BTF NEWS Briefs !   July 1

SPECIAL:  The TB/BTF Team is currently conducting a private weevil release (061315)  on Lake Bistineau.  Data will be collected & every effort will be made to maintain a viable weevil population in a natural environment.   Funding for the special project is being provided by private donations.  Special thanks to the LB-10 group.  Also,  Special thanks to the Red River Waterway Commission for donating the weevils and to Jeff Sibley and the LDWF for their support of this project.    Additional weevil releases are being planned by the LB-10 Group.     New releases have been conducted (June 26)   on private ponds.

GS levels are at about 1,000 acres;  no decisions have been made about the next drawdown.

Proposed legislation to get money from oil and gas royalties @ Lake Bistineau has failed in the Louisiana Legislature.

Questions about possible drawdowns or spraying?   Contact Jeff Sibley

The next BTF meeting will be JULY 23rd @ 10 am at the courthouse in Minden.

Past Minutes are attached here: BTF_min-011515; BTFmin-031915; BTFmin-052115

The BTF meeting schedule is :   2015 BTF MEETING DATES. The dates are Jan 15, March 19, May 21, July 23, & September 17.

Jeff Sibley Fisheries Biologist Manager wants to hear your questions.   Call him @ Phone 318-371-3066; OR Email

The BTF was created to improve communications between the state, the parish police juries, and the stakeholders.

 Trailblazer R C & D is pleased to be in partnership with the          

In 2009, the Bistineau Task Force was created by the Bienville, Bossier, and Webster Parish Police Juries in response to public outcries over the spread of Giant Salvinia in Lake Bistineau. In cooperation with the Trailblazer Rural Development Institute and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), BTF stakeholders have worked to restore and preserve the water quality and habitats of the entire Lake Bistineau area. Actions include the coordination of restoration activities, education, advocacy, and citizen action. The BTF is working with all stakeholders for the benefit of future generations.

BTF’s Battle with

Giant Salvinia

A 1995 outbreak in South Carolina was the earliest U.S. record of Salvinia molesta outside of cultivation. 

The distribution and spread of Salvinia molesta (giant salvinia) has progressed from independent introductions across the southern United States.

Salvinia molesta was discovered on Lake Bistineau in February of 2006.

In 2009, Salvinia molesta covered up to 8,000 of Lake Bistineau’s 17,000 acres.

A Few Facts About Giant Salvinia
Salvinia molesta, commonly known as Giant Salvinia , is an aquatic fern, native to southeastern Brazil.It is a free floating plant that does not attach to the soil, but instead remains buoyant on the surface of a body of water.Salvinia molesta reproduces by asexual reproduction only, but it is capable of growing extremely quickly, starting from small fragments and doubling in dry weight every 2.2 to 2.5 days.It grows from fragments that have broken off or dormant buds that have been detached from the main plant; Each node has five buds, so potential for great and rapid spread is high.[/one_third]

What’s happening

More than forty local officials and stakeholders attended the October 22, 2012 Donation Ceremony for the new air boat and UTV, which was held at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Office (LDWF) in Minden. Read more about it in the November issue of Trailblazer News, found in our Media Center on the Home page.

 How you can help

The BTF can use your help! We depend on donations to make our goals for the Lake Bistineau area a reality. Donations have made it possible for the BTF to recently donate an airboat and a UTV to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Help us to do even more! See our 2013-14 BTF VISION PLAN at the bottom of this page.
Checks (made out to Trailblazer R C & D, with a BTF Action Plan notation) can be mailed to:
Trailblazer R C & D
302 Reynolds Drive
Ruston, LA 71270.
Donations may qualify as tax exempt; Donations of $100 or more will receive an acknowledgement letter.

For a copy of the Aquatic Weed Identification sheet, click here.

BTF Records Archive

Meeting Minutes:


Planned meeting dates:  September 18 , 2014_July 17, 2014_

May 15, 2014 Minutes …….BTFMinutes 051514   &   Agenda     BTFagenda_051514

March 20, 2014 Minutes …….. BTF Min 032014

January 16, 2014 Minutes  ……… BTF Minutes 011614

September 19, 2013 Minutes  ……BTFMinutes 091913

July 18, 2013 Minutes

May 16, 2013 Minutes

March 21, 2013 Minutes

January 24, 2013 Minutes
July 26, 2012 Minutes
May 24, 2012 Minutes
March 29, 2012 Minutes
January 5, 2012 Minutes
September 29, 2011 Minutes
July 28, 2011 Minutes
March 31, 2011 Minutes
September 30, 2010 Minutes
July 15, 2010 Minutes
June 22, 2010 Minutes
May 26, 2010 Minutes


May 16, 2013 Agenda

 March 21, 2013 Agenda

January 24, 2013 Agenda

October 22, 2012 Agenda
July 2012 Agenda
May 2012 Agenda
March 2012 Agenda
January 2012 Agenda
September 2011 Agenda
August 2011 Agenda
July 2011 Agenda
March 2011 Agenda
July 15, 2010 Agenda
May 29, 2010 Agenda

 Other BTF Documents:

BTF Action Plan


Harvester report, April 2013