Michael Balboni, Forest Supervisor of Kisatchie National Forest will receive the Professional Conservationist Award from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) on February 23 at the annual LWF convention in Baton Rouge.

Michael Balboni, Forest Supervisor of Kisatchie National Forest will receive the Professional Conservationist Award from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) on February 23 at the annual LWF convention in Baton Rouge.
Balboni is a native of Florida and has been with the U.S. Forest Service for 35 years.
Over Balboni’s tenure, he has worked at five different national forests across the United States.
For the past four years, he has been Forest Supervisor at Kisatchie National Forest.  In this time he has accomplished a multitude of conservation projects including: a partnership with the Rapides Parish School Board to create a “green” school, Caroline Dormon Junior High in Woodworth; the restoration and clearing of Saline Bayou a Wild and Scenic River which had been blocked by hurricane debris; the restoration and designation of natural prairies on the Winn Ranger District as state registered natural areas; a partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for the very first “Bird Dog Training Area” on national forest land; strong support of the management of the red-cockaded woodpecker, an endangered species found on the KNF and extra protection for the threatened Louisiana pearl shell mussel.  
The Professional Conservationist Award is one of the most coveted awards given by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF).  The LWF is a state-wide conservation education and advocacy organization with more than 10,000 members and 27 affiliate groups. Established in 1940, it is affiliated with the National Wildlife Federation and represents a broad constituency of conservationists including hunters, fishers, campers, birders, boaters, and other outdoor enthusiasts.