Former LDWF Biologist Allan Ensminger Honored By Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Release Date: 06/11/2019

Marilyn Ensminger (front row, center) holds the resolution approved by the LWFC honoring her husband Allan Ensminger.
Allan Ensminger

June 11, 2019 – The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a resolution honoring former Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) biologist Allan Ensminger during its month meeting June 6. Ensminger, who served in several capacities at LDWF for 30 years, died in January.
Ensminger’s wife, Marilyn, was at the meeting along with other members of the family to accept the resolution.
Ensminger began his career at LDWF in 1954 and served until 1984 when he retired. He started at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish performing wildlife research. During his career, he was part of LDWF’s effort to restore the American alligator, the brown pelican and the bald eagle among other species.
He also served as Chief of LDWF’s Fur and Refuge Division, supervising several coastal refuges and wildlife management areas.
Ensminger was known for being among the first scientists to document the status of Louisiana’s coastal marshes and recognizing that coastal land loss was occurring.
Following his retirement at LDWF, he formed a consulting business, Wetlands and Wildlife Management Company, that provided services to large wetland owners in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama.