Louisiana Wildlife Federation recently presented conservation awards to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding work in 2019.
The 56th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards program is hosted by Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the awards are presented jointly with National Wildlife Federation.
The following awards were presented to the recipients at an outdoor setting with social distancing protocols in place:
Volunteer Conservationist of the Year for 2019 to Ryan Lambert of Luling on October 2, 2020 for his activism in support of coastal restoration in Louisiana.
Conservation Educator of the Year 2019 to Wendy Rihner in New Orleans on September 27, 2020 for launching the Native Plants for Birds education campaign with Orleans Audubon Society.
Conservation Organization of the Year 2019 to Giant Salvinia Control Patrol in New Orleans along Bayou St. John on September 27, 2020 for organizing a community effort in 2019 that removed the invasive species Giant Salvinia from Bayou St John.
Youth Conservation Organization of the Year 2019 to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) Program in Minden on September 30, 2020 for teaching nearly 23,000 Louisiana students from more than 200 schools across the state the inclusive sport of Olympic archery.
Youth Conservationist of the Year for 2019 to Eric Vanbergen of Lafayette that was presented in Baton Rouge on September 28, 2020 for his leadership in promoting native plant and coastal prairie restoration at his school, Ascension High School in Youngsville.
Conservation Communicator of the Year for 2019 to Emma Reid that was presented in Baton Rouge on September 28, 2020 for writing and producing the documentary “In the Blind.”
Coming up: The presentation to Edison Chouest Offshore for Corporate Conservationist of the Year 2019 once hurricane season calms down again.
Sponsors of the 2019 Conservation Achievement Awards Program include Cenac Marine Services, LLC; Clifford and Allyn Dukes; Rapides Wildlife Association; Barney Callahan; Bob and Norma Stewart; and Clint and Virginia Mouser.
On July 9, 2020 Louisiana Wildlife Federation and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries presented the Louisiana 2019 Youth Hunters of the Year Award to Hagen Reitzell of Zachary (female winner) and Douglas Frey of Prairieville (male winner)