Maybe Ducks Unlimited’s announcement honoring Don Dubuc to stand tall among six national winners in its 2016 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards is enough to honor all he’s done for those who live in Sportsman’s Paradise.
Nope, not here, because it’s difficult to wrap up Don’s many dedicated years in one award, even a national award.
His selection to receive the DU’s Communications Award was revealed Friday during the 81st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Pittsburgh.
“Don Dubuc has done more to create public awareness of environmental and resource-oriented issues across Louisiana than perhaps any other media representative,” DU Conservation boss Paul Schmidt said. “Because he truly understands the ramifications of coastal habitat loss and the need for short-term sacrifice for long-term gain, and because he has been reaching the very audience that must be willing to make that sacrifice for more than 30 years.”
So, if you don’t know Don (and you’d be hard-pressed to find an outdoorsman around here who doesn’t), Saturday morning’s dawn-busting “Outdoors with Don Dubuc” is a staple on five major radio stations in south Louisiana and one in Mobile, Alabama. His weekly segments for New Orleans TV stations, the latest WWL-TV, are legendary, as is his weekly co-host duties on “Paradise Louisiana,” and he’s written enough to stand tall as an author.
Congratulations old friend. Well deserved, and hope there are many, many more years to come.
It’s from The Bible that we learn “all things in moderation.” Can’t Mother Nature understand that?
Enough already! Enough rain! Enough water!
OK, so we know dry cycles are followed by wet cycles, and that’s the way Planet Earth has treated its inhabitants for millennia. We had the dry in our beloved state three years ago. It lasted for nearly three years.
But we’ve got enough water now to offset two, maybe three, of the past dry cycles.
After Friday’s chat with Ken Chaumont — he’s is the top man at Egret Lures in Lake Charles — Ken said half of his friends in his locale are battling flooded homes, camps and farms.
Anyone driving from north Louisiana talks about detours around flooded bridges and roadways.
And, around here, we know the perils of family and friends from Livingston Parish east to St. Tammany to the Pearl River, and the flooding in nearby counties in Mississippi.
It’s time for those of us not facing those challenges to help our brothers and sisters and their families.
Fishing’s not important today: Putting lives back together is, and whatever help you can provide, please do.
But please, pretty please, turn off the spigot. Please!