Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards

We’re looking for Conservation Heroes!

The Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards honor individuals, associations, businesses and others who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina. By recognizing, publicizing and honoring these conservation leaders – from professionals and volunteers to young conservationists and lifelong conservation heroes – 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 awards committee is comprised of qualified and dedicated conservationists who review all nominations and select the winners.

Award nominations may be made by using the Online Nomination Form, by downloading and completing the Official Nomination Form and submitting it with supporting documentation by e-mail attachment to awards@ncwf.org or by mailing a hard copy of the completed  Nomination form and supporting documentation to: NCWF Awards Committee, 1024 Washington Street, Raleigh, NC 27605.   

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Click here to Download the Official Nomination Form.

Award Categories

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 in the arena of forest conservation or the conservation of forest wildlife.

MARINE RESOURCES CONSERVATIONIST of the Year ~ Outstanding effort by individual, organization, or agency in the conservation of marine resources.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR of the Year Outstanding effort by individual or organization to advance environmental education in the classroom or the public sphere.

YOUTH CONSERVATIONIST of the Year ~ Outstanding conservation effort by a person under the age of 18.

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 following areas: wildlife habitat, environmental education, youth participation, and/or community involvement in conservation issues.

AFFILIATE of the Year ~ Outstanding support effort by NCWF affiliate.

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation first presented its conservation awards in 1958. With the approval of the Governor, the annual program was designated as the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards – the highest natural-resource honors given in the state.

View pictures from last year's Awards banquet.

Meet our past winners and members of the North Carolina Conservation Hall of Fame

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North Carolina Conservation Hall of Fame

Governor's Conservation Achievement Awards

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Dr. Fredrick S. Barkalow, Jr.

Turner W. Battle

Dr. Roland P. McClamroch

Clyde P. Patton

Stanton Inscoe

Walter McNairy

Hugh G. Chatham

Macy L. Hoyle

Frank E. Copeland

James P. Yount

Charles R. Shaw

Chester W. Arnold

Phillip H Bracewell

L.A. Dixon

Rex Gary Schmidt

Wayne Bailey

Dr. Thomas Quay

Margaret C Nygard

Thomas W. Reese

James W Dean

John Lentz

Bryan Upchurch

Ross O. Stevens

Duane Raver, Jr.

Eddie Bridges

John Runkle

John E. Pechmann

Fred Stanback

Dr. F. Eugene Hester

William E. (Bill) Holman

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