NACD Awards

NACD’s Annual Awards Program recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding work and leadership in soil and water conservation. The 2016 awardees will be recognized at a ceremony held in their honor at NACD’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, in January. Please submit nomination forms and any questions you may have to awards@email.nacdnet.org.

NACD Friend of Conservation Award

Nominations will be accepted through September 14, 2016. The Friend of Conservation Award recognizes an individual, business, organization, or agency outside the association for outstanding contributions to the conservation of our nation’s natural resources. Any individual, business, organization or agency that is not directly associated with conservation districts at the local, state, or national level is eligible to receive this award. Nominations can be made by any individual, organization, agency or conservation district. The Friend of Conservation Award recipient will be selected by the NACD Awards Committee.

The award recipient will be honored at the NACD Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, this coming January. They will also receive complimentary registration for one day of the meeting, one complimentary ticket to the Appreciation Banquet, and a plaque in recognition of their work.

Nomination Form: DOC | PDF

NACD Distinguished Service Award

Nominations will be accepted through September 14, 2016. The NACD Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual within the association, a conservation district, or a state association that has made significant contributions to the conservation and proper management of our nation’s natural resources. Nominees can be involved with districts or the association at any level, including past NACD officers. Nominations are also accepted for individuals posthumously and may be submitted by any individual, organization, agency or conservation district. The recipient will be selected by the NACD Awards Committee.

The award recipient will be honored at the NACD Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, this coming January. They will receive complimentary registration for one day of the meeting, one complimentary ticket to the Appreciation Banquet, and a plaque in recognition of their work.

Nomination Form: DOC | PDF

NACD President’s Award

Chosen by the NACD President, this award recognizes an individual or organization that has been especially dedicated to advancing conservation during the president’s term.

Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award

On December 7, 2007, conservation lost a friend and outstanding leader in NACD President Olin Sims. Sims was a rancher from McFadden, Wyoming, who devoted years of distinguished service to conservation initiatives at the state and national levels. In tribute to Sims’ memory, and to help further promote and recognize outstanding conservation leadership at the state and local levels, NRCS and NACD have jointly established the Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award.

For more information or to send in your nomination, please contact your USDA NRCS state conservationist’s office.

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