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LWF to Celebrate 74th Convention in Baton Rouge, Public Invited
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Conservation groups, sportsmen, environmentalists and natural resource management professionals from throughout Louisiana will convene the weekend of February 22-24 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) will hold its 74th Annual Convention. The event will be hosted by LWF Affiliate, American Sportsmen Against Poachers, and the public is invited to attend.
The convention opens on Friday, February 22 with a Wildlife Soiree featuring dinner and live music by The Wildlife Band. Local humorist Jimmy Little and State Representative Clay Schexnayder will emcee. The social event starts at 7pm and includes dancing, special presentations, raffles and a silent auction to raise funds for the LWF's conservation education and advocacy work. Admission to this event is $40 and the public is invited to join LWF members, supporters, convention delegates and other guests for a fun evening.
State Senator Gerald Long, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, will be the special guest speaker at the Board of Directors Luncheon on Saturday, February 23 at which Federation officers will be elected for the new term. Tickets to the Luncheon are $20 and the public is welcome to attend.
A wildlife photography workshop, which is free and open to the public, will feature presentations from local professional photographer Joey Bordelon and avid amateur photographer Father Gerald Burns. The session will be held from 3 - 4:30pm on Saturday, February 23. Both photographers will talk about their years of experience in outdoor and wildlife photography, recommend places in Louisiana that offer excellent opportunities for outdoor photography, share their tips on photographing wildlife, show beautiful photos, and Bordelon will explain how to get good shots using various cameras available whether from a camera phone or higher end gear.
A highlight of the convention will be the Saturday evening presentation of the 49th annual Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards at a festive banquet honoring two individuals, three organizations and a business for outstanding accomplishments in 2012. The awards, handsome statuettes representing different wildlife species, are highly regarded as the top symbols of conservation achievement that are presented annually in Louisiana. Dr. Rex Caffey, Director of the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy at Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter, will emcee the banquet which begins at 7 PM, preceded by a 6 PM reception. Banquet tickets are $45.
At the meeting of delegates on Saturday morning, Federation members will discuss and vote on 14 resolutions that have been proposed for adoption by LWF affiliates and directors. Subjects of the resolutions range from Atchafalaya Basin water management and removing Basin bass fishing limits, to addressing the feral hog population increase, black bear management, adding trash to the list of waterway impairments, addressing the proliferation of Asian carp in Louisiana waters and coastal restoration issues. A complete list of proposed resolutions is available on the LWF website at www.lawildlifefed.org. The resolutions are scheduled for debate on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. to noon in five Conservation Committees and debate will resume after the board luncheon.
Those not participating in convention business meetings are invited to take part in the "Spouses Tour" on Saturday. Participants will visit the Louisiana State Museum in downtown Baton Rouge and enjoy lunch at a local seafood restaurant.
The convention will close on Sunday morning after final action by the General Assembly of Delegates on the resolutions that were adopted by the conservation committees on Saturday. For more information about LWF’s convention, contact the LWF office at 225-344-6707 or visit the website at http://www.lawildlifefed.org/content.cfm?new=405&id=177
LWF’s Convention Sponsors are Shell Pipeline Company, LP; Inspection Point Seals, LLC; East Ascension Sportsman’s League; Land Trust for Southeast Louisiana; Red River Waterway Commission; T. Baker Smith, LLC; Edgar Veillon; Volks Constructors, LLC; Bayou Federal Credit Union; Fred and Linda Borel; Barney and Donna Callahan; Floyd ECOnsultants, LLC; Douglas and Diana Harris & JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Clint and Virginia Mouser; Keith and Cindy Saucier; State Representative Clay Schexnayder; and Shamrock Energy Solutions.
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide conservation education and advocacy organization with more than 10,000 members and 27 affiliated groups throughout Louisiana. Established in 1940, it is affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation and represents a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, fishers, birders, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts.