LAFAYETTE - 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. He 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.

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.