Questions about the nomination process can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may call Kathryn Campbell at 202-939-3806.
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.
A short-form nomination consists of three parts:
1. Contact Information: Nominators should provide contact information for both the nominator and nominee; this includes (a) full name; (b) affiliation; (c) mailing address (including city, state, and zip code); (d) telephone number; and (e) email address.
2. Nomination Category: Nominators may suggest one or more nomination categories (with a maximum of three categories) for their nominee. The categories are described more fully below. The Selection Committee will make the final decision on the nomination category for each nominee. Awards may not be given in every category.
3. Summary of Accomplishments: Nominators should provide a summary of the nominee’s accomplishments and why those accomplishments are significant. Nominators may wish to include the following in their summary of accomplishments:
The summary should be a maximum of 800 words.
The short-form nominations are due November 21, 2016 Extended until December 21, 2016.
The Selection Committee will review the short-form nominations and choose finalists. Nominators of finalists will be informed and will be given time to complete a full nomination. Details regarding the full nomination will be provided to nominators at the time they are informed their nominees are finalists.
You may suggest one or more of the following nomination categories (with a maximum of three categories) for your nominee. 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.
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.
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.
Please note that this Award is presented to a private landowner who is using at least part of his or her land for farming, ranching, development, etc. (i.e. entire parcel is not enrolled in a conservation program such as WRP).
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.
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.
6. Wetland Community Leader: This award is given to an individual who has devoted significant time and energy to wetland protection by mobilizing concerned citizens to protect a wetland or introducing and/or spearheading the passage of wetland legislation. For example, this may be an individual who has led a coalition of citizens to work with the state transportation agency to protect a local wetland system, or a person who has spearheaded a campaign to pass state legislation to protect wetlands.
SUBMITTING SHORT-FORM AND FULL NOMINATIONS
Short-form and full nominations should be emailed as a single PDF or Word document to email@example.com.
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:
Have questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kathryn Campbell at 202-939-3806.