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LWF Announces Winners Selected for 2014 Governor's State Conservation Achievement Awards Program
Robert “Bob” Love, LDWF Chief of Coastal and Nongame Resources, Selected for Top Conservation Award for 2014
(Baton Rouge, March 10, 2015) Robert “Bob” Love of Baton Rouge, Coastal and Nongame Resources Division Administrator for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), has been selected to receive the Governor's Award – Conservationist of the Year for 2014.
The award, a handsome statuette of a bald eagle, will be presented the evening of Saturday, March 28 at a festive banquet to be held at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge. The public is invited to attend and can purchase banquet tickets online at lawildlifefed.org.
The Governor’s Award is presented annually to the person or organization deemed to have made the most outstanding contribution toward the protection and wise use of the Louisiana’s natural resources among nominees submitted by the public. The selection for this and five other awards was made by a panel of independent judges with expertise in a wide range of conservation fields. The 51st Annual Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Awards program is hosted by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the awards are presented jointly with the National Wildlife Federation.
As a public servant at LDWF for the past 33 years, Bob Love has dedicated his career to wildlife conservation. His earlier work with LDWF included the successful restoration of the wild turkey and acquisition of nearly 80,000 acres of land for conservation across the state. In his current role as Administrator of the Coastal and Nongame Resources Division of LDWF, he has been instrumental in establishing the whooping crane restoration program in Louisiana and building supportive partnerships with the private sector. Love’s commitment to the restoration of the endangered whooping crane to its historic range and increasing public education and awareness in 2014 is being recognized with 2014’s Governor’s Award.
“The significance of bringing back the whooping crane to Louisiana and the collaboration across public and private sectors needed to protect and nurture this work was recognized by the judges this year,” said Rebecca Triche, LWF’s executive director.
Three other individuals, one business, and two organizations will also be recognized by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation for their outstanding conservation achievements last year. They are:
Chevron – For their partnership in LDWF’s Whooping Crane Public Education/Awareness Program to provide education materials to teachers and outreach to the public via media and events about the reintroduction of endangered whooping cranes in Louisiana. Currently in development is the Farmer Recognition Program, which recognizes the stewardship of farmers that support the repopulation effort by providing crane movement/nesting information to biologists.
Stacey Scarce of Lafayette – For her leadership in outreach and education, including successfully launching the Acadiana Master Naturalist program, of which she is President; and her work developing educational programs for the Acadiana Park Nature Station.
Adam and Lisa Willard of Bossier City – For their volunteer leadership since 2010 in reducing the amount of trash in Red River to improve its aesthetic qualities, remove hazards for recreational enjoyment, and restore wildlife habitat. In 2014 alone, they recruited nearly 300 volunteers to remove 7,400 pounds of trash from Red River.
LSU Ag Center’s Louisiana Master Farmer Program– For its role in educating and certifying 205 agricultural producers to address conservation and sustainability planning on their agricultural lands. In 2014 the program implemented the Master Farmer University for continued education. The program works in partnership with the US Natural Resources Conservation Service, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, and agricultural commodity groups, including the Louisiana Farm Bureau and the Louisiana Cattleman’s Association.
Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association of Lafayette – For raising awareness and encouraging action to protect water quality in the Bayou Vermilion Watershed. In 2014, the all-volunteer group hosted public seminars, convened a summit, conducted a teacher training session, and initiated a project to create an interactive story map using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) of the Bayou Vermilion watershed.
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide conservation education and advocacy organization. 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. www.LaWildlifeFed.org.
CORRECTION made on March 11, 2015 to change "Chevron U.S.A., Inc." to "Chevron"