LDWF announces $2.2 million in budget cuts

Budget reduction targeting supplies, equipment and travel, the agency says.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will slash its budget by $2.2 million, the agency announced today.

The move is coming midway through the 2011-12 fiscal year.

“LDWF’s spending reductions target fiscal-year cost savings that can be implemented while protecting services to our customers,” LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said.

According to the announcement, the move will focus mainly on supplies and acquisitions, and place a hold on purchases including boats, motors, wildlife management area maintenance equipment and planned software purchases for computer equipment upgrades.

The department also is reducing and restricting travel for employees, the LDWF news release said.