Washington Chapter: Awards
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For the purposes of these awards by WA-TWS, Wildlife Conservation is defined as: Conservation of wildlife populations, wildlife habitats, and natural-resource values that support wildlife and their habitats. “Wildlife” includes all mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and plants that compose the native biodiversity of the region. It can also include management of introduced species when the result is beneficial to native wildlife and habitats. “Conservation” includes research; science-based evaluation, assessment, and planning; inventory; monitoring; management; law enforcement; furthering the understanding of the principles of ecology and wildlife management; and advocating sound wildlife stewardship. “Management” includes actions to maintain or enhance habitats, populations, or natural processes affecting populations and habitats, as well as the responsible control of individuals or populations of wildlife or addressing invasive species.
A Letter from our Bill Vogel
If you know someone who fits this description: makes a substantial contribution to conservation, does more than they need to, uses foresight and anticipation to address problems early, shows their dedication, makes valuable contributions, works with partners, etc. ….you may want to consider nominating them for one of our awards.
Please also note that some awards are limited to WA-TWS members, some are limited to professional biologists, but we also have awards for landowners and other organizations – it depends on the particular award. If you know of a deserving person or organization, but are not sure how their accomplishments fit with our award categories, please call me. Feel free to share this message with people outside WA-TWS; we want to learn about deserving people. Once identified, we can find WA-TWS members to help with those nominations.
Here’s how you do it – pick up a pencil and paper (or laptop, smart pad, I-thingy, smartphone, telecommunicator, whatever) and send me a nomination – email is preferred. The list of awards and nomination information is in our current newsletter. My address is email@example.com. If you want you can even call me on the phone, (360) 528-9145, with questions or nomination ideas.
Existing WA-TWS Awards
Special Achievement Award: The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognizes an outstanding accomplishment by a professional wildlife biologist for a specific task or project that has contributed significantly to wildlife conservation in Washington.
Leadership in Conservation Award: The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognizes a long-term contribution to the field of wildlife conservation. This award honors a person or organization that has made sustained and significant contributions over many years to wildlife conservation.
New WA-TWS Awards
Conservation Award: The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognizes an outstanding accomplishment (program or project) by an organization, municipality, county, company, and/or individuals for significant contributions to wildlife conservation, including efforts involving outstanding initiative, innovation, and personal risk of failure.
Stewardship Award: The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognizes an outstanding accomplishment (program or project) by a landowner or group of landowners for significant management of their property for the conservation of wildlife.
Partnership Award: The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognizes an outstanding accomplishment by one of its members for working with and establishing partnerships that otherwise would not have existed or functioned as well without their initiative, and which has resulted in significant advancement of wildlife conservation.
Outreach Award: The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognizes an outstanding accomplishment by one of its members for outstanding efforts in providing educational opportunity to school children, user groups, or the general public related to wildlife conservation, including wildlife biology, habitat, threats, and wildlife-management principles.
Foresight Award: The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognizes an outstanding contribution by a professional biologist for outstanding foresight and efforts to address conservation of species and/or habitat in a timely manner. For instance, endangered or threatened species listing decisions and conservation can be aided by information collected and efforts initiated prior to the when the urgency is well understood or publicized. This includes initiating monitoring, research, or enhancement projects prior to a species reaching levels or legal status where such actions are necessary.
Chapter Award: Awarded to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the support and growth of the Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society.
If you want to nominate an entity for any of these awards – IT’S EASY! – Just send us a short note (firstname.lastname@example.org) and have another member do the same or second your nomination. If you want you can further strengthen your nomination by statements of support. If the nomination is successful we may ask for more information.
Title of Award:
Contact Information for persons submitting nomination:
Harriet Allen – Leadership in Conservation Award, 2014
Port Blakely Tree Farms – Stewardship Award, 2014
Betsy Howell – Conservation Award, 2014
Dave Hays, Ann Potter, Karen Holtrop – Foresight Award, 2014
Joshua Benton – Chapter Award, 2014
Foster Creek Conservation District – Partnership Award, 2014
Elizabeth Roderick – Special Achievement Award, 2014
Jim Bottorff – Leadership in Conservation Award, 2013
Ken Berg – Special Achievement Award, 2013
David Brittell – Leadership in Conservation Award, 2011
Kent Woodruff – Special Achievement Award, 2011