What We Do
Now in its 4th decade, this program promotes volunteer and professional excellence in conservation work through recognition. Nominations are solicited from the public in 8 categories and the Governor's Award is selected from among the winners of each category. Recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a special banquet held in conjunction with the LWF's annual convention. Nominations are open each October. The program rules and nomination form are posted on the LWF website and are available from the LWF office (225/344-6707). Tips for crafting a nomination and what to include, steps to writing a good nomination and an example of a winning nomination are also posted on the LWF website. Read about the 2013 conservation award winners.
LWF Annual Convention
The Federation convenes a stimulating Annual Meeting each year, providing a forum and opportunity for LWF's affiliate' and individual members to establish policy and conservation objectives. Resolutions approved at the Annual Meeting can be found on LWF's Resolutions Database. The 2013 Convention was held February 22-24, 2013 in Baton Rouge. The 75th Annual Meeting will be in August 2014.
Legislation and Rulemaking
The LWF staff and volunteer leaders monitor and evaluate proposals that come before the State Legislature and agency rulemaking bodies that pertain to resource conservation and environmental quality. In some years over 3,000 bills are introduced, 300 of which will bear on the interests of the Federation and its members. These are carefully monitored so that LWF can provide an up-to-the-minute status report to members, the media and other interested parties. The Federation's Legislative Report is the most comprehensive synopsis of legislation pertaining to natural resources and the environment available.
Panels and Task Forces
LWF is called upon to participate on numerous panels, task forces and committees pertaining to natural resources and the quality of the environment. Among these are: the Louisiana Oilfield Site Restoration Commission, Groundwater Management Advisory Task Force, Habitat Advisory Panel of the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council, Management Conference of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Louisiana Pesticide Advisory Commission, White Lake Property Advisory Board, Saltwater Recreational Fishing Advisory Task Force, Hunting and Fishing Education Advisory Council.
Habitat Conservation/Outdoor Recreation
LWF is the leading advocate of habitat acquisition (from willing sellers) for refuges and wildlife management areas with emphasis on filling habitat gaps in travel corridors for black bears and migratory birds. The LWF was successful in its effort to have the management of the 71,000-acre White Lake wildlife area transferred to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the reopening of a portion of Elmer's Island to the public and is currently leading a campaign for the establishment of the Caminada Headland State Seashore on the Louisiana coast for conservation and public recreation purposes.