The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) received a $250,000 donation this month from BP America Production (BP) to be used to offset operational costs of the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area.
"We commend BP in their efforts to assist the department with management and development of this valuable wildlife habitat," said LDWF Secretary Bryant Hammett.
In 2002, BP donated the 71,000 acres of wetlands and marsh land near Gueydan to the state. LDWF assumed management control in July 2005. A 14-member board, appointed by the governor, works with LDWF in an advisory capacity on site management issues. The Jan. 24 donation is the fifth annual payment of this size committed to by BP in connection with its donation agreement of July 2002.
Representing BP at the check presentation ceremony were Marti Gazzier, general manager, Government & Public Affairs Gulf Coast and Mid Continent, and Karl Connor, director, Government Affairs Louisiana and Mississippi.
For more information, contact Bo Boehringer, La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, ph. 225-765-5115 or Nicola Montorsi, BP America, ph. 281-366-0847.
From left to right: Marti Gazzier, general manager, B. P. Government & Public Affairs Gulf Coast and Mid Continent; Bryant Hammett, La. Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries secretary; Dr. Steve Linscombe, White Lake Property Advisory Board chairman; and Karl Connor, director, B.P. Government Affairs Louisiana and Mississippi.