Conservation Achievement Awards

Nominations now open

Submissions close Friday, March 30

For more than 50 years, Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Achievement Awards have recognized the efforts of Tennesseans who make outstanding contributions to wildlife and natural resource conservation. These annual honors are given to individuals and organizations worthy of statewide recognition for their conservation efforts. Any Tennessee citizen, organization, or industry is eligible for an award. See the list of awards below.

Winners will be honored at the Federation’s Annual Conservation Achievement Awards to be held at a luncheon on Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Loveless Cafe Barn in Nashville. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 30. Award winners will be notified by Friday, April 6.

In order for your nominee to be considered, fill out the form below or this PDF, attach detailed biographical information on the nominee, and provide a narrative and/or list of accomplishments in the area of conservation.

If you have any questions, contact Tony Lance at or (615) 353-1133.

Thank you for your time and effort regarding this exciting way to recognize conservation in Tennessee. We look forward to receiving your nominations.

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CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR For the achievement(s) considered to have made the most significant contribution to the cause of natural resources conservation in Tennessee. The action should have taken place during, or culminated in, the contest year.

Z. CARTTER PATTEN AWARD For many years of effective and valuable service to the cause of conservation in Tennessee, including, but not limited to, natural resources management, environmental protection and enhancement, public education, public service, or political support.

CLARK AKERS AWARD For many years of dedicated, effective, and valuable service to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, through its governing boards, committees, projects, or other activities.

LAND CONSERVATIONIST For outstanding achievement in land-use, watershed and wetlands development or protection, erosion control, recreational development, habitat improvement, and other management practices tending to maintain or improve the environmental aspects of land and related resources.

WATER CONSERVATIONIST For outstanding achievement in pollution control, conservation and protection of wetlands, estuaries and wild or natural rivers, prevention of water degradation quality through effective planning and management or other activity aimed at maintaining or improving water standards.

AIR CONSERVATIONIST For outstanding achievement in obtaining quality air standards, reducing pollution, affecting control of pollution sources or other action contributing to significant improvement in air standards.

FOREST CONSERVATIONIST For outstanding achievement in forest and woodlands development management or use including reforestation, preservation of wilderness areas, wildlife habitat development, fire protection, wise cutting practices and multiple-use forest lands.

WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST For outstanding achievement contributing to effective management, control, restoration or replenishment of wildlife resources.

YOUTH CONSERVATIONIST For the outstanding conservation effort by a person who had not attained the age of 21 during the contest year. Winner should have demonstrated ability, leadership and accomplishment in some phase of conservation. Youth groups acting together in a conservation program are also eligible.

CONSERVATION EDUCATOR For outstanding achievement in educating others on conservation. Education process may be formal or informal, aimed at persons of any age or may be leadership which, by example or demonstration, aids in the education of others.

CONSERVATION COMMUNICATOR For outstanding achievement in effectively conveying the conservation message and creating public awareness of conservation issues in the news media.

CONSERVATION LEGISLATOR For outstanding achievement by a legislator in conservation legislation or other legislative work which took place in or culminated in the contest year. Any duly elected state or federal legislator is eligible.

CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION For outstanding achievement by an organization for work in some phase of conservation during the contest year. May include civic clubs, conservation groups, garden clubs, women’s clubs, businesses and trade or professional organizations.

CONSERVATION BY BUSINESS For outstanding conservation achievement by a business or industry located in Tennessee. Achievements mandated by courts or regulatory agencies will not be considered.

HUNTER EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR For outstanding service by a certified instructor in educating sportsmen through the TWRA-sponsored Hunter Education Program and for promoting a knowledge of wildlife management as well as safe and ethical participation in all hunting and shooting activities.

GEDEON D. PETIT MEMORIAL AWARD For outstanding accomplishments by a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer in the area of citizen education, public outreach, and community service, which exemplifies the dedication, energy, enthusiasm, skills and dedication of the late TWRA officer Gedeon D. Petit.

Conservation Achievement Award Nomination Form

Nominator's Information

Nominee's Information

Please select the most appropriate category. Judges may change, at their discretion, the category based on the nominee’s work.
Biographical Information
(Word documents, PDFs, and JPGs accepted.)
Why should the nominee be recognized?
Please provide enough detail, as narrative and/or as a list of accomplishments, to give judges an understanding of the nominee’s work. (1,000 word limit.)