Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham received the Jerry Stone Conservationist of the Year Award from the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Louisiana at the group's state convention on March 1 in Lafayette.
Barham, a life-long resident of Oak Ridge, served as a State Senator for Louisiana's 33rd District from 1994 to 2008. In the Senate, he served as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and was a member of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee, the Senate Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Retirement Committee, and he served as a member of the Legislative Rural Task Force. Barham also previously served as chairman of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee for eight years.
The award, presented by CCA Louisiana for over 15 years, was re-named three years ago after one of its founding members and a former Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission member, the late Dr. Jerry Stone, who helped spearhead the conservation movement in Louisiana. The award recognizes leadership in the area of marine conservation.
Among the past recipients of this honor are then-Congressman and current Governor, Bobby Jindal, former Governor Mike Foster, former LDWF Secretary Jimmy Jenkins, former state Rep. Warren Triche, former state Sen. Don Cravins and the late Sen. John Hainkel.
For more information, contact, Bo Boehringer, La. Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, at 225-765-5115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.