About Louisiana Wildlife Federation
Since 1940, LWF is conserving Louisiana's natural resources and your right to enjoy them
Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) is the Bayou State's leading organization of sportsmen and conservationists with 20 state and local affiliated clubs and 7,400 members. It represents a broad constituency of hunters, anglers, campers, birders, boaters and other outdoor-oriented citizens.
The mission of Louisiana Wildlife Federation is to be the voice for Louisiana's wildlife and natural resources. The vision is that Louisiana is once again a thriving wildlife paradise. The work relies on these principles: conserve Louisiana's natural resources with emphasis on fish and wildlife and their habitats; advance sound, scientifically-established resource management principles; and engage outdoor enthusiasts through education and advocacy.
Perhaps best known for its pioneering role in the establishment of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, and the constitutional amendment dedicating the Conservation Fund for the operation of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Wildlife Federation has a long history of defending habitat and winning advances for conservation and the environment. A more recent achievement is advocating for the opening of Elmer's Island to the public that resulted in the State's Elmer's Island Wildlife Refuge. Louisiana Wildlife Federation also called for stronger protection for the Artificial Reef Development Fund that resulted in voters passing a constitutional amendment in 2014.
Louisiana Wildlife Federation's staff and volunteer leaders are working hard on a number of conservation fronts. Here are a few examples of these ongoing efforts:
Louisiana Wildlife Federation is the chief advocate for fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation on the State Water Policy Advisory Task Force, a body established by the Legislature to guide the development of water management policy and planning for Louisiana.
With continued Louisiana Wildlife Federation involvement and support, the state's Atchafalaya Basin Program has moved forward with projects and plans to enhance recreational opportunities and improve water quality through water management.
The Federation also played an important supporting role in convincing national conservation/environmental organizations to view the loss of the Mississippi River Coastal Delta as a national environmental issue worthy of more emphasis in their agendas.
Louisiana Wildlife Federation is addressing the negative impacts of feral hogs by calling for a coordinated, planned approach.
Louisiana Wildlife Federation is encouraging the review of forestry practices in the coastal zone to ensure the sustainability of this important element of the ecosystem that serves as a line of defense against coastal erosion.
Louisiana Wildlife Federation supports farm conservation and land management programs to reduce the runoff of nutrients responsible for the growing "Dead Zone" in the Gulf of Mexico.
Louisiana Wildlife Federation monitors legislative proposals concerning natural resources conservation and environmental quality, provides representation before the Louisiana Legislature and the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, and reports on the status of legislation to its members and the outdoor media in an effort to keep the public updated on rules, regulations and legislation that can impact the natural resources, environment and recreational opportunities in the state.
Louisiana Wildlife Federation is represented on numerous panels, committees and task forces pertaining to natural resources conservation and the quality of the environment including the Pesticide Advisory Commission, the Atchafalaya Trace Commission, the Water Management Commission, the Water Advisory Task Force, the Management Conference of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, and the Louisiana Oilfield Site Restoration Commission, among others.
Louisiana Wildlife Federation continues to be in the vanguard of conservation and environmental policy in our state. Our future enjoyment of the outdoors in the "Sportsman's Paradise" can continue only with grassroots support from citizens like you. Please JOIN US!
Meet Our Staff & Board
Our team is dedicated to Louisiana, LWF, and you
Rebecca has been Louisiana Wildlife Federation's executive director since 2012 and previously worked for several non-profit organizations in Louisiana, the US Department of State and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Kazakhstan). Rebecca holds a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from LSU. She grew up in Ascension Parish.
Before joining LWF in 2016, Laura previously worked for the Louisiana Conference Office of the United Methodist Church. She and her husband, Roy, managed a family hardware business for more than 20 years. She has two sons who are both firefighters. Laura received an associates degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Before becoming outreach coordinator, Stacy was previously an intern at LWF and office manager. She completed two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayettein Business Administration and in Biology. She’s also worked as a wildlife rehabilitator and has done field work in the Atchafalaya Basin, Lake Pontchartrain and the Everglades. She is a native of Sunset, Louisiana.
Board of Directors
We greatly appreciate the service of our volunteer leaders
Updated May 1, 2020
|Ryan Schaefer||President||La. Trappers and Alligator Hunters Assoc.|
|Zac Burson||1st V.P.||Friends of Red River NWR|
|Charles Williams||2nd V.P.||At-Large State Director|
|Mark Shurtz||Secretary||American Sportsmen Against Poachers|
|Clint Mouser||Treasurer||New Orleans Power Squadron|
|Barney Callahan||Exec. Committee||LWF Past President|
|Marty Floyd||Exec. Committee & Rep. to NWF||Louisiana Ornithological Society|
|Bob Stewart||Exec. Committee||Friends of Grand Isle|
|Paul Whitehead||Exec. Committee||District 9 At-large Director|
Board of Directors
|Fred Borel||Board Member||District 7 At-Large|
|Leslie Calhoun||Board Member||Friends of Black Bayou|
|Gloria Dedmon||Board Member||District 5 At-Large|
|Sydney Finn||Board Member||Rapides Wildlife Association|
|Willie Fontenot||Board Member||Friends of the Atchafalaya|
|Jonny Fryar||Board Member||District 8 At-Large|
|John Miller||Board Member||At-Large State Director|
|Charles Pfeifer||Board Member||Orleans Audubon Society|
|Larry Raymond||Board Member||Shreveport Bird Study Group|
|Peter Smith||Board Member||District 1 At-Large|
|Ralph Tureau||Board Member||District 6 At-Large|