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Annual Awards

Award Nominations

Nominations are closed for the 2016 George B. Fell Award and Carl N. Becker Stewardship Award. Questions? Contact Rick Myers.

Each year the Natural Areas Association acknowledges individuals who have demonstrated excellence in managing natural resources, and who have significantly advanced natural area identification, protection, research or stewardship. Recipients are honored at the NAA Awards Dinner held during the conference.

Awards Dinner

Join us on Wednesday, October 11 for this year’s NAA Awards Dinner.

George B. Fell Award

George B. Fell

The Natural Areas Association presents the George B. Fell Award to an individual who exhibits the highest qualities of the natural areas profession and who has significantly advanced natural area identification, protection, stewardship or research. This award is given in honor of George B. Fell, founder of the Natural Land Institute and a founding NAA member and officer who dedicated his life to the protection of Natural Areas. This is the association’s highest award, and it is reserved for exceptional achievements in any of the areas in which the Natural Areas Association is concerned. It is a top-of-career award.

Fell Award Nomination Guidelines

Please follow these George B. Fell Award guidelines when nominating an individual for this award.

In your nomination, please describe:

  • The achievement(s) that form the basis for this nomination.

  • The scope of the activity and the complexity of the resources/issue(s) addressed.

  • How creativity or leadership was demonstrated.

  • What other decisions or actions illustrate the nominee’s overall, long term commitment to natural area preservation and activities designed to restore and/or preserve natural diversity of ecosystems? How has this commitment been communicated to the public?

  • To what extent the nominee’s accomplishments addressed resource preservation issues of widespread concern regionally or globally.

  • Whether a nominee’s accomplishments were strictly in the course of employment or were above and beyond – did the nominee volunteer/donate time and resources?

  • Nominee’s involvement with NAA. Is the nominee an NAA member? If so, for how many years have they been a member? Has the nominee ever served on the NAA Board, or an NAA Committee? If so, for how long have they served?

The Award:

  • Recognizes those qualities exhibited by George B. Fell, such as life-long dedication and commitment, creativity, and the ability to forge new approaches that significantly advance natural area protection.

  • Recognizes sustained or ongoing individual achievement in the natural area profession.

  • Recognizes accomplishments that have significantly advanced natural area identification, protection, stewardship or research.

  • Recognizes any area of professional activity.

  • Maintains a very high standard of integrity.

2016 Fell Award Winner

Dr. John Sawyer

Photo by Michael Kauffman

Carl N. Becker Stewardship Award

Carl N. Becker

The Natural Areas Association presents the Carl N. Becker Stewardship Award to individuals or groups in recognition of excellence and achievement in managing the natural resources of reserves, parks, wilderness and other protected areas. It is given in honor of Carl N. Becker, former NAA president and conservation leader whose skills benefited natural area conservation locally, regionally and nationally.

Becker Stewardship Award Nomination Guidelines

Please follow these Carl N. Becker Award guidelines when nominating an individual or group for this award.

In your nomination, please describe:

  • The achievement(s) that form the basis for this nomination.

  • The scope of the activity and the complexity of the resources/issues addressed.

  • How creativity was demonstrated. What new ideas or different approaches the nominee or group used to solve the problem(s).

  • What methods or techniques the nominee used to overcome obstacles and how they contributed to the success of the overall mission.

  • What other decisions or actions illustrate the nominee’s or group’s overall, long-term commitment to natural area preservation and activities designed to restore and/or preserve sustainable ecosystems. How has this commitment been communicated to the public?

  • Whether a nominee’s accomplishments were strictly in the course of employment or were above and beyond: did the nominee volunteer/donate time and resources?

  • Nominee’s involvement with NAA. Is the nominee an NAA member? If so, how long have they been a member? Has the nominee ever served on the NAA Board, or on an NAA Committee? If so, for how long have they served?

This award recognizes individuals or groups who have:

  • Resolved or made a significant contribution to an issue related to identification, protection and/or management of natural areas.

  • Developed creative or innovative strategies that have directly contributed to resolution of issues or otherwise greatly improved protection of natural areas.

  • Made a major advance in the protection of natural areas and wildlands.

2016 Becker Award Winner

Dr. Jenny Cruse-Sanders

Photo by Duke Rankin