The Conservation Federation of Missouri recognizes outstanding achievement in conservation activity including the highest honor, Missouri Conservationist of the Year.
Conserving our air, water, soil and wildlife resources is an ongoing challenge that requires a continuing commitment by all citizens. Many people have made outstanding personal efforts toward some aspect of conservation, either individually or as part of an organization. Through these awards CFM seeks to give them the recognition they deserve. If you know someone who has done something special to aid conservation in Missouri, we invite you to nominate them for a Conservation Award.
Who can be nominated?
Any resident of Missouri is eligible to be nominated for a Conservation Award. There are no restrictions on who can prepare a nomination.
For the most outstanding overall conservation effort and achievement, most significant contribution to the cause of conservation or toward solution of a major conservation problem in the state during the year. This effort can be in any area of natural resource conservation.
Conservation Communicator of the Year
For the outstanding conservation effort during the year by a person, newspaper, magazine, radio station, or television station in the state. The recipient may be in any recognized communications medium. A person, organization or group may be recognized which has accomplished the most in creating a public awareness of the importance of natural resource conservation.
Forest Conservationist of the Year
For the outstanding forest conservation effort during the year. The winner should have accomplished the most in forest management or conservation. Eligible areas of effort include tree planting, timber stand improvement, fire prevention and/or suppression, development of multiple-use programs on forest lands, etc.
Air Conservationist of the Year
In areas where pollution is a crucial problem, separate recognition for outstanding efforts in this field may be given in addition to or in lieu of the Water Conservationist of the Year. This similarly applies to solid waste, pesticides, or any other area of environmental concern.
Professional Conservationist of the Year
For the most outstanding accomplishment during the year by a professional in the field of conservation or natural resource management in Missouri.
Conservation Educator of the Year
For the outstanding conservation effort in education in the state. Recipients should have accomplished and demonstrated recognized education methods directed toward the conservation of natural resources.
Water Conservationist of the Year
For the outstanding water conservation effort during the year. The recipient should have made the most significant contribution to water conservation (wise-use) and impact on others. Eligible areas of effort include water pollution control, wetlands preservation, protection of wild or natural rivers, etc.
Youth Conservationist of the Year
For the outstanding conservation effort by a person who did not attain the age of 21 years during the year. Youth groups acting together in a conservation program are also eligible. The winner should have demonstrated ability, leadership and accomplishment in any phase of conservation either individually or as a group effort.
Hunter Education Instructor of the Year
For the most outstanding effort in hunter education in the state during the past twelve months. The recipient should have demonstrated innovative means of teaching Missouri youth the hunter safety/hunter ethics message or made significant voluntary contributions to hunter education instruction.
Wildlife Conservationist of the Year
For the outstanding acomplishment during the year which has made a significant contribution to the management and/or restoration of wildlife.
Soil Conservationist of the Year
For the outstanding soil conservation effort in the state. The recipient could be a landowner, administrator or technician who had accomplished the most in all phases of soil conservation programs. Eligible areas of effort include small watershed development, solid and wind erosion control programs and others.
Conservation Organization of the Year
For the outstanding contribution to the conservation effort by a state organization during the year. Federation chapters are eligible for this category and statewide or local bona fide organizations including but not limited to garden clubs, civic organizations, women’s clubs, rod and gun clubs, etc. Private corporations may also be nominated in this category. Recipients should have also demonstrated keen interest in projects and programs within the state which deal with basic and serious natural resource problems and should have evolved an action program stemming from that interest.