Nominations Open for State Conservation Awards

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) is accepting nominations for the 55th Governor's State Conservation Achievement Awards. The program recognizes those persons and organizations making outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare and environmental quality of their community, parish and the state. Nominations are accepted for conservation achievement in 2018 in eight award categories: professional, volunteer, business, educator, youth, elected official, communications and organization.

The nomination deadline is March 4, 2019. The awards will be presented on April 27, 2019 at a banquet at Ashley Manor in Baton Rouge. The awards themselves are handsome wildlife statuettes and are unique to the program.

The program recognizes significant efforts to conserve fish and wildlife resources, enhance opportunities for citizens to enjoy outdoor recreation, improve the quality of the environment, and/or educate and advocate on behalf of our natural resources in Louisiana.

"We encourage the public and our members to nominate an individual, organization or business demonstrating significant conservation achievement in 2018," said Rebecca Triche, executive director for Louisiana Wildlife Federation. "It's exciting to recognize and highlight what people are doing to protect and preserve Louisiana's natural resources."

In a statement of support for the annual program Governor John Bel Edwards said, "Recognizing that wise management of our State's natural resources is essential to the health, happiness, welfare and economic well-being of Louisiana's citizens, and understanding that proper recognition of conservation efforts promotes wise resource management and use, I fully endorse the concept of the Governor's State Conservation Achievement Awards Program as conducted annually under the auspices of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation."

More details about the program and a nomination form are posted on the LWF website at lawildlifefed.org. People may also call the LWF office, 225-344-6707, or email lwf@lawildilfed.org for more information.

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide conservation education and advocacy organization and represents a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, anglers, campers, birders, boaters, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.