To be the voice of Louisiana’s wildlife and natural resources.
Louisiana is once again a thriving wildlife paradise.
- Conserve Louisiana’s natural resources with emphasis on wildlife and their habitats
- Advance sound, scientifically established resource management principles
- Engage outdoor enthusiasts through education and advocacy
Our Strategic Priorities
Promote and Defend Louisiana’s Habitats
Louisiana’s wildlife depends on healthy, sustainable habitats that are increasingly vulnerable to climate change, shifting land uses and urban development. To reverse declines in the state’s native plants and animals and sustain long-term biodiversity, we must support and promote ecosystem-level conservation management priorities. Addressing coastal land loss is vital to recreational and agricultural
interests and the state’s more than $1 billion per year seafood industry. Conserving native pine and coastal forests are essential to protecting not only wildlife but significant economic drivers in local communities.
Lead in Protecting our Most Precious Resource: Water
Louisiana’s reputation as Sportsman’s Paradise is integrally tied to the abundance of bayous, rivers, lakes and wetlands in our state that support the diversity of wildlife species and the natural resources we enjoy. Our citizens need clean water to drink and agriculture and manufacturing industries depend on our abundance of water, too. Over time, many of our water bodies and aquifers have been degraded, and often diminished, as a direct or indirect consequence of human use. The effects from pollution, overuse, and lenient regulation can have severe and permanent impacts on wildlife and recreational use. We must be a leading voice in protecting and conserving the quality and quantity of our state’s waters to sustain healthy wildlife populations, which is compatible with sustaining communities and a dynamic economy.
Advocate for Conservation Funding
The crisis facing our nation’s fish and wildlife is daunting. More than one-third of all species in the United States are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered unless we proactively implement on-the-ground conservation measures. To reverse the decline in wildlife in Louisiana specifically, we must have adequate resources to support the agencies entrusted with managing our natural resources and engage in opportunities for conservation in the private sector. As the voice for Louisiana’s wildlife, we will advocate for increased and more sustainable funding for conservation.
Build Strong Volunteer Leadership
Good nonprofit governance focuses on the processes for making and implementing decisions that will continue to advance an organization’s principles and mission, providing strategic leadership to a nonprofit organization. Louisiana Wildlife Federation’s dedicated volunteers are one of the organization’s critical assets. We must continue to strengthen the governance structure and leadership pipeline for years to come.
Grow and Stabilize Revenue
Louisiana Wildlife Federation needs to grow and stabilize its revenue base to be an effective champion for wildlife conservation. This will take focus, strategy, and effort by both board and staff. Elevating the public profile of the organization will be key in attracting new supporters.
Louisiana Wildlife Federation has a successful history of legislative wins and programmatic collaborations with key agencies and groups. Yet the organization’s name is unrecognizable to the average Louisiana resident. In order to grow the organization’s reach and revenue, it must raise its visibility through increased marketing and communications.