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Colette Pansini (left), Senior in Wildlife Ecology, and Anna West (right), Senior in Wildlife Ecology are awarded the inaugural Laborde Award for Leadership in Renewable Natural Resources through the LSU Alumni Association.  RNR undergraduate, Jazmyn Bernard, holding a yellow rail, on a field exercise with RNR 3018 at Rockefellar Refuge. 2 Feb 2018 NREM students spent their spring breaks learning about agriculture, natural resources, and new cultures!  NREM students and Les Voyageurs Kathrine Costanza, Marisa Saladino, McKaila Darden, Madison Sharp, and Brad Frazier (l to r) spent their spring break in Poland. Dr. Allen Rutherford, Director of the School of Renewable Natural Resources, updates alumni on undergraduate and graduate enrollment, new faculty, and research activities. Dr. Allen Rutherford, Director of the School of Renewable Natural Resources, updates alumni on undergraduate and graduate enrollment, new faculty, and research activities. President Will deGravelles, BSF 2007, welcomes members to the Annual General Meeting of the School of Renewable Natural Resources/Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Alumni Association. A silent auction provided opportunities for alumni to support the School. The house was packed for the 2018 annual general meeting of the SRNR/FWF Alumni Association. Dr. Allen Rutherford and President Will deGravelles induct H. Dale Hall, MS Fisheries 1075, into the Hall of Fame of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources.  Dale Hall, retired Director of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and CEO of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., addresses the alumni association following his induction into the SRNR Hall of Fame.


  • -- Friday, 14 December 2018, Commencement Day

LSU 2019 Hall of Distinction: Alumnus of the Year Named

H. Dale Hall, 2019 LSU Alumnus of the Year BATON ROUGE – H. Dale Hall, chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited Inc., was named the 2019 LSU Alumnus of the Year, and Wendy McMahon, president of ABC Owned Television Stations Group, is LSU Young Alumna of the Year.

They will be inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction on Friday, April 5, 2019, along with Gregory M. Bowser, president of the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance, Baton Rouge; retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy, former commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command and a member of the NASA Advisory Council, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and architect A. Hays Town, founding owner of Town Construction, Baton Rouge.

“The LSU Alumni Association annually recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and the university through their careers, their personal and civic accomplishments, their volunteer activities and their loyalty to their alma mater,” said Cliff Vannoy, association president and CEO. “These individuals have excelled in all of these areas and exemplify the essence of a true Tiger.”

Hall, of Charlotte, N.C., joined Ducks Unlimited in 2010 after 31 years with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which he served as director from 2005-09. He serves on the boards of numerous conservation organizations and has received many honors recognizing his achievements, the most recent being his induction into the LSU School of Renewable Resources Hall of Fame as Alumnus of the Year in Spring 2018. Hall earned a master’s degree in fisheries management from LSU in 1979. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from Cumberland College in Kentucky.

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Spring Alumni Event -
Save the Date

The School of Renewable Natural Resources/Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture Alumni Association are hosting the first event of the spring semester on Saturday February 2nd. We will meet at The Water Campus from 10 AM to 12 PM, and then move over to nearby Louisiana Cane Land Distilling Company from 12 PM to 2 PM.

The Water Campus (just south of the I-10 bridge) 110 Terrace Avenue, 10 AM - 12 PM.
Louisiana Cane Land Distilling Co. 760 St. Phillip Street, 12 PM-2 PM

The program at The Water Campus will include a tour of the Mississippi River Model, and an update on the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan. We have the option of going on the balcony overlooking the river at The Estuary, if the weather permits.

At Cane Land, we will tour the distillery and participate in sampling various rums distilled on site. Additional drinks are available via cash bar. Box lunch sandwich selections will be provided by Maxwell’s Market.

Cost of the program including box lunch and sampling is $20 per person. We have maximum capacity for 45. Please let me know if you are planning to attend!

Catie Barry
Administrative Coordinator
LSU SRNR/FWF Alumni Association
email: cbarry8[at]lsu.edu

Researchers collaborate to determine Roseau cane die-off cause

(10/05/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU AgCenter researchers along with scientists from multiple agencies are collaborating to investigate the decline in health of Roseau cane or Phragmites, a vital marsh grass in the lower Mississippi River Delta.

Earlier this year, Congress directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Agricultural Research Service to work with stakeholders to develop a pest management program for control of the Roseau cane scale infestation in the delta.

This additional funding allowed research efforts to expand into plant pathogens, soil health, and plant and insect genetics. With support from the Louisiana Legislature, AgCenter coastal ecologist Andy Nyman will use remote sensing to measure Roseau cane health in the marsh, and Ehab Meselhe, vice president for engineering with the Water Institute of the Gulf, will model the potential impact of die-offs on navigation dredging in the lower delta.

Nyman said his goal is to determine when Roseau cane first began to die off and how much of it has died and not replaced itself.

Nyman will conduct field work in the marsh to accurately verify what is out there. He will also use satellite imagery taken over time that provides a normalized different vegetation index. This index helps the researchers determine if green vegetation is in the area and can show if die-offs happen over time.

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