Highlights from the LWF Annual Meeting in August in Lafayette

LWF President Zac Burson presented the 2022 President’s Cup to board member Charles “Charlie” Pfeiffer for his leadership as chair of LWF’s Avian Conservation Committee. In the past year, Charlie also brought forward discussion and collaboration for LWF’s consideration about the proposed One Lake project on the Pearl River and further recovery of Whooping Cranes, including regulatory issues, among several key discussions on endangered or threatened birds and their habitat. He represents Orleans Audubon Society on LWF’s board of directors. Thanks Charlie! LWF relies on its members to get active in leadership and help us stay engaged.

Aaliyah Hameed and Madelyn Helm spoke to LWF leaders about their experiences with the Edgar Veillon Conservation Leadership Corps and answered questions about continuing to engage young people in conservation work. These amazing college students are among the growing group of young adults LWF is gathering to mentor and encourage lifelong commitment to conservation leadership wherever their paths may lead. The program will be recruiting another cohort group for 2023.

John Hanks with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries provided an engaging update on the recovery of Louisiana Black Bears and attendees learned how research and data is collected in the field.

LWF passed two resolutions that you can read on the website as linked below.

Resolution 1: SUBJECT:  Opposition to Siting of Commonwealth LNG Export Terminal at the Mouth of Calcasieu Pass to Protect Threatened Eastern Black Rail

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Louisiana Wildlife Federation is opposed to the approval of the proposed project siting of Commonwealth LNG at the mouth of Calcasieu Pass due to compelling concerns about damage to the threatened Eastern Black Rail, wildlife habitat, and the coastal environment.

Resolution 3: SUBJECT: Commendation for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Louisiana Wildlife Federation commends the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and R. King Milling for their unyielding commitment to develop a better Louisiana through restoration of our coast.

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