About Our Foundation
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LAWFF) was created for the purpose of promoting Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and to encourage public conservation and enjoyment of our state’s natural resources. Upon its creation in December 1995, it was envisioned as a Foundation that would promote the welfare of LDWF, reflecting the belief that there was more to accomplish than governmental resources could cover. The proposed Foundation would support Department programs with additional resources developed through its own facilities.
Headquartered in Baton Rouge, the Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation is a nonprofit, public charitable foundation, tax exempt under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and so recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Its goals are to aid the Department in habitat conservation, youth recruitment, environmental education and training, natural resource research and management, and financial assistance to LDWF programs.
Some of our most cherished educational and youth recruitment programs include the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), where young hunters learn about outdoor skills and safety training, and the Archery in Louisiana Schools program (ALAS), which is designed to introduce students in grades 4-12 to international target style archery. Additionally, LWFF is proud to sponsor WETSHOP, a week-long, dynamic teacher workshop that allows teachers to work with educator-scientists to learn about Louisiana coastal wetlands, issues and history.
The Foundation also supports vital environmental and wildlife research programs, such as the Whooping Crane Reintroduction Project in Southwest Louisiana, and Youth Fishing Programs, where youth and families have the opportunity to fish and participate in educational activities. There are many worthwhile programs facilitated through LDWF and supported by the Foundation. To learn more, visit us at www.lawff.org.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation receives no funding from the State of Louisiana or the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and depends entirely upon contributions from individual and corporate donors. Encouraging support for LDWF programs is the major focus of the Foundation, accomplished by connecting people and businesses with Louisiana’s natural resources.