Mike Carloss, an alternate on the Gulf Coast Prairie LCC Steering Committee and past vice-chair, has received the 2016 distinguished service award from the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), one of its 21st annual Coastal Stewardship Awards.
Coastal Stewardship Awards honor individuals and organizations who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the coast and have made significant contributions to the restoration and conservation of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
The 2016 winners fall into four categories: Distinguished Service, Coastal Stewardship, Friends of the Coalition and Volunteer of the Year.
Distinguished Service/Sue Hawes Memorial Award
Mike Carloss – Carloss is a native of Vermilion Parish who has a long history of conservation engagement in Coastal Louisiana, including more than 20 years with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. He has also worked for Louisiana Office of State Parks, USDA National Resources Conservation Service and as an adjunct instructor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He currently works with Ducks Unlimited, where he oversees the waterfowl habitat conservation in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley and the Gulf Coast. Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, he worked tirelessly on wildlife rescue response and his work was documented in HBO’s “Saving Pelican 895.” He has also been instrumental in planning, designing and constructing several CWPPRA projects.