March 21, 2014 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Wildlife Division Biologist Fred Hagaman received the Louisiana Society of American Forester’s (LASAF) 2013 Outstanding Leadership Award at the group’s annual meeting in Monroe, La.
Hagaman, a Pineville resident, is a biologist manager in the LDWF Forestry Section and is responsible for the management of forest resources in the Gulf Coastal Plain Ecoregion of the state. He began his career with the Forestry Section in 1998 overseeing forest management of Bayou Pierre, Little River, and Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). He now oversees the management of forest resources and associated wildlife habitat on twelve WMAs, as well as maintaining the statewide WMA forest resource database.
Hagaman served as 2013 State Chair of the LASAF where he promoted forest conservation and sustainable forest management at many levels, including his participation at the SAF National Convention in Charleston, S.C.
The LASAF is a professional organization whose members are responsible for the management of Louisiana’s forest and natural resources. The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.
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Photo caption: Louis “Buddy” Vanhoof, 2014 Chairman of the Louisiana Society of American Foresters, presents the 2013 Outstanding Leadership Award to Fred Hagaman (right).