Conservation Awards

On April 27, 2019 LWF honored the recipients of the 55th Governor’s State Conservation Awards. It was a wonderful evening that honored not only the Conservation Award winners, but also the 2018 Youth Hunters of the Year!

If you are interested in learning more about the banquet and the awards recipients click here.

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners

Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year – Katherine Gividen
Volunteer Conservationist of the Year – Sherrill James Sagrera
Youth Conservationists of the Year – Audubon Nature Institute Youth Volunteer Corps
Corporate Conservationist of the Year - CITGO Petroleum Corporation
Conservation Educator of the Year – Thomas Christian Pearce
Conservationist of the Year - Elected Official – Senator Dan W. “Blade” Morrish
Conservation Organization of the Year – Baton Rouge Zoo FrogWatch

Congratulations to our 2018 Youth Hunter Winners

Female Hunter of the YearKynlee Buras
Male Hunter of the Year – Evan Alderson

Thank You to our Wonderful Sponsors


  • Cenac Towing Co. LLC

Wood Duck

  • Cabela’s
  • Clifford & Allyn Dukes

Roseate Spoonbill

  • Marsh Dog

  • Harlan Law Firm
  • Mary A. Van Kerrebrook
  • Barney Callahan

Barred Owl

  • Delacroix Corporation

  • East Ascension Sportsmen’s League

  • Rapides Wildlife Association
  • Bob and Norma Stewart
  • Friends of the Atchafalaya

Award Categories

Unique to the program: Beautiful statuettes featuring America's wildlife
Unique to the program: Beautiful statuettes featuring America's wildlife

Governor's Award

For outstanding overall conservation achievement. The Governor’s Award recipient is selected by the judging committee from among the category winners. Nominations are not accepted for this award.



For outstanding accomplishments by a person who, in a compensated professional capacity, has made a significant contribution to the management, enhancement, or protection of Louisiana’s fish, wildlife, air, water, soil or forest resources, or related recreational opportunities.



For outstanding achievement during the year in the management, enhancement, or protection of Louisiana’s fish, wildlife, air, water, soil or forest resources or related recreational opportunities by a person acting in a volunteer capacity.



For outstanding conservation work by a youngster (18 years of age or younger) or youth group. The winner should have demonstrated leadership and accomplishment in any phase of conservation.



For significant achievement by a business in pollution abatement, land use planning and management, conservation education/awareness, habitat stewardship including providing lands for wildlife conservation and public recreation, etc. (This category is to honor a company, not an individual person.)



For outstanding performance in conservation education by a professional or volunteer. Instructors of hunter safety and outdoor ethics are eligible in this category as are teachers of the natural sciences, fish and wildlife management, environmental design and management, various aspects of environmental education, etc. Emphasis should be on teaching and working with students or the public rather than on research or administration.


Elected Official

For outstanding conservation achievement by a local, state or federal elected official. All Louisiana elected officials, except the Governor, are eligible in this category.



For outstanding work by a writer, reporter, radio or TV broadcaster, photographer, artist, cartoonist, radio or TV station, newspaper, website or other publication in creating public awareness of the importance of environmental quality and natural resource conservation or making a significant contribution toward the solution of a major conservation problem in the state.



For outstanding conservation achievement by a state or local organization, including but not limited to civic organizations, environmental groups, sportsmen’s clubs, garden clubs, etc., in addressing significant natural resource management and environmental quality challenges. In special cases where government agencies or institutions have accomplished extraordinary work above and beyond their normal responsibilities, such organizations will be given consideration for

Program Rules and Procedures for 55th Annual Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Awards

1) Winners may not be named in every category. Recognition will be based primarily on accomplishments during 2018. Prior records may be considered, but this will be left up to the judges. Immediate past winners are not eligible to succeed themselves in the same category of accomplishment for which they were recognized the previous year.

2)  Nominations may be hand-delivered or sent by USPS mail or other delivery service to the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the address on the nomination form by the deadline of March 4, 2019.  Nominations may are submitted via the LWF website at

3) An essay of achievements should be attached to the nomination form for the nominee. The essay should describe the nominee’s accomplishments in 2018 (and previous years if relevant), including A) an explanation of their significance or impact and B) why the nominee’s accomplishments are important and worthy of recognition. The essay is required and should not exceed 3 single-spaced typed pages.  Information such as past recognition, organization memberships, etc. may be appended to the essay.  Documentation of accomplishments such as news articles, letters of support, photos, etc. should be included as a supplement to the essay. If a nomination is submitted for more than one category, a separate nomination form and complete essay must be submitted for each category entered. If available, please include a photograph of the nominee with the nomination and email to

4) Nominations that do not meet all standards and criteria will be returned to sender to be resubmitted with appropriate additions/modifications. Program judges may declare any nomination ineligible if proper documentation and supportive materials are not included. The decision of the judging committees will be final.

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