State conservation award goes to LSU AgCenter

Linda Benedict, LaBauve, Randy  |  2/26/2010 9:40:35 PM

The LSU AgCenter has been named 2009 Conservation Communicator of the Year in the 46th annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Recognition Program. This is one of several awards given by the Governor’s Office to top conservation organizations and individuals. The awards and presentation event are conducted by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

The award was for the video series “Wet Work,” which was produced for the AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach program. The videos, along with other program materials, have been delivered to hundreds of educators and tens of thousands of students.

“Winning this award is further validation of the impact our wetlands educational program has on the youth of Louisiana,” said 4-H Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach program director Ashley Mullens.

The Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach program is a statewide environmental enrichment curriculum that teaches students about critical wetland issues, introduces them to restoration technology and challenges them to become knowledgeable environmental ambassadors for the state of Louisiana.

The wetland outreach program is funded primarily by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration. Other curriculum sponsors are America’s Wetland Conservation Corps, Louisiana Sea Grant, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development.

Randy LaBauve

(This article was published in the winter 2010 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)

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