Ducks Unlimited recently selected Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Biologist Director Mike Carloss as the new manager of conservation programs for Louisiana.

Louisiana is critically important for waterfowl. It is the only state containing two of DU’s top five priority areas: the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and the Gulf Coast. Unfortunately, Louisiana continues to lose habitat at alarming rates. In fact, the Pelican State has the highest rates of wetland loss in the country. Carloss will head up DU’s diverse habitat conservation work in the state.

Carloss has a long history of conservation engagement in Louisiana, including more than 20 years with LDWF, two years with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and five years as an adjunct instructor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

“I’ve spent my life and career in the Sportsman’s Paradise, which gives me keen insight into the challenges and blessings of this area,” Carloss said. “I’m eager to start this new chapter in my conservation career working for the world leader in wetlands conservation to protect and restore the continent’s most important and imperiled waterfowl wintering habitat.”

Carloss holds a Master of Science in biology with an emphasis in ecology and a Bachelor of Science in wildlife management, both from University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

“Mike Carloss will continue the tremendous collaborative conservation efforts Ducks Unlimited is known for and take them to the next level,” said Jerry Holden, DU director of conservation programs. “He has worked for or with many of our strongest partners, including LDWF, NRCS, NOAA, the Gulf Coast Joint Venture, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative and the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.”

Carloss will officially begin working out of DU’s Lafayette field staff location on Jan. 6, 2014. He assumes the position previously held by Bob Dew, who is now DU’s director of development for Louisiana.

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