An initial nomination form provides a brief summary of the nominee’s accomplishments and why those accomplishments are significant. Initial nomination forms nominations are due January 7th, 2022. If a nominee is selected as a finalist, the nominator will then be requested to submit a full nomination.

Please submit your nomination by completing the initial nomination form here.

In the form you will be asked to indicate the award category for the nomination. In previous years, "Conservation and Restoration" was a standalone category. Last year we adjusted the categories to focus on a broad range of stakeholders, recognizing that all nominees engage in work that furthers wetland conservation and/or restoration.

Below are the descriptions of award categories:

(1) Youth Leadership: This award is given to a wetlands champion, under the age of 21, whose work demonstrates a strong dedication to protecting wetlands. The nominee must be age 21 or under at the time of nomination.

(2) Scientific Research: This award is presented to an academic, consultant, or individual engaged in forward-thinking scientific research on wetland ecosystems.

(3) Promoting Awareness: This award is presented to an educator, volunteer, NGO staffer, or other individual whose direct activities inspire others to engage in wetlands protection and provide them with the tools to do so, through knowledge sharing, outreach, or advocacy.

(4) Local Stewardship: This award is presented to a landowner, community member, local NGO staffer, or local government official, or other individual who voluntarily helps restore, protect, or minimize impacts to their local wetlands through actions taken either on their own property or land owned by others.

(5) Wetlands Program Development: This award is given to a state, local, or tribal authority who has developed and administered an outstanding wetland program. 

(6) Business Leadership: This award is given to an individual who, through the course of their work in the private sector, has made substantial contributions to wetland sustainability as part of a corporate responsibility initiative or through their business.