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Local man named Volunteer Conservationist of the Year 2019

LULING — Ryan Lambert of Luling was recently recognized as the Volunteer Conservationist of the Year 2019 for his activism and support in coastal restoration in Louisiana.

The Louisiana Wildlife Federation presented the award Oct. 2 in St. Charles Parish. Conservation awards recognize outstanding contributions toward the protection, wise use and enjoyment of Louisiana’s natural resources among nominees submitted by the public.

Lambert has hosted numerous meetings and wetland tours to educate local and national media, and state and national leaders for more than a decade. As owner of Cajun Fishing Adventures, Lambert offers his experience working daily in the coastal wetlands of Plaquemines Parish but goes far beyond by volunteering with several organizations to educate sportsmen and women about restoring Louisiana’s coast. He has been featured in numerous media stories, including the documentaries “Last Call for the Bayou” and “In the Blind” and is an active partner in creating a wetland restoration project at Bay Denesse that is expected to restore 2,550 acres of marsh.

Other recipients of Louisiana Wildlife Federation conservation awards included the following: Giant Salvinia Control Patrol for Conservation Organization of the Year 2019, Wendy Rihner of New Orleans for Conservation Educator of the Year 2019, Emma Reid of Baton Rouge for Conservation Communicator of the Year 2019, Eric Vanbergen of Baton Rouge for Youth Conservationist of the Year 2019, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) Program for Youth Conservation Organization of the Year 2019, and Edison Chouest Offshore for Corporate Conservationist of the Year 2019.

Sponsors of the 2019 Conservation Achievement Awards Program include Cenac Marine Services, LLC; Clifford and Allyn Dukes; Rapides Wildlife Association; Barney Callahan; Bob and Norma Stewart; and Clint and Virginia Mouser.

Louisiana Wildlife Federation is a statewide nonprofit organization representing a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, anglers, campers, birders, boaters, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.