Nominations

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Nominations for the 30th Annual National Wetlands Awards (2019) will be accepted starting Monday September 10, 2018.

 

Nominations can be submitted in two ways:

OPTION 1: Fill out the online version of the Initial Nomination Form HERE

OPTION 2: Download the PDF version of the form HERE and email complete form to wetlands@eli.org

 

Nomination Form Tips from Past Selection Committee Members:

· Be very clear about the specific accomplishments of the nominee. Differentiate between being part of a team or group effort, and leading an effort or accomplishing something single-handedly.

· Provide a clear statement of the intended audience of the nominee’s work.

· To the extent possible, quantify the nominee's successes (e.g. in years worked, acres restored, students reached, etc.)

·  (Final Nomination Form, semi-finalists only), Selection Committee members have found additional materials (letters of support, resumes, news articles, etc.) detailing a nominee's accomplishments to be helpful additions.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Only individuals, not organizations, are eligible to be nominated for an award.  Federal employees are not eligible. Retired federal employees are not eligible for any work or volunteer efforts done during the time they were employed by a federal agency. Self-nominations are not allowed. Projects not currently in compliance with the Clean Water Act or similar state or local statutes, as well as projects compelled by enforcement actions under those statutes, are not eligible.

 

NOMINATION PROCESS TIMELINE

Nomination Period (September 10, 2018 - December 14, 2018)

Nominators submit Initial Nomination Form to nominate an individual for the National Wetlands Awards. The Initial Nomination Form asks for 1) contact information 2) nomination category and a 3) summary of accomplishments to support the nomination.

Selection of Finalists (February 2019)

The Selection Committee will review the Initial Nomination Forms and choose finalists. Nominators of finalists will be informed and will be given time to complete a Final Nomination Form. Details regarding the full nomination will be provided to nominators at the time they are informed their nominees are finalists.

Winners Announced (April 2019)

Winners will be announced on our website and social media. Winners and nominators of winners and finalists will be contacted. 

30th Annual National Wetlands Awards (May 7, 2019)

The ceremony will be held at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington DC. 

  

NOMINATION CATEGORIES

Awards may be given to individuals in the following categories. Please select ONE category that best describes your nominee's work. Note, there is no need to apply specifically for the "30th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award", as all nominees will be automatically considered for this award. For examples of previous recipients, please visit www.nationalwetlandsawards.org/awardees.htm

1. Conservation and Restoration: This award is given to an individual who has accomplished the conservation and/or restoration of significant wetland resources through the use of on-the-ground restoration, management, or conservation methods on public or private lands. For example, this may be an individual who has used an innovative approach to restore a wetland ecosystem, or someone who has contributed to the protection of a regionally significant wetland area through the use of tried-and-true conservation methods. (NOTE: Examples listed are meant for guidance only; please do not limit nominations to the examples included here.)

2. Education and Outreach: This award is presented to a teacher, nonprofit organization staffer, state/local government employee, artist/film maker, reporter, or other individual involved in hands-on wetland education. For example, this may be an inspirational educator who has developed a wetland course that brings children into the field to learn about wetland ecology. (NOTE: Examples listed are meant for guidance only; please do not limit nominations to the examples included here.)

3. Landowner Stewardship: This award is presented to a private landowner who, while using his or her private land for farming, forestry activities, ranching, or development, voluntarily helps restore, protect, or minimize impacts to wetlands. For example, this may be a farmer involved in wetland restoration or conservation on his or her land or enlisting nearby landowners in such efforts, or a residential developer who provides significant protection or restoration of wetlands associated with a subdivision. (NOTE: Examples listed are meant for guidance only; please do not limit nominations to the examples included here.) 

4. Science Research: This award is presented to an academic, consultant, or individual leading scientific research on wetland values and functions, restoration, or enhancement. For example, this may be an individual who has spearheaded groundbreaking or influential research on wetland restoration. (NOTE: Examples listed are meant for guidance only; please do not limit nominations to the examples included here.)

5. State, Tribal, and Local Program Development: This award is given to a state, tribal, or local government employee, who has developed and administered an outstanding wetland program. For example, this may be a state government employee who has developed a streamlined wetland regulatory program, or a local government employee who has developed a wetland registry. (NOTE: Examples listed are meant for guidance only; please do not limit nominations to the examples included here.)

6. Busniess Leadership: This award is given to an individual who, through the course of their work in the private sector, has made a substantial contribution to wetland programs, sustainable wetland practices, or in other ways advance wetlands protection through their business. For example, this may be an environmental consultant or mitigation provider who has inspired positive change in the industry or developed innovate restoration programs/techniques, or a person who has provided significant resources or support to wetland programs or restoration efforts. (NOTE: Examples listed are meant for guidance only; please do not limit nominations to the examples included here.)

NEW! 30th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award: In honor of the 30th anniversary of the National Wetlands Awards, this special award category recognizes an individual with a career that exemplifies long-term commitment to wetlands protection and conservation. (NOTE: There is no need to apply specifically for this category, as all nominees are automatically considered for this award. For example, a "Science Research" nominee will be considered for both "Science Research" and "30th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Awardees will be chosen by a committee of wetland experts representing the conservation and business communities, as well as federal, state, and local governments. ELI strives to assemble a selection committee that represents all geographic regions of the United States.

Suggestions from previous Selection Committee members:

    • Be very clear about the specific accomplishments of the nominee. Differentiate between being part of a team or group effort, and leading an effort or accomplishing something single-handedly.
    • Provide a clear statement of the intended audience of the nominee’s work.
    • To the extent possible, quantify the nominee's successes (e.g. in years worked, acres restored, students reached, etc.)
    • In the full nomination (for finalists only), Selection Committee members have found additional materials (letters of support, resumes, news articles, etc.) detailing a nominee's accomplishments to be helpful additions.

CONTACT US

Have questions? Please email wetlands@eli.org.