La. Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries ending magazine

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The spring issue of "Louisiana Conservationist," the magazine published by Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will be the last.

Another department budget cut will return 47 cars, vans and light trucks to the state.

A news release says staff, printing and postage for the magazine adds up to $220,000 a year. It says returning the vehicles will cut another $188,000 a year.

Staffers who used the vehicles can be reimbursed for using personal vehicles on state business or get permission to rent vehicles for long business trips.

The department also expects to save $8,400 a year by moving some offices on Lake Pontchartrain's north shore to the Lacombe hatchery campus, and to save $34,000 by closing the office in Ferriday, which needs major repairs.

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