BTF News Briefs !        Updated Oct 13, 2014

Thanks to ALL who participated in the survey and the Sept. 18th BTF meeting.    Copies of all surveys and comments were sent to Mike Wood @ LDWF, State Rep. Reynolds, State Rep. Burns, and Senator Adley .

A summary is available here: Survey Results_100114

Thanks ALSO to Mike Wood for his consideration of “your comments”. Read his reply here:  MWOOD-Letter

The 2014 BTF meeting schedule is complete. 

The meeting schedule and format for 2015 are being discussed.

What will be the priorities?  What can we do better ?  How can the BTF and the public help the LDWF fight Giant Salvinia ? 

The next meeting will be announced in January. 

 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