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Nominations Sought For Top Conservation Awards

September 20, 2010 12:00 AM

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) is now accepting nominations for the 47th Governor's State Conservation Achievement Awards. The program recognizes those persons and organizations who make outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare and environmental quality of the community, parish and state. There are eight award categories for which nominations can be made. They are: professional; volunteer; business; educator; youth; elected official; communications and organization.

The awards themselves, handsome statuettes of majestic wild animals, are unique to the program and highly coveted by all who receive them.

According to Rebecca Triche, awards program co-chair, "For over 40 years the federation's annual conservation awards program has recognized those individuals, organizations and businesses who have gone 'above and beyond' in their efforts to conserve fish and wildlife resources, to enhance opportunities for all of our citizens to enjoy the outdoors, to improve the quality of the environment, and to educate and advocate on behalf of our natural resources here in Louisiana. Thanks to the participation of hundreds of Louisiana citizens who have, over the years, encouraged good conservation work by submitting nominations to the program, these awards are widely acclaimed as the most prestigious recognitions of conservation accomplishment that are presented annually in our state."

Triche noted that, in keeping with tradition, Governor Jindal has endorsed the program.  She encouraged the public to make nominations.

Nominations are now open and will be accepted until February 1, 2011. The awards will be presented on March 19 at a special banquet held in conjunction with the 72nd annual convention of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the Alexander Fulton Hotel in Alexandria, Louisiana. Contact LWF for more details of the program, including rules, descriptions of award categories, a nomination form and tips on submitting a nomination are available, including a “model” nomination prospective participants can consult.

Those awarded for their accomplishments in 2009 were:

  • Bluesman Tab Benoit of Houma for using the stage and his music to convey the urgency and meaning of Louisiana’s rapid land loss to a national audience;
  • Scott A. Angelle of Breaux Bridge, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, for his guidance and leadership in the restructuring and implementation of the new Atchafalaya Basin Program;
  • Charles R. Caillouet, Jr. of Prairieville, president of the Friends of the Atchafalaya, for organizing and implementing an ambitious program of outreach and activities to involve citizens in the enjoyment and conservation of the Atchafalaya Basin;
  • The 6th, 7th & 8th-graders of the Lafayette Middle School Environmental Science Academy for recycling and habitat and species restoration projects;
  • Bob’s Tree Preservation Company for establishing the annual “Acorns of Hope” bicycle ride and community education program with the commitment of donating and planting 10,000 native live oaks over a 5-year period to restore hurricane-damaged habitat along the Louisiana coast;
  • Frank C. Rohwer, Ph.D of Baton Rouge, Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Louisiana State University for the comprehensive, student focused, results-oriented, modern-yet-traditional, challenging, stimulating, interesting, inspiring, instruction and mentoring by which he is educating the next generation of America’s wildlife scientists and conservation professionals;
  • The LSU AgCenter for its new series of entertaining, educational videos, “Wet Work” produced to catch the attention of middle and high school students and pique their interest in conservation and natural resource management work;
  • The LSU Coastal Roots Program for its ever-expanding, school-based, student-teacher collaboration in growing and planting trees, grasses and other plant species to restore habitat and storm buffering capacity to the land along Louisiana’s coast.

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide conservation education and advocacy organization with over 8,000 members and 25 affiliate groups. Established in 1940, it is affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation and represents a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, fishers, campers, birders, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts.


 
 
 
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