Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation receives $100,000 grant; plans to assist Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries youth program

Baton Rouge, La. -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation has received a $100,000 grant from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation which the organization will use to assist the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to train volunteer instructors to teach youth about fishing and conservation.

The LAWFF’s grant will focus on the LDWF’s Aquatic Volunteer Instructor Program (VIP) which will use the grant assistance to train some 60 instructors to help the agency reach a larger number of youth this year.

“The LAWFF financial assistance will help us increase our classroom activities and aquatic education events,” said Danica Williams, LDWF Biologist Program Manager, who administers the VIP program. “Success will mean more individuals being confident as they participate in the outdoors, especially fishing.”

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said, “We appreciate the significant cooperation that we get from LAWFF and the Pennington Foundation toward our mission of educating young people about fishing and how they can help conserve the abundant natural resources of our state for the next generation.”

The LAWFF is a nonprofit that helps fund and generate support for LDWF programs. Persons interested in becoming a volunteer instructor should visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ldwf-volunteer-programs or contact Alayna McGarry at amcgarry@wlf.la.gov .

Missy Fox