Conservation Leadership Awards

IWJV honors conservation champions who lead the charge for collaborative habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.

We are proud to recognize and support conservation leaders in the Intermountain West. On an annual basis, we invite nominations for the Conservation Partner Awards and the John E. Nagel Award. In 2017, we established four categories for the Conservation Partner Award: Private Landowner Conservation Champion, Conservation Science, Conservation Partnership/Partner, and Conservation Policy Champion. We are pleased to announce a NEW fifth category for 2020: Conservation Youth Award. These categories allow for broader recognition of conservation activities that closely match the diversity of the IWJV partnership.


John E. Nagel Award 

The John E. Nagel Award was established in 2000 and named in honor of the IWJV’s first Management Board Chair. This award recognizes and honors an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the IWJV and efforts to conserve habitat through building public and private partnerships.


Conservation Partner Award – BY CATEGORY

Private Landowner Conservation Champion Award

This award recognizes and honors private landowners for their contributions to natural resource conservation and management in the Intermountain West in alignment with the goals, objectives, and priorities of the IWJV. Further, the individual or entity is a community-based conservation leader and helps to promote this conservation model at multiple scales.

Conservation Science Award

This award recognizes and honors an individual, agency, organization, corporation, or a collaborative effort that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of bird or landscape-scale habitat conservation in the Intermountain West through science, research, or technical advancements in alignment with the goals, objectives, and priorities of the IWJV.

Conservation Partnership/Partner Award

This award recognizes and honors an individual, a group of partners, or a collaborative effort that has made outstanding contributions to a project or initiative and has played an instrumental role in advancing strategic, landscape-scale habitat conservation. It recognizes exemplary achievements in building and strengthening conservation partnerships in the Intermountain West in alignment with the goals, objectives, and priorities of the IWJV.

Conservation Policy Champion Award

This award recognizes and honors elected/appointed members of federal, state, or local government for their contributions to natural resource conservation in the Intermountain West in alignment with the goals, objectives, and priorities of the IWJV. Note: This award is given upon a joint decision by the IWJV Government Relations and Awards Committees.

NEW for 2020Conservation Youth Award

This award recognizes and honors an exceptional young* individual that has made outstanding contributions to natural resource conservation in the Intermountain West in alignment with the goals, objectives, and priorities of the IWJV. Further, the individual is a community-based conservation leader and helps to inspire other young people to address conservation challenges in their communities. *Note: Individual must be no older than 24 years as of the nomination deadline.


AWARDS HALL OF FAME 

Past John E. Nagel Award Winners

  • 2019 – Terry Mansfield (to be presented)
  • 2018 – Virgil Moore
  • 2017 – Alan Clark
  • 2016 – Carey Farmer
  • 2015 – Bruce Taylor
  • 2014 – Brad Bortner
  • 2013 – Randy Gray
  • 2012 – No award recipient
  • 2011 – Clen Atchley & Mark Biddlecomb
  • 2010 – Bob Turner
  • 2009 – Larry L. Kruckenberg
  • 2008 – Don Paul
  • 2005 – Jim Cole
  • 2004 – Eldridge “Red” Hunt
  • 2003 – Alex Chappell
  • 2002 – Western Regional Office, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
  • 2001 – Teton Regional Land Trust
  • John E. Nagel

Past Conservation Partner Award Winners

Past Conservation Youth Award Winners

Working together is always better

We’re always looking for new partners with mutually beneficial programs to advance projects that benefit birds and other wildlife, ranching, industry, and economic livelihoods of western communities and cultures.

Let's Work Together