricultural Center established the Louisiana Forest Products Laboratory (LFPL). In 2003 we changed our name to the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center (LFPDC) to better reflect the breadth of our expertise and client base.

Lee Memorial Forest

Lee Memorial ForestLee Memorial Forest with more than 1,200 acres of managed timberland is an important research and teaching resource for the LSU AgCenter. Located between Franklinton and Bogalusa in Washington Parish, the Lee forest began with a 1,000-acre donation from the Great Southern Lumber Company in 1926 and was augmented with a gift of 210 acres from the William A. Knight estate in 1991. The forest provides its own operating budget with income generated from timber sales.

More information on Lee Memorial Forest can be seen on their webpage.

revised: 05-Jan-2021 10:56