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Species and Communities of Concern in Louisiana
Information for Family Forest Owners

One of the environmental issues of concern today is the worldwide decline in forest habitat and the related loss of biodiversity.

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What Is The Sustainable Forestry Initiative?

You can enjoy the many benefits of Louisiana's forests with the knowledge that your grandchildren and their grandchildren will also have a place to hunt, fish, work, camp, hike or drive through the rural splendor that is Louisiana. Future generations will also enjoy the economic benefits of its number one crop, trees.
  • All Louisiana forest landowners will manage their land using practices that are economically and environmentally responsible. 
  • Louisiana's forest will be protected from wildfire, pests, diseases, and other damaging agents in order to maintain and improve long-term forest health and productivity.  
  • Special sites that are biologically, geologically, or historically important will be protected and managed in a manner that takes into account their unique qualities.  
  • The Louisiana forestry community will continue to improve the practice of forest management and also to monitor, measure, and report the performance of its members in achieving its commitment to sustainable forestry.

Got a complaint about a logging job?

Call LFA with the details - If you see a logging job not in compliance with Best Management Practices, or forestry practices appearing inconsistent with SFI Standard requirements, you can call the Louisiana Forestry Association and give the details in a formal, confidential inquiry.

A trained forester can check on the site-specific inquiry and work with the landowner and logger to remedy any situation appearing inconsistent with SFI Standards. Any event that involves criminal charges such as timber theft will be referred to the State Enforcement officers. 

To file an Inconsistent Practices inquiry, call (318) 443-2558 weekdays 8 a.m. till noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

Rare and endangered species

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative provides protection for threatened or imperiled species in our forests. The document below provides specific information on those plant and animal species in the state that need special attention. For more information, consult the Nature Serve website and www.natureserve.org.

For facts sheets and other information about rare and endangered species, please see www.wlf.louisiana.gov/species-by-parish