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Scott Angelle Is Professional Conservationist of the Year 

  The Louisiana Wildlife Federation, a Baton Rouge-based advocacy group, has announced that Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle is its Professional Conservationist of the Year. Angelle, who also serves as Gov. Bobby Jindal's legislative liaison, was presented the award for "his efforts to create a new focus and new framework for the work of preserving one of Louisiana's signature features — the Atchafalaya Basin." While the honor alone is noteworthy, it's also a family tradition of sorts. Angelle's father, J. Burton Angelle, was chosen as Professional Conservationist of the Year in 1973, when he was serving as director of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Scott Angelle worked with stakeholders and state legislators in 2008 to create an annual plan process for Basin projects based on the best available science and designed to make water quality and water management a top priority. The framework created in 2008 culminated in legislative approval of the Basin's first plan in 2009 and funding of $3.5 million. The second annual plan already has been drafted, and lawmakers will consider it in the legislative session that begins March 29. — Jeremy Alford

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