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Louisiana Wildlife Federation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: To be the voice of Louisiana’s wildlife and natural resources.

Results: Out of the conservation movement sweeping the US in the mid-1930s to early '40s, Louisiana Wildlife Federation was formed in 1940. An early priority was to establish the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC), which was achieved in 1952. During the 1960's, LWF emphasis shifted more to habitat issues, including halting the channelization project proposed for the Atchafalaya Basin and establishing the State's conservation and recreation plan. The Federation has been successful in promoting habitat acquisition throughout the state including the establishment of the Tensas River, Atchafalaya, Bogue Chitto, Bayou Cocodrie, Black Bayou Lake, Mandalay, and Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuges as well as several state wildlife management areas. LWF played a major role in establishing the Louisiana Natural and Scenic Rivers Program. In 2014, LWF led the charge to add protection of streambeds from habitat destruction by off-road vehicles. LWF was the lead organization in founding the Operation Game Thief Program in 1983 and mandatory hunter education and firearm safety for young hunters. LWF successfully initiated adoption of a constitutional amendment to dedicate the Conservation Fund for fish and wildlife management purposes. LWF led in the establishment of Louisiana’s Artificial Reef Program in 1986. In 2013, LWF called for legislation to strengthen protection of the state’s Artificial Reef Development Fund, which was successfully passed by voters in 2014. In the 1980s, LWF achievements included 1) charging civil penalties against persons destroying fish and wildlife resources illegally; 2) establishing the Wildlife Habitat and Natural Heritage Trust to accumulate funds for habitat acquisition projects; and 3) conserving redfish and speckled trout through a moratorium on commercial harvest for recovery efforts. LWF led in the creation of the Wild Louisiana Stamp/Print program and legislation creating a recreational fishing license. In 1991, LWF led in establishing the Pesticide Advisory Commission. LWF introduced legislation to protect box turtles by prohibiting their harvest for commercial sale. In 2004, LWF led in the amendment of Louisiana’s Constitution to guarantee the right of every Louisiana citizen to hunt, trap and fish, now and forever. LWF worked for seven years to establish the 1400 acre Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge for public use, opened in 2009. Since the 1980s, LWF has been a key champion and partner in the efforts to address Louisiana's continued coastal land loss. LWF helped lead in passage of the state's most comprehensive coastal master plan to date in 2012. LWF worked to promote passage of the RESTORE Act in 2012 to address impact from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Target demographics: conserve and protect Louisiana's wildlife and habitat

Direct beneficiaries per year: 21 affiliate organizations

Geographic areas served: Louisiana

Programs: education on recreational use and habitat preservation; recognizing achievement in conservation with an annual awards program; developing policy to monitor natural resource management; engaging future change-makers through the Edgar Veillon Conservation Leadership Corps; partnering with the National Wildlife Federation to increase wildlife habitat and protect pollinator species through the Garden for Wildlife program

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ryan S S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ive been associated with lWF Since 2012. This organization is a fine example of one hand washing the other. With a broad constituency of affiliate organizations that represent every facet of outdoor and conservation minded activities, they truly are the states leading conservation organization. As president of an affiliate, we have called upon LWF for help when legislative challenges have sought to limit our rights under the Louisiana constitution. LWF is always willing to go the extra mile to support its constituents. After seeing first hand the manner in which this organization operates, I became a member of its Board and have worked my way up through its executive ladder.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been associated with LWF for more than 30 years and have seen the great work this organization does in habitat preservation and natural resource conservation. The staff is highly knowledgeable and keeps informed about current conservation topics across the state, or the globe. Anything affecting our land, water, air or wildlife, chances are LWF is on the job protecting it today and for future generations.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is one of the original conservation organizations in Louisiana (founded in the early 1940s). When they take on an issue, they stick with it for the long haul. For example, they were an originator of the State scenic streams program, which recently celebrated its 50th year, and throughout the life of the program have monitored, checked, advocated for, and protected the streams in the program. When ATVers riding the beds and banks of the streams threatened them, LWF took on the "river riding" groups and the lax administration that allowed the activity to grow to the point where major damage was being done to the streams' scenic and ecological values. Over virulent opposition, LWF promoted new regulations that were adopted forbidding ATVs being ridden in scenic streams. This is one example of LWF's perseverance and effectiveness. LWF is also heavily involved in support of restoration of Louisiana's coastal wetlands, best management practices of public lands including hunting and fishing regulations, and ecosystem sustainability in the face of global warming.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LWF is dedicated to our wildlife, land, and environment. They are constantly working hard to get legislature passed to improve natural habitats for our wildlife and coastal restoration for our state. LWF continues to educate the youth and general public with programs and classes concerning many different environmental topics. I was fortunate to participate in the 2019 Edgar Veillon Conservation Leadership Corps with LWF. The information I received is of great value to me career wise as well as on a personal level. This organization truly cares about their mission and is definitely a great asset to Louisiana!

Board Member

Rating: 5

A phenomenal group supporting habitat use and preservation for us all.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a retiree of LDWF. I have known this organization for many decades. They have always been on the frontline of natural resource issues. Dedicated, professional and experienced people doing great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to learn the inter working of police work in the Louisiana government and even saw the governor speak at coast day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was part of the EV-CLC and it was incredible! I learned so much about conservation of our coasts and wildlife protection areas and the legislative processes behind conservation. We had fantastic mentors, guest speakers, and fellow program participants. I am so honored to have been a part of it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LWF provides an invaluable contribution to the community in engaging Louisiana's residents in policy advocacy that benefit game and non-game species. Their organizational structure is efficient and effective at delivering conservation wins for Louisiana.

PC_Nola

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LWF is always very knowledgeable on the issues, and very responsive. Thank you LWF for all you do for Louisiana.

Maegan L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LWF helped me become a better person for the future as a Conservationist through EV-CLC. Because of this program I have a better understanding of policy and legislation.