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NACD Awards

NACD's annual Awards Program recognizes individuals and organizations for outstanding work and leadership in soil and water conservation. Nominations for 2016 awards are now open. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony at NACD's 2017 NACD Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo. in January. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

NACD Friend of Conservation Award - Nominations are open until August 31.
The Friend of Conservation Award recognizes an individual, business, organization, agency, etc. outside the association for outstanding contributions to the conservation of our nation's natural resources.


NACD Distinguished Service Award - Nominations are open until August 31.
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.


NACD President's Award
Chosen by the NACD President, this award recognizes an individual or organization that has been especially helpful or active with regard to conservation during the President's term.


Partner Awards

Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award
On December 7, 2007, the conservation partnership lost a friend and outstanding leader in NACD President Olin Sims. Sims was a rancher from McFadden, Wyoming and was distinguished by years of volunteer service to conservation 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, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and NACD have jointly established an Olin Sims Conservation Leadership Award.

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