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Veteran Louisiana Reporter and Author Honored for Environmental Work

Mike Dunne Receives America's WETLAND Conservationist of the Year Award

The America's WETLAND Foundation today announced the winner of the first ever America's WETLAND Conservationist of the Year Award - Mike Dunne, veteran reporter with the Baton Rouge Advocate and author of America's Wetland: Louisiana's Vanishing Coast.

The Award will be presented to Dunne during a ceremony beginning at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at the Port of New Orleans. The award presentation is a part of Storm Warning III, an event that signals the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season and calls attention to the danger caused by the continuing loss of Louisiana's coastal wetlands.

The America's Wetland Foundation has established the award to annually honor an outstanding Louisiana citizen who proves a strong commitment to Louisiana coastal restoration through work or volunteer activities.

"Receiving this award from the America's WETLAND Foundation is truly an honor," said Mike Dunne. "I firmly believe in the consequence of the work I do, and it has been a natural for me to help sound the alarm about the importance of saving our wetlands."

Through Dunne's work at the Baton Rouge Advocate and the book he authored with photographer Bevil Knapp published in 2005, thousands of readers have learned about the ecological and cultural ramifications of Louisiana's continued wetland loss.

"Mike has been reporting about the importance of saving coastal Louisiana for decades," said R. King Milling, Chairman of the America's WETLAND Foundation. "His no-nonsense approach to reporting on the issue of coastal land loss, and his continued focus on the environmental issues surrounding its loss, have helped our cause immeasurably. I will be honored to present him with the award," Milling said.

Over the years, Dunne's reporting has won numerous awards on state, regional and national levels. He is a two-time winner of the Scripps-Howard Edward Meeman Award given annually for the best environmental writing in the nation, in 1987 with fellow reporter Bob Anderson and again in 1999. He is an active member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has conducted workshops for journalists in Latvia, Estonia, Zambia, Hungary and Slovakia as well as in the United States. He is an adjunct instructor in the Manship School of Mass Communications at LSU, his alma mater.

The America's WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana's history, raising public awareness of the impact of Louisiana's wetland loss on the state, nation and world. The America's Energy Coast initiative works to sustain the environmental and economic assets of the Gulf Coast region. The initiative is supported by a growing coalition of world, national and state conservation and environmental organizations and has drawn private support from businesses that see wetlands protection as a key to economic growth. For more information, visit or

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