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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Barham Letter

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Barham Letter

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stepped up, with a major commitment of financial support that stabilized the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative at that critical time...
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stepped up, with a major commitment of financial support that stabilized the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative at that critical time...

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Published by: AmmoLand Shooting Sports News on Aug 18, 2014
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June 23, 2014 Don McKenzie
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Director, National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative 2396 Cocklebur Road Ward, AR 72176 Dear Don,
ROBERT
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In
our great nation's history there have been pivotal points
in
time when odds were against success. To some, the obstacles appeared insurmountable. But others considered the price of failure too great.
By
courage, determination, and persistence through difficult times came success. Today, we stand at a difficult time for bobwhites. This great bird once
so
common is now absent from many places
in
its former range. A bird forever seared into the childhood memori
es
of so many
is
in
jeopardy of not being there for future generations. The good news
is
that momentum
is
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accident but rather a well-orchestrated persistent effo
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by
bobwhite enthusiasts across the nation. The well thought-out and deliberate steps taken
by
the now National Bobwhite Technical Committee (NBTC) has led this effort. Understanding that range wide recovery of bobwhites needed a coordinated national effort, the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI) was born. States understand that without a national focus, bobwhite restoration will never reach its full potential. If a national emphasis
on
bobwhites
is
to ever succeed, we must have a healthy NBCI. Just a few years ago, Louisiana had its own set of obstacles to overcome. Two major hurricanes named Katrina and Rita followed by the greatest oil spi
ll
disaster
in
American history temporarily redirected our focus. During hurricanes Katrina and Rita saving human lives and property became paramount for our agency. For months afterwards,
as
our Department worked to help others, several employees and families who themselves had lost their own homes were housed
in
wildlife offices, bunkhouses, and other Department facilities.
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this difficult ti
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