Conservation Awards

Submit Your Nomination for the 56th Louisiana Wildlife Federation Conservation Achievement Awards Online!

Nominations due Monday, March 9, 2020

Self-nominations are welcome as are those submitted by others. Nominees are encouraged to cooperate in providing adequate background information in support of their nomination.

Top Award: Outstanding Conservationist of the Year 2019 (selected from among the winners of the categories by the judges so nominations are not accepted for this category)

Award Categories

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

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

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Outstanding Conservationist

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

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Professional

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.

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Business

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.)

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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.

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Organization

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

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Volunteer

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.

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Educator

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.

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Communications

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.

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Youth

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

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Youth Organization

For outstanding conservation work by a youth group. The winner should have demonstrated leadership and accomplishment in any phase of conservation.

Program Rules and Procedures for 2019

1) Winners may not be named in every category. Recognition will be based primarily on accomplishments during 2019. 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 submitted via the LWF website at lawildlifefed.org or may be hand-delivered or sent by USPS mail or other delivery service by the deadline of March 9, 2020 to Louisiana Wildlife Federation at 337 S Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. An email with all relevant documents may also be emailed to lwf@lawildlifefed.org.

3) An essay of achievements for the nominee, not to exceed 1500 words, is required. The essay should describe the nominee’s accomplishments in 2019 (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. 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.

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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