Wednesday, November 18, 2009

New Office Hours

Louisiana’s SWCD’s are struggling financially. The Dugdemona SWCD is no exception. Drastic cuts have been made in every area of our operations. Due to the financial hardships we face and the continued cuts from State of Louisiana we have no choice but to temporarily close the Dugdemona SWCD office and to reduce the hours of operation.

Our office will be closed temporarily and will re-open Tuesday, December 1, 2009. Our new Office Hours are Monday- Wednesday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please feel free to contact your Louisiana Legislators and let them know how important it is to have our Local Soil & Water Conservation Districts fully operational in the local community. To caontact your Legislators please see the information below.

If we are unavailable and you need immediate conservation assistance in Winn Parish please call 357-8366 Ext 3; in Jackson Parish please call 255-3136 Ext 3. ; in Caldwell Parish 318-649-2651 Ext 3, or you may call 628-4438 and leave a message we will return you call as soon as possible.

Dugdemona SWCD

Representative Noble Ellington
Parishes RepresentedCaldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, and Tensas
Contact Representative Ellington at
4272 Front StreetWinnsboro, LA 71295
Phone: (318)435-7313 Fax: (318)435-2994

Representative Billy Chandler
Parishes RepresentedGrant, LaSalle, Rapides, and Winn
Contact Representative Chandler at
P.O. Box 100711
Hwy. 167 Dry Prong, LA 71423
Phone: (318)899-1193 Fax: (318)899-1213

Representative Jim Fannin
Parishes Represented
Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita and Winn
Contact Representative Fannin at
320 6th StreetJonesboro, LA 71251
Phone: (318)259-6620 Fax: (318)259-6645

Senator Gerald Long
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 94183 Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (225) 342-2040
District Office
P.O. Box 151 Winnfield, LA 71483
Phone: (318) 628-5799 Fax: (318)628-6120

Senator Neil Riser
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 94183 Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Phone: (225) 342-2040
E-mail :
District Office P.O. Box 117 Columbia, LA 71418
Phone: (318) 649-0977 FAX: (318) 649-0979

Senator Bob Kostelka
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 94183 Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: (225) 342-2040
Post Office Box 2122
1818 Avenue of America
Monroe, LA 71207
Phone: (800) 508-5572

Monday, November 9, 2009

Locally Led Conservation Meeting

Local Community To Make Local Conservation decisions

Resting in the hands of our local community members is the future of our valuable natural resources and the decisions that are made to conserve, enhance and sustain the integrity of soil, water and air quality in the Dugdemona Soil & Water Conservation District and throughout Louisiana. Conservation of our resources can not be achieved by one group, government agency or the individual – it takes cooperative conservation.

Cooperative conservation starts first with the active involvement of the individual community member who helps to identify the resource needs of the community. Community involvement helps the Dugdemona Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) assess and prioritize resource concerns on a community level. Local natural resource priorities help direct technical and financial assistance decisions that NRCS and SWCD make throughout the year.

Locally led conservation efforts are successful with the help from our residents. Please, become involved in locally led conservation. A Locally Led Conservation Meeting will be held on Wednesday November 18, 2009 at the Allen Building located at 104 West Main Street, beginning at 1:00 p.m., to identify resource concerns for the Dugdemona SWCD. The Dugdemona SWCD covers all of Jackson and Winn parishes and the portion of Caldwell west of the Ouachita River. Your involvement is significantly important to the locally led conservation process and all partners involved in conservation. At the Locally Led Conservation Meeting you will be able to voice concerns, provide comments and help to identify conservation issues. Save the date, and help our community make sound conservation decisions – become an active part of locally led conservation and cooperative conservation efforts.

For more information on the Locally Led Conservation Meeting, contact the Dugdemona SWCD at (318) 628-4438 or Natchitoches NRCS field office today at (318) 357-8366 Ext 3, the Ruston NRCS Field Office at (318) 255-3136 Ext 3 or the Columbia NRCS Field Office at (318) 649- 2651 Ext 3. Or visit the Dugdemona SWCD's website at