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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: To promote conservation of Louisiana’s wildlife and natural resources, LWF educates outdoor enthusiasts and interested citizens through programs, including Conservation Leadership Corps and Academics Afield to engage college-aged young adults; Conservation Achievement Awards Program to annually recognize individuals, organizations and businesses; Youth Hunter of the Year Awards to encourage recreation and respect for the outdoors; and the LA Camo Coalition to advance coastal restoration efforts. LWF also participates in rulemaking by monitoring state agency action and debates at the state legislature while providing critical input from the conservation community through its leadership and network of volunteers who participate on commissions and task forces. LWF membership includes 18 state and local affiliated organizations and 6,437 members. LWF frequently collaborates with other organizations on priority issues. LWF measures its work by the number of participants in programs, members and donors, participation in commissions and task forces, and the types of regulations and laws that enhance long-term conservation measures for Louisiana’s resources. LWF has a long history of defending wildlife habitat and winning advances for conservation and the environment. LWF was the leading voice to establish the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to help remove politics from wildlife management, and the constitutional amendment dedicating the Conservation Fund for the operation of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to stabilize funding sources. Recent notable achievements include advocating for protection of Elmer’s Island which is now open to the public, for constitutional protection of the Artificial Reef Development Fund, which won passage by Louisiana’s voters in 2014, and for protection of the Sabine Oyster Reef in 2018. Visit our website’s “History & Accomplishments” page to read a more in-depth summary of LWF’s rich conservation history!

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

Geographic areas served: Louisiana

Programs: Recognizing achievement in conservation through our Conservation Achievement 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; Recruit and train college students as new hunters through the Academics Afield program

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with LWF since I was 8 years old. First, because of the BP spill and then for coastal restoration. I have always been a proud volunteer for LWF because of the good work they do at the Capitol and in the field. I'm in college now and still ready to head out at the drop of a hat if LWF tells me something's come up and they need my help. Great agency, great work.

Marissa Rabalais T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has been involved with Louisiana Wildlife Federation for as long as I can remember. We've been glad to stand up with this organization at the State Capitol, speaking with them to protect and preserve Louisiana habitats and conservation. Any time something comes up in legislation that will affect wildlife, Rebecca gives us a head up so we're aware and can lend a helping hand. LWF lets nothing slip through the cracks!

1 Ann Bloxom S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My organization, Friends of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, is a longtime affiliate of LWF, and I'm a lifelong member. I've always been proud of the work LWF does within the state, advocating for the wildlife, plants, and natural habitat, as well as for those people who enjoy and conserve these important resources. Further, for several years I've observed LWF as it's worked with NWF to conserve and build back our coastline.

Among the educational programs supported by LWF is the Conservation Leadership Corps, an opportunity for students to learn how to be conservation leaders. One of the Friends' newest board members is a college student who recently completed that program, so I have some idea of how effective it is.

Another program that's had a huge effect is the annual awards event. The Friends of Black Bayou is still proud of its Governor's Award, and several of our members still treasure their individual awards as educators and volunteers. These awards mean a lot to people who care about the wildlife of our state.

Finally, as a former representative to LWF, I learned a lot about state issues, especially those that involved LDWF or the Legislature. I am glad there's an organization that specifically observes and positively affects those statewide issues.

I appreciate the work done by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation in multiple capacities. I support the organization for the role they serve in advocating for the protection of native wildlife and habitat in Louisiana. I was honored to be a member of the Board for several years and work with dozens of educated and passionate individuals working in unison for the betterment of wildlife and public opportunities to enjoy the many natural treasures within our state.

As an Executive Director of Woodlands Conservancy, an affiliate organization of LWF, I have had the pleasure of working closely with staff and other affiliates to advocate for the protection of Louisiana’s natural resources. Woodlands Conservancy was honored to have been recognized by LWF as the 2006 Conservation Organization of the Year which served to bring increased awareness to our land trust organization's mission. Working with LWF's resolution process through their annual meetings brought additional credibility and support for the efforts to protect our remaining forested wetlands. Those resolutions have supported the acquisition and protection of over 800 acres of critical resident and migratory bird habitat in the Greater New Orleans area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a member of the LWF Conservation Leadership Corps, and they truly made an impact on me with the amount they care. They are constantly providing resources and opportunities for me to get involved and gave me an expanded knowledge on what was going on around me. My involvement with LWF has created a better understanding and appreciation for the endless work they put in to make Louisiana better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation is an amazing organization, taking on crucial initiatives needed to conserve LA's natural resources and wildlife. Through their conservation corp, I received the necessary exposure to outreach, policy development, and regulation that I needed to become an advocate for stewardship and environmental remediation in the Gulf South.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

LWF is an amazing source for information, networking, and communicating with others interested in conservation. There are too many people, subjects, and industries to name, but LWF was able to feature a wide array of guest speakers and topics related to Louisiana’s conservation efforts. It was great to get to know other students across the state from who were interested in these topics and to learn more about potential careers in this field. My experience with this nonprofit was inspiring.

1 Zac B.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Louisiana WIldlife Federation staff and volunteers have worked successfully for many decades to promote good stewardship of the wildlife and of the land, air, and water of our state. They have worked successfully with very diverse groups of stakeholders to protect our natural resources so that they can benefit and be enjoyed by both current and future generations. They have also worked to engage the next generation of leaders in conservation, hunting, and fishing to carry that work forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved the LWF program. It was an educational experience that enhanced my skills and knowledge in conservation and helping in making a change to wildlife in LA and of course the world. I would definitely recommend it for any student that is interested in these topics! As an animal science major, it made me see how conservation plays a lot in the habitat of an animal, but even just as a person, it made me realize how many difficulties the world of conservation has, and what i could do to help make a change to conserve the world that will last many futures to come.

3 Abby S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student at LSU, who joined CLC. This organization has given me so many opportunities throughout my relationship with them. They are helpful, communicative, organized, and driven. Highly recommend working with this group, they make an impact.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to get involved with LWF with their Conservation Leadership Corps program, which allowed me to understand some of the key challenges that our state officials, non-profits, and volunteer groups face when addressing pollution in our waterways.

1 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

1 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.

1 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.