Baton Rouge -- U.S. Senate candidate Foster Campbell has earned the endorsement of the Sierra Club and 22 of Louisiana’s most well-known environmental and conservation leaders just a week before a major gathering of environmental leaders at a coastal issues forum for Senate candidates.

"We are confident that Foster Campbell will work to protect Louisiana families’ health, air and water, to build an energy economy that works for our state," said Haywood “Woody” Martin, chair of the Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club. The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest member-led environmental organization, with 2.4 million members. Martin said the club’s 4,000 Louisiana members and supporters are eager to get to work for Campbell.

"We will contact voters on his behalf and speak publicly about his record of public service.  We want Foster in the U.S. Senate fighting for improved public health and our environment," said Martin.

Martin was 1 of 22 environmental and conservation leaders who individually declared their support for Campbell alongside the Sierra Club.  The 22 leaders from throughout the state are associated not only with the Sierra Club in Louisiana but also with:

  • The Audubon Society
  • The Louisiana Wildlife Federation
  • The Black Bear Conservation Coalition
  • The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
  • The Louisiana Bucket Brigade
  • Friends of the Atchafalaya
  • The Louisiana Environmental Action Network
  • Restore Louisiana Now

John Barry of New Orleans, Restore Louisiana Now founder and author of the acclaimed book on the 1927 flood, “Rising Tide,” said he endorsed Campbell because the Public Service Commissioner from North Louisiana “tried to move mountains for us” when Barry led a campaign to restore the coast.

"My concern is preserving the coast and preserving Louisiana's way of life,” Barry said.  “Every politician talks a good game about it, but few have the courage to do something about it. I've supported both Republicans and Democrats who do more than just talk.  In this race Foster Campbell has proven he has the guts to do the right thing, and not just talk the right thing."

As a state senator, Campbell authored legislation creating the Louisiana Black Bear and Bobwhite Quail license plates to fund preservation efforts, restricting billboards on Interstate 49, and giving incentives to landowners to protect wildlife.  He is a well known advocate for meaningful coastal restoration policies and energy solutions for Louisiana people and the Louisiana economy.

The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana will host the upcoming U.S. Senate Candidate’s Forum on October 6th at 6 p.m. at LSU’s Union Theater in Baton Rouge. Invitees include the top six candidates in the race.
The full list of individual environmental endorsers is listed below.  The reference to their affiliated organizations is for identification purposes and is not intended to imply an endorsement by the organization.


  • John Barry, New Orleans, author of “Rising Tide” and founder of Restore Louisiana Now
  • Marylee Orr, Baton Rouge, founder and executive director, Louisiana Environmental Action Network
  • Harold Schoeffler, Lafayette, chair of the Lafayette group of the Sierra Club, former member LA Audubon Council, founder of Save Our Coast
  • Oliver Houck, New Orleans, professor of law at Tulane University and noted author on environmental law
  • Casey DeMoss, New Orleans, executive director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy
  • Willie Fontenot, Baton Rouge, assistant for environmental affairs for former Attorney General Billy Guste
  • Bill Herke, Baton Rouge, retired LSU coastal marsh biologist, board member of Louisiana Wildlife Federation
  • Zac Burson, Haughton, Louisiana Wildlife Federation district vice president, president of Friends of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Don Edwards, Keatchie, noted Louisiana wildlife artist
  • Charles Williams, Greenwell Springs, Louisiana Wildlife Federation at-large director
  • Paul Davidson, Clinton, executive director, Black Bear Conservation Coalition
  • Darrell Hunt, Baton Rouge, environmental lobbyist
  • Randy Lanctot, Baton Rouge, former executive director, Louisiana Wildlife Federation
  • Paul Templet, Baton Rouge, former LSU professor of environmental studies, former secretary, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Anne Rolfes, New Orleans, founding director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade
  • Haywood "Woody" Martin, Lafayette, chair, Sierra Club Delta Chapter in Louisiana
  • Jonathan Henderson, New Orleans, founding president, Vanishing Earth
  • Charles Fryling, Baton Rouge, LSU Landscape Architecture professor, president, Friends of the Atchafalaya
  • Barry Kohl, New Orleans, president, Louisiana Audubon Council
  • Edgar Veillon, Metairie, executive committee member of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Commission
  • Murray Lloyd, Shreveport, founding member, Black Bear Conservation Coalition
  • Mark Davis, New Orleans, instructor in water law at Tulane University and former executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana


Ira Wray