Nominations sought for top conservation awards

LWF program recognizes individuals and groups for conservation efforts.

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is now accepting nominations for the 48th Governor’s State Conservation Achievement Awards, which recognizes those individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare and environmental quality of the community, parish and state.

“These awards are widely acclaimed as the most prestigious recognitions of conservation accomplishment that are presented annually in our state,” program chairwoman Rebecca Triche said.

There are eight award categories for which nominations can be made:

• Professional
• Volunteer
• Business
• Educator
• Youth
• Elected official
• Communications
• Organization.

“We encourage people to nominate individuals, organizations and businesses who have gone above and beyond 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,” Triche said.

Triche noted that, in keeping with tradition, Gov. Bobby Jindal has endorsed the program and encouraged the public to make nominations.

Nominations will be accepted until Feb. 1.

The awards will be presented on March 10 at a special banquet held in conjunction with the 73rd annual convention of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation in Covington.

More details of the program, including rules, descriptions of award categories, a nomination form, tips on submitting a nomination and a model nomination submittal are posted on the LWF Web site.

More information also can be obtained by calling 225.344.6707.