Seeking Nominations for 2022 Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards
Each year the North Carolina Wildlife Federation presents the prestigious Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards, an effort to honor individuals, governmental bodies, organizations, and others who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina. These are the highest natural resource honors given in the state. By recognizing, publicizing, and honoring these conservation leaders—young and old, professional and volunteer—the North Carolina Wildlife Federation hopes to inspire all North Carolinians to take a more active role in protecting the natural resources of our state.
The nomination period for the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards is open through July 5, 2022. Complete all fields of the official nomination form below. Awards will be presented at a gala banquet on Sept. 10. Award recipients will receive an artist-designed statuette and certificate.
Recipients from 2021 included a renowned sea turtle biologist, educator and policy expert; an advocate for waterfowl hunters and wetlands conservation; an attorney fighting for water quality and environmental justice and a business centered on increasing diversity in the outdoor industry and on the trail by making the outdoor recreation more accessible to under-represented communities. Read about 2021 award winners.
We’re looking for Conservation Heroes!
CONSERVATIONIST of the Year
Overall outstanding effort and achievement in any field of
natural resources conservation.
WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST of the Year
Accomplishments in the management, study, or restoration of wildlife, fisheries, or habitat.
SPORTSMAN OR SPORTSWOMAN of the Year
Exemplary efforts by an individual to encourage good sportsmanship and/or outdoor ethics.
LAND CONSERVATIONIST of the Year Outstanding effort by individual, organization, or agency in the arena of land conservation, such as private or public land acquisitions, management, or conservation.
WATER CONSERVATIONIST of the Year
Outstanding effort by individual, organization, or agency in the arena of water conservation, such as water pollution control, stream/river protections, wetlands and/or estuarine protections, or aquatic wildlife conservation.
FOREST CONSERVATIONIST of the Year
Outstanding effort by individual, organization, or agency
CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION of the Year
Outstanding accomplishment by an organization in affecting a particular issue during the year, or for raising awareness about conservation and/or wildlife habitat.
LEGISLATOR of the Year
Outstanding effort by a member of the North Carolina legislature in support of conservation.
BUSINESS CONSERVATIONIST of the Year
Outstanding effort by any firm, business, or industry that has displayed an unwavering commitment to conservation or the public’s ability to enjoy natural resources.
NATURAL RESOURCES AGENCY OR SCIENTIST of the Year
Outstanding effort by any local, state, or national agency responsible for managing natural resources, OR by an individual working for governmental agencies, educational institutions, or related enterprise.
WILDLIFE VOLUNTEER of the Year
Outstanding effort by a citizen volunteer in the service of North Carolina’s wildlife and wild places.
PUBLIC LANDS CONSERVATIONIST of the Year
Outstanding effort by a citizen volunteer or non-profit organization in the service or protection of North Carolina’s public lands.
NCWF CHAPTER of the Year
Outstanding effort by member chapter in one or more of the follow- ing areas: wildlife habitat, environmental education, youth participation, and/or community involvement in conservation issues.
AFFILIATE of the Year
Outstanding support effort by NCWF affiliate.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR of the Year
Outstanding effort by individual or organization to advance environmental education in the classroom or the public sphere.
YOUNG CONSERVATIONIST of the Year
Outstanding conservation effort by a person under the age of 25.
- Complete all fields of the official nomination form below.
- Include a resume of achievements or nomination essay explaining why the nominee deserves the award. Upload nominee’s resume if available, and information about the nominee’s affiliations, past recognitions, and other references for substantiation. Full documentation is needed by the Awards Committee—the only information the Awards Committee will have is what you provide. Please be particular about the specific acts on which the nomination is based.
- Deadline for receiving nominations is July 5, 2022. Contact Sarah Hollis at [email protected] or 919-833-1923 with any questions.
*The Awards Committee reserves the right to place nominations in the appropriate categories as the case may arise. In the case of insufficient nominations in any category the Awards Committee reserves the right not to name a category winner.