White Bear Lake, MN –  Wildlife Forever is proud to announce Julia Luger, of  El Portal in California, as their new Education and Communication Director. Luger brings extensive knowledge of Environmental Education and communication talent after having recently served as an Environmental Science Educator for Nature Bridge working in Yosemite National Park.

As a native to Minnesota, Julia’s expereience with youth and her conservation knowledge will be invaluable for the expanding State-Fish Art Program. Her leadership will be utilized while working with state and regional coordinators. As a certified naturalist, Julia is an avid outdoors person and is often found hiking, camping and fishing.

“I am excited to help Wildlife Forever grow capacity for educational outreach and develop strong communication assets. I know the value of programs such as the State-Fish Art Contest and it’s ability to build stewardship. I am looking forward to continuing to expand the program and it’s impact on the future of conservation,” said Luger.

Pat Conzemius, President and CEO said, “Julia’s passion will serve her well as we grow this unique youth recruitment program complimenting the conservation vision with partners like Bass Pro Shops and the U.S. Forest Service.”

About State-Fish Art:The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest™, presented by title sponsor, Bass Pro Shops, and supporting partner, the U.S. Forest Service, celebrates over 20 years of bringing children, adults and aquatic conservation together through the Arts! To enter, young artists create an original art illustration of any official State-Fish and an essay detailing its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On!, the State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, combining the disciplines of science and art. Entries are always due on March 31stVisit www.StateFishArt.org

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As a non-profit, 501c3 charity, for over 30 years, WF supporters have donated millions of dollars in all 50 states plus Canada, to conduct fish, game and habitat conservation projects. By investing resources on the ground, recent audits reveal 94% of every dollar supports our conservation mission. Please Join Today!  To become involved and learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.