Nominations Sought For Top State Conservation Awards

(November 30, 2012 – BATON ROUGE, LA) The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) is accepting nominations for the 49th 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 the community, parish and state. There are eight award categories for which nominations can be made. They are: professional; volunteer; business; educator; youth; elected official; communications and organization.

Nominations will be accepted until January 21, 2013. The awards will be presented on February 23, 2013 at a special banquet held in conjunction with the 74th annual convention of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge, La.

“The Federation’s Conservation Awards program has been endorsed by Louisiana’s sitting Governors since 1964 during the McKeithen administration and continues to be widely acclaimed as the most prestigious recognition of conservation accomplishment in our state,” said Barney Callahan, chairman of LWF’s Conservation Awards Program. Callahan added, “The awards themselves, handsome statuettes of majestic wild animals, are unique to the program and highly coveted by all who receive them. We invite the public to help us recognize those individuals, organizations and businesses who demonstrate significant achievement in their efforts to conserve fish and wildlife resources, to enhance opportunities for all of our citizens to enjoy the outdoors, to improve the quality of the environment, and to educate and advocate on behalf of our natural resources in Louisiana.”

More details about the program are posted on the LWF website at Interested people can also call the LWF office, 225-344-6707, or email for more information.

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide conservation education and advocacy organization with more than 10,000 members and 27 affiliate groups. Established in 1940, it is affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation and represents a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, anglers, campers, birders, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Contact: Rebecca Triche, 225-362-9007 (cell),

Nomination form can be downloaded here: