CATAHOULA PARISH (KNOE 8 News) - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a resolution at its September 3 meeting to rename the Sicily Island Hills Wildlife Management Area for distinguished legislator, farmer and outdoorsman J.C. “Sonny” Gilbert.
The change comes at the urging of State Senator Francis Thompson and the Louisiana Legislature, which passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 83 at its Regular Session earlier this year. The resolution urged and requested LWFC to make the change to honor Gilbert’s memory.
“It is my honor to have played a role in honoring this distinguished man’s memory,” said Sen. Thompson. “Senator Gilbert was an incredible public servant and his dedication to his state and country serves as an example for us all.”
Gilbert served three consecutive terms in the Louisiana State Senate from 1960 to 1972, and was elected to a single term in the House of Representatives in 1972. He also served on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission from 1976 to 1982, and as chairman the last two years of that term.
A U.S. Army veteran who served in World War II, Gilbert was a Wisner High School graduate, attended Northeastern Junior College, now known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and Louisiana State University.
The WMA consists of 7,524 acres located six miles west of Sicily Island, La. Major access routes to the WMA are La. Hwys. 8 and 915.