Land and Waterbottoms Management

Clay Carter- Section Manager

This Section is divided into four Sub-Programs and is responsible for the proprietary aspects of land management, excluding minerals.

*** Land Sales Sub-Program: (L.R.S. 41:131-139)

Land sales is a sub-program that has not been emphasized in the past, but holds great potential for future revenue generation. There are three types of land which can be sold: 1)-(L.R.S. 41:131-139) State public lands to which title was never severed from the State; 2)-(L.R.S. 47:2189) tax adjudicated lands and 3)-(L.R.S. 41:140) lands designated as "non-essential" by any state agency. Non-severed lands are limited in number and the selection is restricted to those parcels having little public use and a very limited capability for producing recurring revenues. These parcels require an Executive Order from the Governor prior to being sold. Sales of tax adjudicated lands are hindered by very vague title descriptions and chains of title which are, more often than not, defective. Sales of surplus non-essential land are limited by both the decision of the controlling agency to declare properties under its jurisdiction "non-essential" and also the extremely poor condition of these properties.

*** Rights-of-Way and Surface Leases Sub-Program: (L.R.S. 41:1173, 1211, 1221)

The rights-of-way program provides for the issuance of rights-of-way across public lands and waterbottoms to individuals and corporations doing business in the state. The surface leasing program has been updated and expanded. This sub-program is one that is most appreciated by the public and is generally not dependant on the oil and gas industry for recurring revenue. Presently these are the largest revenue producing sub-programs.

*** Waterbottom Permits and Leases Sub-Program: (L.R.S. 41:1701-1714)

This sub-program provides for the permitting and leasing of structures on non-eroded waterways and for reclamation and fill of non-eroded areas. It also provides for permits and leases for the construction and maintenance of wharves, piers, docks and other commercial structures on navigable waterbottoms. Presently there exist numerous commercial restaurants, buildings and landfills on public waters.

*** Timber Sub-Program: (L.R.S. 41:1001-1009)

Sale and management of timber on State public lands is a sub-program that was implemented in 1985. Timber represents a significant source of recurring revenues which the State has only recently begun to develop. State Land Office foresters continually prepare forest management plans for small tracts of State public timberland scattered throughout the State in order to maximize economic returns from timber products while considering ecological effects to the land and the recreational needs for the public. Due to these diverse demands imposed on State public lands, it has become critical that forest management plans reflect public views while utilizing sound forestry practices to accomplish the desired results. The overall forest management plan for State timberland is to provide the public an opportunity to utilize the recreational aspects associated with the public forests while maximizing economic potentials from timber products. Historically, small farmers throughout Louisiana have utilized their land to provide for the needs of their family. They have attempted to keep the land productive and unharmed so that they can pass it on to the next generation. Using this same philosophy and a conservative approach to management, the State Land Office is able to protect the forests and insure future generations the use of public forest lands.


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