The Louisiana Department of
Wildlife and Fisheries formally honored Richard K. Yancey on Friday, Nov. 8
with the unveiling of the new headquarters sign at the Concordia Parish
wildlife management area that now bears his name.
The Louisiana Wildlife and
Fisheries Commission adopted a resolution in May to rename the Red River-Three
Rivers Wildlife Management Area in honor of Yancey, a distinguished
conservationist and LDWF administrator for many years.
"All who enjoy state
wildlife management areas should be thankful for the service provided to this
agency during his tenure,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham as he addressed
present and former department employees and members of the Yancey family. “He
saw the need for preserving land as habitat for our native fish and wildlife
species and public outdoor recreation access, as well.”
Yancey, who passed away in
March at age 88, was a former assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department
of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) whose career at the department spanned 31
years between 1948 and 1979.
Yancey began as a field
biologist and progressed to project leader, becoming the LDWF’s first Waterfowl
Study Leader. He was promoted to chief of the Fur and Refuge Division,
assistant director of Wildlife and then assistant secretary of the Office of
Over the length of his career, which included service as executive director of
the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Conservation, Yancey served on the
Executive Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (State,
Provencial and Federal Agencies of Canada, the US and Mexico), as chairman of
International Treaties Committee and Migratory Wildlife Committee, as chairman
of the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions and president of the
Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
He also served as chairman of the Mississippi Flyway Council Regulations
Committee and Technical Committee and Flyway Council, and was co-chairman of
the Tensas Conservancy Coalition, instrumental in the establishment of the
Tensas National Wildlife Refuge and Big Lake Wildlife Management Area, to be
preserved in perpetuity.
Yancey was also the recipient of many international, national and state awards
including National Wildlife Federation’s 1980 Wildlife Conservationist of the
Year in the U.S. for outstanding contributions to the wise use and
management of the Nation's natural resources, the Ducks Unlimited Outstanding
Service Award in 1970, the La. Outdoor Writers Conservationist of the Year in
1969, the LSU Forestry Alumni of the Year Award in 1969, and the 1963
Governor's Award for Outstanding Professional in Louisiana presented by the
Louisiana Wildlife Federation.
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