The Louisiana organization earned this prestigious award because of its work to restore black bear habitats and populations. NWF presented the award at a banquet on May 17 during the Federation’s annual meeting in Keystone, Colo.
“It’s the dedication and commitment of groups like the Black Bear Conservation Committee that help ensure a wildlife heritage for our children,” said Larry Schweiger, President of the National Wildlife Federation.
“The Committee’s efforts have had a major impact on the recovery of black bear populations, and the National Wildlife Federation is grateful for their continued support and determination to make our world a better place. They understand the important connection between conservation and community, which has made their coalition of interest groups so successful.”
The Black Bear Conservation Committee formed in 1990 in response to the proposed placement of the Louisiana Black Bear on the Endangered Species List. The Committee consists of a coalition of universities, private landowners, conservation groups, forestry interests, and agricultural and energy industries. Using education, research, and management of populations and habitats, the coalition has seen great success as it reaches thousands of supporters each year.
Today, Louisiana Black Bear populations are rebounding, and the Black Bear Conservation Committee has proven itself to be an effective, solution-oriented organization. NWF is proud to nationally recognize the Committee’s efforts and its promise for continued success.
The National Wildlife Federation is a conservation organization dedicated to protecting wildlife.