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 19 state and local affiliated clubs and 8,000 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 Triche

Executive Director

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.

Angela Hirstius

Angela Hirstius

Office Manager

Angela joined LWF in 2022 and offers years of experience managing an office for small businesses, including event planning, HR, and accounting. She has three children and enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family. Angela is a native of Baton Rouge.


Stacy Ortego

Coastal Policy Manager

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.

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Nicole Falkenheiner

Development Director.

Nicole Falkenheiner is a Louisiana native and professional fundraiser of more than 10 years. Nicole grew up in both St. Landry and Concordia Parishes and has a passion for all things wild in Louisiana. Nicole has previously worked with Dream Day Foundation, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Manship Theatre, and SocialWorx Institute. She graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Arts and Science and has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from UCLA. Nicole served as the IDEA Chair for the Baton Rouge Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals for 2022, and will be the acting Treasurer in 2023. She volunteers with the Capital Area CASA, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and Friends of the Animals. Nicole is honored to join the Louisiana Wildlife Federation as Development Director.


We greatly appreciate the service of our volunteer leaders

Executive Committee

Updated August 26, 2022

Isaac "Zac" Burson, IIIPresidentFriends of Red River NWR
Charles Williams2nd V.P.District 6 At-large
Mark ShurtzSecretaryAmerican Sportsmen Against Poachers
Barney CallahanTreasurerLWF Past President
Marty FloydRep. to NWFLouisiana Ornithological Society
Charles PfeiferExec. CommitteeOrleans Audubon Society
Robert "Bob" StewartExec. CommitteeLWF Past President
Paul WhiteheadExec. CommitteeDistrict 9 At-large Director


Sandra AshurstBoard MemberDistrict 3 At-large
Fred BorelBoard MemberDistrict 7 At-large
Leslie CalhounBoard MemberFriends of Black Bayou
Keonshae FreemanBoard MemberDistrict 1 At-large
Jonny FryarBoard MemberDistrict 8 At-large
John Michael KelleyBoard MemberDistrict 4 At-large
Terry LabordeBoard MemberDistrict 8 At-large
John MillerBoard MemberAt-large State Director
Larry RaymondBoard MemberShreveport Bird Study Group

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