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Washington Chapter Awards

Please Consider Nominating a Coworker!!  See below for EASY process!

Here’s how you do it – pick up a pencil and paper (or laptop, smart pad, I-thingy, smartphone, tele-communicator, whatever) and send me a nomination – email is preferred.  The list of awards and nomination information is below.  My address is william_o_vogel@yahoo.com.  If you want you can even call me on the phone, (360) 528-9145, with questions or nomination ideas.

The Board of WA-TWS believes it is appropriate to recognize outstanding accomplishments by persons or organizations in the field of wildlife conservation.  Not all awards will be given every year; it will depend on nominations received from our members.  Our goal is to provide opportunities to encourage and recognize such achievement.

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 or non-native 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.

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.

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.

 

WA-TWS Award Categories

William H. Lawrence Special Achievement Award:  The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognizes an outstanding accomplishment by a person or organization for a specific task or project that has contributed significantly to wildlife conservation in Washington.  Mr. Lawrence was the first president of the Washington Chapter.

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.

Conservation Award:  The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognizes an outstanding accomplishment (program or project) by a person or organization 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 person or organization for significant management of property for the conservation of wildlife.

Partnership Award:   The Washington Chapter of The Wildlife Society recognizes an outstanding accomplishment by a person or organization 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 a person or organization 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 person or organization 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.

 

EASY Award Nomination Process

If you want to nominate an entity for any of these awards – IT’S EASY! – Just send a short note to the Awards Committee Chairperson (william_o_vogel@yahoo.com) with the information below.  If you want you can further strengthen your nomination by additional statements of support or by having another member do the same or second your nomination.  The Awards Committee will review all submittals.  If the nomination is successful we may ask for more information from you to help fully document the accomplishments and make award arrangements.

Nomination Information:  Please include the following information

Award Category{see category descriptions above}
Nominee:
Submitted by:
Seconded by:
Contact Information for persons submitting nomination:
Date Submitted:
Rationale{short description of most-pertinent accomplishments}

Committee members will assist those nominating a recipient in terms of providing technical assistance, and at times taking miscellaneous information and organizing it into a coherent nomination document.

 

Recent Recipients  (Since 2011)

William H. Lawrence Special Achievement Award: 

Rich Harris – 2017
Dan Varland – 2015
Elizabeth Roderick – 2014
Ken Berg – 2013
Kent Woodruff – 2011, 2018

Leadership in Conservation Award: 

Chris Loggers – 2018
John Fleckenstein – 2018
Woody Myers – 2017
Bruce Livingston – 2015
Harriet Allen – 2014
Jim Bottorff – 2013
David Brittell – 2011

Conservation Award: 

Rachel Maggi – 2018
Joe Engler – 2017
Heidi Newsome – 2017
Bud Anderson – 2016
Washington Department of Transportation – 2015
Betsy Howell – 2014

Stewardship Award:  

PacifiCorp – 2018
Tom and Cindy Beechinor – 2017
Yacolt Burn Sportsmen’s Club — 2015
Port Blakely Tree Farms – 2014

Partnership Award:  

Ted Thomas – 2017
Eyes in the Woods Program – 2016
Ken Bevis – 2015
Foster Creek Conservation District – 2014

Outreach Award:  

Port Blakely Tree Farms, LP — 2015

Foresight Award:  

Frithiof Teal Waterstrat – 2018
Dale Herter – 2017
Jeff Kozma – 2016
Jeff Lewis – 2015
Dave Hays, Ann Potter, Karen Holtrop – 2014

Chapter Award: 

Mike Hall – 2017
Bill Vogel – 2016
Mike Passmore – 2015
Joshua Benton – 2014