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2022 Award Nominations

The Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society presents awards annually when worthy nominations are submitted for: the Charles E. Harris Professional Wildlifer Award, the Special Recognition Award, and the Randall B. Smith Emerging Leader Award. Please consider nominating someone, or a group, for these awards. To do so, please download and fill out the form below:

ICTWS Award Nomination Form

Completed nomination forms should be sent to jim.white@idfg.idaho.gov no later than January 31st, 2022.

The awards committee will meet prior to the next annual meeting to consider the nominations. There are many hard-working, deserving chapter members and non-chapter people and groups who might be honored by these awards. Please consider your co-workers and colleagues and take the time to submit a nomination or two.

Thank you,

Jim White
ICTWS Awards Committee

Award Descriptions

The Charles E. Harris Professional Wildlifer Award honors professionals in wildlife management. It is given to demonstrate outstanding contributions to Idaho’s wildlife resources as appreciated by one’s peers. The award is meant to recognize outstanding professional contribution and promote public understanding of significant wildlife management accomplishments in Idaho.

The Special Recognition Award, is intended to honor any person or group who has made an outstanding contribution within the state of Idaho to wildlife conservation, management, science, or conservation education; or the wildlife profession; or to a specific area of endeavor, species, community, ecosystem, or region. Any person or group who has made such a contribution in the last 3 years is eligible for this award.

The Randall B. Smith Emerging Leader Award is intended to honor a professional with five (5) or less years of experience in wildlife conservation, management, or research in Idaho who demonstrates exceptional initiative, leadership skills, and commitment to the field. The Award is in memory of Randy Smith, who trained and mentored many young wildlife professionals throughout his career.

Charles E. Harris Professional Wildlifer Award

Year Recipient
2021 Don Kemner
2020 Lisette Waits
2019 Wayne Wakkinen
2018 Rita Dixon
2017 Paul Makela
2016 Tim Shelton
2015 Terry Thomas
Eric Yensen
2014 Wayne Melquist
2013 Dave Musil
2012 Jerry Hugo
2011 Mike Scott
2010 Randy Smith
2008 Chuck Harris
2005 Craig Groves
2002 James Peek
2001 E. O. (Oz) Garton
2000 Chuck Trost
1999 Allan Thomas
1998 Chuck Peterson
1997 Lloyd Oldenburg
1996 Ernie Ables
1994 Andy Ogden
1993 Tom Hemker, Kerry Reese
1992 Jack Connelly
1991 Geoff Hogander
1990 Jerry Conley
1989 Jay Gore
1988 Alan Sands
1987 Elwood G. Bizeau
1983 Jim Peek
1982 Larry Wilson
1981 Lonn Kuck

Special Recognition Award

Year Recipient
2021 Krista Biorn
2020 Deniz Aygen
2019 Charlie Justus
2018 Mark Gamblin, Jim Mende, Dave Teuscher, Don Jenkins, Paul Wackenhut, and Gregg Servheen
2017 Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
2016 Alana Jensen
Katherine Cousins
2015 Intermountain Bird Observatory
2014 Beth Paragamian and Kerry Reese
2013 Jack Whitman
2012 Diane Evans Mack
2011 Colleen Moulton
2010 Al Larson “Bluebird Man”
2009 Pattie Soucek and Chans O’Brien, Payette National Forest
2006 Teton Regional Land Trust
2006 Jack Connelly, Steve Knick, Mike Schroeder, and San Stiver
2005 Lava Lake Land and Livestock Co.
2004 Shoshone Basin Sage-Grouse Local Working Group
2002 Rod Sando, former Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game
1999 The Nature Conservancy

Randall B. Smith Emerging Leader Award

Year Recipient
2021 Chris Yarbrough
2020 Maria Pacioretty
2019 Zoe Tinkle
2017 John Guthrie

Ted Trueblood Communication Award

Ted Trueblood was an avid hunter, conservationist, public land advocate, and renowned outdoor writer who was born, raised and educated in Idaho. He lived in Idaho much of his career and wrote for Field & Stream magazine for 40 years. Among other achievements, his column was instrumental in generating public support for the creation of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. He also successfully focused public attention in opposition to the Sagebrush Rebellion of the late 1970s and early 1980s. For more information on Ted Trueblood you can go to the website for the Trout Unlimited Ted Trueblood Chapter or to Archives West where the collection of his papers resides.

ICTWS offers the Ted Trueblood Communication Award for Best Student Poster, Best Professional Poster, Best Student Paper, and Best Professional Paper at the Annual Chapter Meeting. Presenters are scored for awards based on the following criteria:

  • Organization: Adherence to time limits; logical progression of ideas and of arguments.
  • Content: Basis for topic, hypothesis or objectives, methods, supporting content, results and conclusions clearly presented; level of originality of information.
  • Style: Enthusiasm; delivery; connection with audience; appropriate use of voice and gestures; attire; ability to address questions.
  • Graphics and Visuals: Appropriateness to presentation, overall design; ability to convey message quickly; pleasing format; stand-alone ability of each graphic.
Year Best Student Paper Best Professional Paper Best Student Poster Best Professional Poster
2021 Cory Allred Corina Sanchez Scott Bergen
2020 Noelle Zenger Jason Pyron Austin Young Dorah Mtui
2019 Deo Lachman Zoe Tinkle and Micah Lauer Brecken Robb Andrea Kristof
2018 Talia Jolley and Kassandra Townsend Jon Horne Emily Nightingale Charlotte Milling
2017 Tyrell Styhl Brian Kennedy Hanna McCaslin Becca Scully
2016 Kezia Manlove
Zoe Tinkle
Jon Horne Stephanie Berry Kathy Cousins
2015 Zach Swearingen Joe Horne Erin Pikcilingis Michael Lucid
2014 Heidi Ware Jericho Whiting Brecken Robb Peter Olsoy
2013 Rihianna Hohbein Dianne Evans Mack and
Michael Lucid (tie)
Robert Miller Collaborative Effort of:
Rob Cavallaro
Daryl Meints
Hollie Miyasaki
Paul Atwood
Shane Roberts
Bryan Aber
Duston Cureton
2012 Bonnie Woodsand Meghan Camp (tie) Scott Bergen Jessica Sherburne
2011 Bryan Stevens David Ausband Jamie Utz, Bonnie Woods Beth Waterbury
2010 Kevin Monteith Kerri Vierling
2009 Jennifer Stenglein Lisette Waits
2008 Kevin Monteith Janet Rachlow
2007 Peter Coates David Ausband
2005 Regan Berkley Tess O’Sullivan
2003 Christopher Jenkins Rex Sallabanks
2002 Barney Harper Kerry Reese
2001 Jennifer Boisvert E. O. (Oz) Garton
2000 Aaron Wirsing Daniel Edge
1999 Matthew Lucia Paul Makela
1998 Andrew Lindbloom Jack Connelly
1997 Gary Nohrenberg Steve Knick
1996 Scott Gardner Kerry Reese
1995 Mark Ulliman Kerry Reese
1994 James Schneider Tom Hemker
1993 James Schneider Jack Connelly
1991 Helen Ulmschneider Steve Schmidt
1990 George Pauley Tom Hemker
1989 E. Frances Cassirer Larry C. Jindrich

ICTWS Management, Conservation, and Education Grant

The purpose of the Management, Conservation, and Education Grant Application is to promote and financially assist projects that further the purpose of scientifically sound wildlife and habitat management in Idaho. ICTWS will award grants up to a maximum of $2,000 annually, depending on availability of funds. There is no grant award minimum. Matching funds and partnerships are encouraged, but not required. Deadline for submission of the application is February 8th, 2021. Non-recipients of awards are encouraged to re-apply in succeeding years if eligibility requirements are met.


Year Name
2021 Eden Ravecca
2020 Ben Wishnek and Andrea Kristof
2019 Jonathan Dudko and Carrie Hugo
2018 Andrea Kristof, Steve Alsup, and Heidi Ware (declined)
2017 Deniz Aygen, Meghan Camp, and Bill Dell’Isola
2016 Amanda Goldberg and Steven Mathews
2015 Carl Lundblad
2014 Adam Kehoe

ICTWS Scholarship

The Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society established the Idaho Wildlife Undergraduate and Graduate Student Scholarships in 2012. The purpose of the scholarships is to assist with college education costs for undergraduate and graduate students whose professional goals support the mission and objectives of The Wildlife Society. Scholarships are awarded at the annual meeting. ICTWS awards up to $1,500 for Undergraduate Scholarships and up to $2,000 for Graduate Scholarships.

Scholarship Information and Application

Scholarship Letter

Year Undergraduate Winner Graduate Winner
2021 Autumn King Kristina Parker (MS) & Elise Stacy (PhD)
2020 Chloe Beall Sara McIntyre and Rachel Stein
2019 Zachary Sanchez Carl Lundblad
2018 Kassandra Townsend Amanda Goldberg
2017 Elise Goslin Alexander Killian
2016 Charlotte Milling
2015 Katey Huggler Rob Lonsinger
2014 Jonathan Dudko
2013 Heide Ware and
Jesse Bunkley

University of Idaho Scholarships

Year Kvale Award Norberg/Meiners Award Michael Gratson Award
2014 John Severson Matthew Modlin Courtney Comer $2000
Kelsi Potterf $1750
Meagan Bailey $1000
2013 Gifford Gillette and
John Severson
Taylor Lasley Kimberly Saty $3000
Mitch Parsons $3000
2012 Maria Martinez Salinas Cassandra Von Nordheim None awarded
2011 Teresa Lorenz Daniel Weigand None awarded
2010 Matt Sorum Will Black None awarded
2009 Jeremy Baumgardt Landon Moore Jeff Stackhouse
2008 Harry Jageman Harry Jageman Kara Ravenscroft, Katie Pond, Lori Eichel
2007 Niko Balkenhol Cassidy Bair Landon Moore, Sean Howard

Photo Contest Winners

Year Wildlife Landscape Plants People Outdoors People’s Choice Creative Expression
2021 Eden Ravecca

Anna Owsiak

Anna Owsiak Bryan Stevens Eden Ravecca Bryan Stevens
2020 David Dressel David Dressel Dusty Perkins Lindsay Rush Dusty Perkins Rachel Stein
2019 Ariana Dickson Kara Campbell David Dressel Ariana Dickson