What We Do
Celebrating its 50th year in 2014, this program promotes volunteer and professional excellence in conservation work in Louisiana 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. View a list of past recipients and those who have received the Governor's Award. Recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges and in 2013 were honored at a special banquet on March 29, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Nominations open in November of each year. 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. View photo montage of past award recipients and banquets.
LWF Annual Convention
The Federation convenes a stimulating Annual Meeting each year, providing a forum and opportunity for LWF's affiliates and individual members to establish policy and conservation objectives. Resolutions approved at the Annual Meeting can be found on LWF's Resolutions Database. The 75th Annual Meeting will be August 15-16, 2014 in West Monroe, hosted by Friends of Black Bayou NWR.
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. Typically, LWF follows dozens of bills 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.
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, Water Management Advisory Task Force, Management Conference of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Louisiana Pesticide Advisory Commission, White Lake Property Advisory Board, and 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.