Joe Elder, owner of the Elder Wood Preserving Company of Mansura, received an appreciation award for donating wood to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. LDWF presented the award to Elder at today's Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in Baton Rouge.
Elder donated about $20,000 worth of plywood and lumber that was used by LDWF to build duck blinds and deer stands for LDWF's Youth and Physically Challenged Hunting Programs. By this hunting season, LDWF had constructed 19 wheelchair-accessible deer stands on five WMAs throughout the state and a handful of wheelchair accessible duck blinds on four WMAs.
"With Mr. Elder's donations, more physically challenged people will be able to participate in a sport they maybe used to enjoy and now will be able to enjoy again," said LDWF Physically Challenged Hunt Coordinator Mark Roy. "We went to Elder Wood Preserving Company looking for just a discount on the volume we were looking to buy. Joe wouldn't have any of that and decided to donate all of the wood for these hunting programs."
Elder knows how hard it can be for physically challenged people to find places to hunt, since he is wheelchair-bound himself from an injury suffered a few years ago.
"I still hunt, but I'm lucky in that I have my own land to use," Elder said. "A lot of handicapped people can't find a place to hunt. These stands open up hunting opportunities to handicapped people that wouldn't have the physical means to hunt otherwise. I hope this program continues and that next year we can do two or three more stands."
Roy included that, "Joe already owns his own set up on his land so he won't be utilizing the stands and blinds, but he is fired up to help with this program so that others can benefit."
Elder Wood Preserving Company treats southern yellow pine lumber for rot and decay and then sell it to retailers such as Lowes and Home Depot.
For more information, contact Mark Roy at 318-487-5888 or email@example.com.
From left to right, Mark Roy, Catherine Elder and Joe Elder.